A blue awning stretches over the pavement at Lake Mary Car Wash, where skilled hands polish and shine road-weathered chrome. Technicians combine more than a decade of experience with efficient, modern equipment. Moving beyond minor grime, they use paintless dent-removal and intensive detail services to suture any wound a car may have incurred from rush-hour dust-ups or kamikaze shopping carts. Window-tinting treatments up the cool factor on newly cleaned autos, and onsite oil changes keep things running below the surface.
Signature service: Tires, lube, oil, filter, brakes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Goodyear, Monroe, Napa, Carquest, Michelin, Continental
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with professional brake services including a lifetime warranty on parts, labor and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, suspension repair, and belt replacement.
For more than 20 years, cars have lined up at Car Wash Palace to await a range of aesthetic services. The experienced staff of detailers runs autos through everything from basic washes to ultimate detail packages that rely on old-fashioned elbow grease to wax paint rather than the mechanical touch of a robot spilling melting candles on your hood.
As auto owners initiate custom scrub-downs in Xtreme Kleen Car Wash's five self-service bays, roadsters surrender to three levels of five-minute mechanical washing in one of two automatic bays. The Super Basic wash, Ultimate wash, and Xtreme wash all commence with a presoak that blasts away bug residue and dust-doodled composite sketches of impolite hitchhikers before machines scrub undercarriages and exteriors to a dry, spot-free shine. An Ultimate wash adds in hot wax and a double pass of blow-drying, and Xtreme washes run the full gamut of amenities, including a triple-foam wax conditioner and a sheer coat of protection against attacks from the elements or disgruntled former chauffeurs who were displaced by cruise control.
After selecting one of four wash packages, customers roll their autos through Neat Wash's automatic tunnel for soft-touch washes that protect paint jobs and prevent scratches. Depending on the option selected, cars undergo a basic wash or indulgent scrub down with enhancements such as clear-coat applications and Rain-X protection. The latter prevents the gathering of water on windshields during stormy weather or if five people are standing over your car and wringing out a sweaty jersey custom made for The Hulk. Neat Wash also offers detailing, crawling into cabins to vacuum seats and condition vinyl. Skilled in other automotive areas, techs can also service air conditioners and brakes, and perform routine tune-ups.