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 the standard brake service 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, factory maintenance services, batteries, belt replacement, and fluid services.
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.
At Tuffy's, motor-vehicle caregivers spruce up patrons' horseless carriages and prepare them for a new season of dutiful service. After installing a new oil filter, auto artisans remove the old sludgy glop clogging the car's arterial system and replace it with up to five quarts of 5W-30 or 5W-20 conventional motor oil (a $31.99 value; diesel or synthetic oil costs extra). The staff will also rotate tires to prepare four-wheeled wonders for safe gliding (a $12 value) and perform an inspection to make sure air-conditioning systems are functioning properly to bring riders to the brink of coolness faster than Fonzie’s leather jacket ($9.99). Finally, a pair of fresh wiper blades (up to 22")—grown locally by organic-blade farmers—supplants worn-out window-rubbers ($22) and a specialist conducts an extensive 41-point maintenance inspection.
The friendly and experienced staff at Bill’s Car Wash offers full-service buggy bathing and buffing seven days a week, regardless of the weather. Spruce up the exterior of your horseless carriage in just five minutes with a drive-thru Express Ultra Car Wash. As you relax within your car’s cozy confines, your soiled sedan will be lovingly scoured with powerful suds and coated with triple shine protection. An application of clear coat sealer protects autos from road germs while tire shine revives lackluster rims.