Anthony D. Chavira opened ATX Imperial Auto Glass to correct the shortcomings he saw in other auto-glass businesses. Prioritizing customer relationships over sales, Anthony has managed to spread his brand of service across eight shops where technicians endure rigorous training to earn certifications from Delta Kits, the National Glass Association, and the National Windshield Repair Association. After they’ve mended glass wounds such as rock chips and cracks or replaced entire panes, the crew caps off each service by vacuuming interiors, washing windows, and burning busted glass on a pyre.
H2O Car Wash and Detail's staff keeps cars in showroom condition with an emphasis on attentiveness and high-quality products. Meticulous hand washes are the team members' hallmark, and they perform each scrub down with soft, wool mitts instead of relying on machines or enormous carnival dunk tanks. To keep every vehicle looking its best, washes incorporate 100% carnauba wax to baby paint jobs and Lexol conditioners to gently maintain inside upholstery. The technicians rid interior and exterior dirt with a suite of washing and detailing services that leaves finishes glowing and interior fabrics looking freshly laundered. While the team does its work, motorists stay entertained in a lounge furnished with free WiFi and cable TV, and a kids' play area complete with video games works even better than hiring the GPS navigator to babysit.
At Genie, nearly a half-century of business success lends an air of wizened experience to locations recently upgraded with $500,000 in renovations. A large staff efficiently shuttles vehicles through a wash tunnel cushioned with foam pads designed to leave exteriors unscratched. Patrons can choose between one of six multistep car washes, or cherry-pick à la Carte services such as leather conditioning, engine cleaning, and headlight restoration. Detailing packages assemble extra touches that subject disheveled cars to white-glove once-overs including trunk cleanings and carpet steam cleanings.
As a figure in the car wash community for more than 20 years, George Murray has seen what technology can do...and he's no fan of it. At least when it comes to car washes. The advent of mechanized power scrubbers and jet-engine power blowers may have led to the popularity of automated car washes, but those robots are prone to scratching surfaces, snapping antennas, and stealing hood ornaments to add to their trophy case. Understanding that human hands know how to polish a car better than over-sized toothbrushes, George opened The Final Touch Car Wash to give cars a custom, hands-on treatment. Utilizing soft wool mitts, car wash and detailing experts spiff up exteriors and interiors with hand polishing and waxing treatments that leave no scratches, and dry surfaces with soft chamois cloths.
At The Arbor Car Wash, skilled detailing crews and lube technicians meet drivers’ everyday vehicular needs from washing and detailing to oil changes and state inspections. Automatic washers restore squeaky-clean shine to exteriors, and pure elbow grease vacuums carpets and waxes exteriors. In the service center, technicians swap out oil with fresh, premium Castrol oil. Throughout each wash or service job, customers can retreat inside for a handful of popcorn or slink into a comfy chair to whittle a new steering wheel. The Arbor Car Wash also looks out for its community, donating time and money to a list of organizations that includes the American Cancer Society, the Austin Children’s Center, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
The seasoned car crusaders at Shade Tree Auto revamp dirtied buggies with a variety of services using top-notch products and meticulous techniques. Catering to each wagon individually, the motorcar magicians take into account each vehicle's origin, make, and model when determining which products and buffing equipment to use. Reap repair benefits with a headlight restoration ($75 per pair), or build up shields against insect attacks and zealous paparazzi with a contaminant-removing clay bar treatment ($75) or custom hand wash and carnauba-wax treatment ($90). For additional protection, motorists can upgrade to a polymer sealant that defends shiny new paint jobs for up to a year under normal conditions. Meanwhile, road chariots weary from unexpected cameos on Double Dare can clean up movie slime with a full interior ($115) or exterior ($185) detail to get a covey of vacuuming, buffing, scrubbing, and polishing services that give jalopies a showroom shine.
Squeeky Clean Car & Truck Wash welcomes autos of all shapes, sizes, and makes into its collection of self-service and fully automated washbasins. Automatic washes guide vehicles and trainee weather reporters past a monsoon of multiple presoaks, high-pressure washes, and glistening clear coats. A self-service area ups the ante of DIY washing with an extended tool chest that ranges from tire and engine cleaners to pressure waxes and clear protectants. Squeeky Clean also shows off its humanitarian side with offers to split fundraising profits down the middle with a host of local nonprofits or raise public awareness of endangered sponge-capsule animals.