For 15 years, Pearl Car Wash has pampered vehicular surfaces with an array of doting services performed by expert auto aestheticians. Entrust four-wheel friends to the indulgent care of a gold wash to buff up fiberglass panels and erase mud-drawn effigies of Mr. Rogers. This thorough treatment begins with a full-service hand wash, an underbody tickle session, and a stylish tire-and-exterior dressing. Then, car-care professionals step inside each auto to vacuum the carpets of pebbles and stray G.I. Joe limbs, scrub the dash and console, and desmudge the windows. Finally, every car is coated in a flattering rainbow wax and clear-coat protection.
When customers roll into LG Customs with their favorite auto, the technicians unroll tinting film and apply it to the windows using precision tools, including the noble squeegee. They do this not only to enhance the car's appearance, but also to improve the glass's safety and protective features. With professional tinting film properly installed, windows block up to 99% of the sun's UV rays while reducing heat and preventing interiors from fading and cracking. The crew also knows that tinting film adds a level of shatter resistance, holding the glass together during an accident or when transporting troupes of operatic sopranos.
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With its sloping, spanish-tiled roof and matching fill-station canopy, Emerald Oil looks more like a roadside chateau than a roadside gas station. Nonetheless, visitors to this La Mesa hot spot can fill up their tanks—both gasoline and propane—and pick up any number of little conveniences. Inside the station shop, beer, liquor, and tobacco products rub elbows with a wide variety of sodas, coffee, and snacks. Customers can pick up lotto tickets and newspapers or ask the clerks’ assistance in filling up propane tanks and dream journals until 10 p.m. daily.
For more than 20 years, GotCarWash.com has been providing unlimited car washes to customers nationwide through its innovative membership program. Online clients simply browse a list of locations—more than 100 in California alone—and sign up for unlimited cleanings at the most accessible one. But regardless of which location they choose, they can rest assured that their car will be bathed by professionals wielding only the highest quality cleaning products on the market. The teams strip away grime with biodegradable shampoos and cleansers, as well as top-notch formulas like a special closed-cell Envirosoft Foam, a cleansing foam designed not to scratch exteriors. The cleansing arsenal also includes products like ArmorAll Professional, Mequiar, Blue Coral, and Rain-X- all of which work to protect the car's finish from harsh environmental factors and any birds that decide to hold tap dance practice on its hood.
Cali v. Smog, a licensed State of California smog-test facility, ensures that vehicles of all models and manufacture dates aren't emitting excessive pollutants before sending them off with a pat on the trunk and a state certificate. Since Cali v. Smog is a test-only station, motorists can gauge their car's environmental output without being coerced into buying a new muffler or putting their vehicle on a regimen of high-fiber motor oils.