Black Diamond Car Wash's expert team of auto immaculatizers buff cars with an eco-friendly list of cleansing services. The emerald wash begins with a vacuum of the passenger compartment to suck up dirt, dust, and discarded burrito wrappers from floor nooks and seat crannies. Then, sullied exteriors are stripped of grime with a high-quality tunnel wash to reveal shining fiberglass bodies. After a towel-dry and a deep-clean dusting of the dash and console, finger-drawn hearts are carefully erased from interior windows. Most washes are finished in about 15 minutes, though larger vehicles may take longer.
The detailers at Mike's Auto Spa designed a signature process to leave vehicles looking like they just came off the line. They start by documenting the car's condition, flipping through the car’s old baby pictures, and thoroughly washing its exterior. They then clean engines and treat leather or carpet interiors. Then it's back to the exterior, where they apply compounds and polishes that leave paint jobs shiny, protect windshields, clean headlights as needed, and shine tires. Finally, they perform a triple-check on every part of the vehicle.
If customers don't have time for the signature treatment, Mike's team also scrubs up vehicles with express services. Vehicles roll through the car wash tunnel, before heading to the vacuum lane, where staffers suck up dirt and crumbs.
Highlighted by Modern Car Care magazine in 2008, Whistle Clean Car Wash stays environmentally friendly by using biodegradable soaps and minimizing water usage. During a Whistle Clean Supreme full-service car wash, which takes about 15 minutes, four-wheeled friends sit still as soft cloths scrub their skins and vacuums and rags scrutinize their interiors for foreign objects. Sponges then dive down for a cleaning of the oft-ignored underbody, and applications of clear-coat protectant and wax, foam polish, tire shine, and rim cleaner wrap the car in an embrace that's strong enough to squeeze out its inner beauty.
Pro Import’s ASE-certified master technician and team of factory-trained experts maintain, repair, and detail cars of all makes and models, including their specialties: Toyota, Lexus, Honda, and Acura. They restore and install tires, change oil, and perform tune-ups to ensure cars travel smoothly, like a bullet train through the Great Tunnel of Lard. In the detailing center, 3M products lend a helpful hand to cleaning crews, who sweep through vehicles inside and out during five different packages—from the simple wash, wax, and vacuum of the Bronze service to the fully loaded Platinum Plus detail, complete with three coats of wax, a high-speed polish, and a clay-bar treatment.
Husband-and-wife duo Kevin and Marisa Gomez opened Superior Auto Image to keep cars looking as young as the day they rolled off the sales lot with repair and maintenance services and a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau, Superior Auto Image not only repairs and replaces windshields, but also performs window tinting and headlight restoration for all makes and models of automobile. Technicians can also apply clear 3M bras on any area of the car, offering full protection from dirt, flying rocks, or flying insects disguised as rocks. Professional detailers can also treat cars to a waxing that makes them sparkle.
PlanetSwim founder and owner Stephan's life is a timeline of aquatic achievements, containing awards that he won as a competitive swimmer as well as several teaching titles—lifeguard trainer and Red Cross–certified swim instructor among them. At PlanetSwim, Stephan holds his staff to similar standards. Each teacher has a minimum of five years of swim-instruction experience and has also been Red Cross–certified. Together, the team channels its knack for tutelage into swim lessons for children and adults of all ages in indoor, heated pools, including the one in Louisville, which is filled with warm water to encourage students to get in.
PlanetSwim's philosophy centers around personal attention, an element that demands small class sizes and a supportive atmosphere. Whether they are leading a 10-minute lesson for a water-shy toddler or an intermediate course on different strokes, the instructors monitor their pupils closely to ensure both comfort and development of technique.
So established is Circle K that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including Ball Park hot dogs. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with Premium Coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.