From the road, Mammoth Car Wash & Detail Salon’s red-brick building looks like an independent coffee shop, complete with a charming outdoor patio. Guests lounge at wrought-iron tables, shaded from the midday sun by deck umbrellas and a copse of trees, but it’s their cars that are getting pampered. In the garage, detailers specializing in hand washes battle dirt with soap, wax additives, and war cries before drying vehicles off with a gentle chamois. For more in-depth details, the team waxes exteriors to lend glimmer to paint jobs and revitalizes interiors, extracting crumbs and grime with a vacuuming and shampoo. With convenience as one of its pillars, Mammoth takes appointments online so that customers can avoid long waits. Free WiFi fills an onsite café where customers can enjoy refreshments or host their vehicle's next birthday party.
More than 40 years ago, the doors to Fountain Car Wash & Lube's full-service car wash tunnel opened to reveal a slew of heavy bristle brushes. Since then, the tunnel has been refurbished with soft cloths, high-pressure water jets, mild cleaning detergents, clear-coat waxes, and touchless dryers that blow away any remaining water droplets before they attract thirsty cops. The car wash works in tandem with the detail shop, where seasoned technicians shampoo interiors and revivify paint jobs with biodegradable waxes, Rain-X, and Simoniz double-bond paint sealer. In 1995, the staff added a full-service lube shop, an authorized Valvoline Express Care outlet that features transmission flushes, tire rotations, oil changes, and complimentary checkups in between services.
For more than 20 years, the certified technicians at DEKRA Emission Check have done one thing and done it well: superfast Georgia-state vehicle-emissions inspections. Although most patrons choose to stay in the car and alphabetize their eight-track collection during the typically five-minute inspection, many of the growing list of almost 30 Atlanta-area locations feature an indoor lounge for auto owners to kick back in. If a vehicle?s emissions exceed the regulated limit, the team advises drivers of their options and performs a free retest at a later date.
Since its creation in 1925, DEKRA Emission Check?s umbrella company, DEKRA, has grown to include more than 30,000 employees in 50 countries. In addition to having performed more than three million vehicle inspections in the United States, the larger business offers services such as expert appraisals, industrial product testing and certifications, and management-system certifications.
For more than 17 years, the technicians and sales associates at Nissan of Athens have outfitted motorists with new and preowned Nissans while taking care of cars with maintenance and detailing services. The showroom sparkles with factory-fresh cars, trucks, and SUVs flaunting odometers with plenty of zeros. Preowned vehicles come gift-wrapped in 84-month, 100,000-mile limited warranties that cover 603 components, giving drivers the peace of mind normally found only on roadside psychiatrist couches. The team keeps wheels rolling with factory-recommended maintenance and provides detailing services to keep the miles passing fashionably.
Xpress Shine Car Wash’s automated tunnel is designed to re-create the gentle touch of human hands—if human hands were able to wash an entire car in three minutes. As vehicles start along the 125-foot conveyor, a biodegradable, high-lubricity foam begins to break up dirt and grime. The eco-friendly system then deploys recycled, low-pressure water and strategically placed cloth ribbons made from spa robes in place of brushing, blasting, or harsh chemicals. Optional surface protectants and a powerful air-dryer array finish the process, after which drivers can use free high-powered vacuums to get the inside as clean as the outside.
One day, someone spied Crown Pressure Washing's truck down the street at a neighbor's house and realized that their own windows could also use a good cleaning. Instead of asking this person to call in and schedule an appointment, the Crown Pressure team simply stopped by when they were done and took on their new client's project.
It's this sort of customer service that the company's technicians aim for, but they don't stop there. They try to genuinely shock clients with the results they achieve, transforming dirty surfaces into sparkling specimens of brick, stone, and concrete. They also perform auto detailing, bringing along their own products with which to slay that thing living in your glove box.