The Toyota Corolla was in sad shape, with its driver-side door crumpled after what must have been a nasty sideswipe. But the missing window, crushed panel, and nonfunctional lock mechanism ended up being an easy fix for Malden Broadway Auto Body’s technicians, who have been working in the face of rampant automotive destruction since 1945. Before and after stories like this are a hallmark of the team, who guide vehicles and their owners through every step of the rehabilitation process, from towing and insurance claims to repair and post-op lollipops.
Hi End Customs restyles vehicles with everything from Strut wheels and grills to custom sound systems. Technicians install remote starters that can make engines rev from up to 1 mile away at the touch of a pager or even a smartphone. To protect high-tech gadgetry by brands such as Sony, Pioneer, or MTX Audio from the eyes of strangers, they can also lay dark, protective tint films along the windows or install alarms that safeguard rides with multi-tone sirens and shock sensors. Outside, details that include a buff and wax ensure cars look as good on the exterior as they do on the inside and save vehicles the trouble of trying to attract potential drivers with their sense of humor.
Simoniz's The Best exterior service pampers transporters with a shine-restoring exterior wash. Car caretakers ensure that carriages are completely cleaned, from their hard exoskeletons to soft underbellies to mate-attracting rims. Rid windshields of bug-and-dirt debris before applying a visibility-boosting treatment. After a tire shine matches trundling rubber to trendy patent-leather streets, a team of wash techs gives autos a final Double Bond protectant and autos go through a machine drying process, assuring all the essential oils get absorbed into their thick skins. As part of this deal, Groupon customers also receive $10 off an express detailing service ($44.99) during a future visit.
At Lord's Detailing and Car Wash, technicians spurn mechanized car washes and opt to make over autos, boats, and even planes with their own two hands. With compulsive attention to detail and topnotch products, they swiftly hand scrub vehicles from roofs to tires and coat paint with wax to replenish moisture and shine. Inside cabs and trunks, they vanquish clutter before sudsing up carpets and reconditioning delicate leather, vinyl, or papier-mâché seats.
Each of Armando's thoroughly trained and vetted techs has four or more years of experience in restoring vehicles to a pristine state, which they channel into detail-oriented cleanings. Auto-aestheticians hand-wash exteriors and thoroughly swab out wheel wells and doorjambs. Techs brighten and shine tires, then groom the car's coat during a three-stage ritual that begins with a clay process to remove road grime, patches of rough or gritty texture, and the bodies of kamikaze dragonflies. Next, a machine clear-coat polish restorer smoothens minor blemishes, lifts light oxidation, and rousts the most stubborn of grime. Finally, techs hand apply a paste wax forged from a 100% carnauba and polymer blend that leaves a protective coat that's as reflective as a philosophy major the day after graduating.
Masters of moving parts for more than three decades, the ASE–certified technicians at Automotive Services of Boston coddle cars inside and out with comprehensive details and repair services. Technicians eschew rough automated wash tunnels for gentle hand washes and waxes, coaxing showroom shines out of even the most shopworn autos. Their maintenance menu also covers car-care concerns across the alphabet, from air-conditioner and brake repair to towing services and tune-ups for the glove box’s built-in xylophone. Each service comes backed by the added peace of mind contained in the shop’s 100% maintenance warranty.