Gentle sprays of soap and water soar at vehicles of all shapes and sizes as the technicians helm a revolving-belt system that carries autos through a cleansing crucible without scrapes or scratches. After customers drive their roadsters through the wash tunnel, they can relax in Planet Auto Wash's lobby, where snacks await and a plate-glass window offers a prime view of each vehicle as it passes through the detailing area, gets an interior vacuuming and wipe down, or tackles the obstacle course.
The ASE-certified mechanics of Nationwide Tire & Auto have kept domestic and foreign vehicular chariots rolling for more than half a century with AAA-approved repairs and tires from Yokohama, Goodyear, and Michelin. Certified emissions-repair facilities inhibit smog, and complimentary shuttle services reduce the need to call in favors from friends or strap rockets to rollerblades. Technicians educate patrons on each service performed, and the center's eCustomer program stocks noggins with essential automobile information. Advance Auto Care and Tire Center also backs up parts and services with a 12-month or 12,000-mile warranty to ensure that newly smooth rides stay cruising during long road trips or motorized reenactments of the Olympic hurdles.
Inspections VA-MD's 23-step auto inspection and emissions test evaluate cars to confirm they're road ready, air-friendly, and conform to Virginia's emissions standards. During the 30-minute process, technicians run through a long list of checks starting with the brake system, which they scour for defective drums, leaks, and worn disk pads that could lead to embarrassing slide-bys in the fast-food drive-thru.
Serving Northern Virginia since the 1960s, Embassy Autowash carefully cleans each vehicle that cruises through its wash tunnel. During car wash sessions, the brushless system protects automobiles' sensitive surfaces from microscopic scratches while keeping every hair in place.
L.A. Tint's factory-trained technicians curtail heat with scratch-resistant Formula One tint films, which come recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. Window tints are both practical and stylish, like leopard-print Post-It notes, and keep the interiors safe from high temperatures, UV rays, and blinding glares. Drivers seeking some shade can enlist the aid of two front-window tints ($89), and a full tint job for a two-door car ($169) keeps the sun from sneaking in through a side door or rear entrance. Prices range based on the car's size and ability to sit without blinking, and all tints are backed by a national manufacturer's lifetime warranty.
In addition to recycling 100% of its water, Speedy Green Car Wash incorporates eco-friendly practices into its wash process, including an energy-management system and biodegradable chemicals. As a Meguiar's direct-line detail center, Speedy Green ensures its staff is thoroughly trained in the art of using Meguiar's products to clean cars, whether they want to be cleaned or not. Drivers can go rogue and detail their own vehicles under the guidance of the skilled staffers, or relax as staffers wash cars with a soft cloth, jet wash, and surface protectant. The auto-detailing menu lets drivers pick and choose from à la carte services to add to packages, including an interior super clean, a carpet and mat shampoo, and an orbital buff and wax. Speedy Green's self-serve stations let dogs, bikes, or tricycle-peddling canines get in on the sudsy action.