Certified maintenance consultant Brian Laidlaw has been caring for foreign, domestic, and classic cars for more than 25 years. Stationed in the Hampden-Woodbury area for most of that time, Brian takes pride in offering only what a small, local business can: one-on-one attention, and loads of information. To keep rapport with his customers at its highest level, Brian and his staff snap before and after pictures on all of their automotive repairs. They also provide free towing and road service, which is far more effective than coaxing cars to the shop with trails of cookies. While customers wait for repairs to be completed, they have all the accoutrements of a coffee house at their disposal, including a grinder, brew stations, and a variety of different coffees and teas.
True to its name, On the Spot Detailing—in addition to having an actual location—provides mobile detailing. On the Spot dispatches fully equipped teams to various locations to provide quick and professional car-cleaning services. They perform full detailing—removing bugs and tar, degreasing doorjambs, and cleaning up any mummies resting in the trunk—or quick washes with microfiber mitts and streak-defying chamois cloths.
As part of your Ultimate Express Wax, DAA's professional mobile staff of detailers will sneak up on your car while it's out grazing and hand-clean its exterior with brand-name products and a plethora of special cloths and applicators. Next, they'll bring back its off-the-lot luster with a shiny wax and weather-resistant polish, which lasts up to a year. DAA technicians will also vacuum your car's interior, wipe door jambs and dash with clear polish, and polish nonporous surfaces. The only thing not included in the Ultimate Express Wax package is an engine cleaning, which science has proven can only be performed by very hungry caterpillars.
Committed to the environment as much as they are to customer satisfaction, the auto bathers at Flagship Carwash coddle dusty vehicles with eco-friendly chemicals and the green LEED-certified water system found at their Herndon location. From eight locations across the Washington, DC, area, they vacuum rugs and wipe down dashboards before cars bask in a high-pressure tunnel wash. Technicians also break out the elbow grease for hands-on detailing services, scraping off splattered bugs and tar, buffing exteriors to remove scratches, or spiffing up interiors to obscure werewolf gashes in leather seats. To restore smooth surfaces, they touch up paint on car bodies and remove small dents by popping the metal back into place.
Old Town Trolley Tours provide sightseers with extensive, fully narrated tours of the national capital, taking tourists past both the heavy-hitting attractions and the little-known gems. This deal gets you a full-day pass (9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.) to hop on and hop off the trolley at any of its 19 stops. This means you can get on at the Washington Welcome Center, ride it until you're enticed by the hypnotic pilasters and cartouches of the Jefferson Memorial, then get on again at any other stop throughout the day. The full tour of Washington takes about three hours, and each tour is patriotically lead by a licensed tour guide, who'll tell historical anecdotes, share intriguing facts, and cast any tie-breaking votes in the Senate. Sit back and relax as your trolley smoothly takes you past Washington hotspots such as the National Mall and the Smithsonian.