The techs at Mad Mikes Car Wash stay in touch with the industry trends they need to know to take expert care detailing brand new and careworn autos alike. In addition to lathering roadsters by hand, the techs also buff away scratches, wax and seal paint jobs, and steam-clean sullied carpets. They can also turn their hoses on semis to liberate wheels, tires, and cabs from caked on mud and landlubbing barnacles. Remote car starters add convenience and a bit of flash to a mundane activity, while window tint keeps interiors cozy and protect them from UV rays. When they aren't pampering autos, techs power wash structures such as homes, sidewalks, and decks.
One of the most romantic hallmarks of America's history?riding the rails past a pristine landscape?is very much alive on the Cape Cod Central Railroad. Towed by an engine originally built in 1951 for the Santa Fe Railway, the train rumbles past views of the region's woodlands, sand dunes, and cranberry and salt bogs and crosses the Cape Cod Canal over a bridge exclusively meant for trains. Throughout the course of the gently rocking ride, entertaining on-board narrators provide insight into the history and ecology of a region that allowed glacial bedrock to form into railroads over millions of years. Along with the casual two-hour sightseeing trips, the railroad offers several vintage dining trips, including a candlelit evening foray that features a gourmet five-course meal, romantic background music, and a strict dinner-attire dress code.
Smartwax Professional’s mobile detailing and reconditioning technicians come to you, ready to wash, wax, and shine your vehicle with Smartwax's own line of products. This includes their Eco Wash system, which produces no runoff and uses less than one quart of water per vehicle compared to the 98 gallons used by the average car wash. Technicians tend to cars with one of three detailing packages, which can be customized with services such as engine cleaning, enzyme-based deodorizing, and clay treatments for cars prone to acne.
Interstate All Battery Center leads the charge in power outposts, providing lifelong Texans and reserve-power road trippers with brand-new batteries for their trucks, cell phones, computers, and more. With a vast storehouse of more than 16,000 products, Interstate carries batteries for nearly every brand of laptop and PC, as well as a bevy of automotive batteries to restore sedans, coupes, and station wagons after a long night of headlight staring contests. Household powerables are also available, including 24-packs of Energizer AAs for bulk buyers, an Energizer 9V alkaline battery for metronomes possessed by surprisingly funky eighth notes, and one case of Lite Brite fuel, distilled from corn syrup and Olympic silver medals. Old used batteries find comfy retirement at Interstate’s recycling center, allowing their former owners and well-meaning grandchildren to rest easy.
Drawing on half a century of automotive service, the family owned and operated Midas helps drivers to prolong vehicle vigor with factory-recommended maintenance services. Mechanics pop car hoods to perform oil changes with standard and temperature-durable synthetic solutions, taking time to inspect belts, hoses, fluids, and the air conditioner's resident penguin. Armed with efficient catalytic converters built to US EPA standards, the staff helps to shrink harmful emissions during muffler and exhaust-system checks. Trained technicians augment brake services with lifetime guarantees and curate healthy, evenly worn tires with rotations or replacements from Goodyear, Michelin, Firestone, and Bridgestone.
Prestige Car Wash & Detail Shop features a 200-foot soft-cloth wash tunnel that combats automotive grime with a potpourri of soaps, conditioners, and Rain-X products. The facility’s self-serve wash bays and vacuums stay open 24 hours a day, and its attentive detailers tackle more extensive jobs by scrubbing, waxing, and conditioning every surface of the vehicle. An array of other services such as window tinting and dent removal fulfills cars’ cosmetic needs, and the onsite convenience store stocks snacks, drinks, and auto accessories.