At Victory Lane Full Service Car Wash, an automatic conveyor system works together with good old-fashioned elbow grease. After mild detergents and fresh water rinse away dirt in the wash tunnel, the staff treats cars to the soft caress of a towel dry and an interior vacuum. The list of services ventures beyond the realm of basic washes to include three levels of detailing and à la carte options such as a triple-foam wax, rim cleaning, tire dressing, and headrest massage.
Before they break out the waxes, clay bars, and buffers, the technicians at Rocky's Custom Detailing kick off every exterior detail with a hand wash. This in order to erase the surface dirt clinging to grills, wheel wells, and other spots that machines can't reach. After that, they embark on a thorough tour of the car's interior and exterior; depending on which package the client chooses, they'll perform tasks such as steam cleaning the upholstery, and buffing scratches from the car's finish. The detailers also offer a few finishing touches such as chrome polishing, which can help make the car look as clean and new as it did when its transmission gears still had their baby teeth.
Grand Prix Car Wash transforms the dirtiest of sedans, SUVs, and convertibles into pristine and well-waxed chariots. Their speedy automated soft-cloth wash banishes the lingering traces of rain, road dirt, or rock salt, and can be complemented with à la carte detailing services such as Scotchgarding or clay-bar treatment. Many of Grand Prix's car-wash packages also carry 24-hour or five-day guarantees, allowing drivers to return for an exterior car wash and hand-dry if they should get caught in a storm or city-wide food fight after their visit.
PDQ Car Wash has been cleaning cars and trucks since 1960. The Ultimate Exterior wash restores a car's youthful shimmer with a double pre-soap and a full exterior wash, and the tricolor and clear-coat sealers ensure a lasting shine. An under-chassis flush removes any dirt or gremlins before car pedicurists clean the wheels. The Manager's Special wash begins with an ashtray emptying, dashboard wiping, and thorough interior vacuuming to remove taco crumbs and dinosaur bones. The attention shifts to the auto's exterior as washers set up a pulley-platform system, helping themselves reach every window, apply tricolor conditioner, and de-ice the locks in the winter or after driving into a meat locker. After an exterior wash and under-chassis flush, warm air and towels dry the car as a Victorian shoe shiner polishes its wheels.
Bottles of Meguiar's, Rain-X, Black Magic, and Nu Finish line the work bays at Car Pretty, where experienced detailers revamp rides with detailing and hand-wash services. Despite their impressive product arsenal, their supplies come second to their technique; using clay bars, detailers meticulously remove tiny scratches and imperfections from paint, taking care to evict all bird stains and hood-ornament birds' nests. They also take advantage of specially designed Tornador equipment that dislodges embedded dirt from all interior surfaces. While the detailers unleash their cleansing fury on sullied surfaces, guests can lounge in the shop's waiting room.