Cars line up outside Complete Car Wash, awaiting their turn to duck under the blue awning and into the automated tunnel. Therein, wash packages lavish cars with triple-foam polish, Rain-X, Simoniz paint sealant, and other products. Technicians then step inside to clean floor mats and spritz air freshener. Complete Car Wash also details rides, waxing surfaces by hand and giving upholstered seats shampoo mohawks. In the new indoor waiting room, a plush, leather couch and flat-screen televisions keep drivers comfortable as they await their cars' return.
Amity Car Wash & Detail Center scours vehicles inside and out with four wash packages—the top two of which include a 48-hour rain guarantee—and three detailing packages. Blue Coral and Simoniz products play major parts in the effort to supply every vehicle with a just-cleaned shine. When not drying cars with hand towels or feeding hood ornaments treats for sitting still, the shop's crew helps local schools, clubs, and sports teams raise money and protect the environment through a Think Green fundraising program.
Auto electronics have changed a lot since 1989. Tape decks gave way to iPods, LCD screens brought movies to the back seat, and the Internet expanded from college campuses to car interiors. Frank Rodriquez and his crew at Exotic Auto Boutique have worked on the frontlines of this technological evolution, wielding a half century of collective expertise while tailoring vehicles' aesthetics and equipment. Specializing in seamless audio updates using Soundstream equipment, the team also sells listening gear for DIY installation from other brands including Pyle and Kenwood. With an enthusiasm for unusual projects, they invite big dreamers in for complimentary consultations for projects to make over school buses as limos, trick out children's bikes, or transform pumpkins into horse-drawn teleportation devices.
The fully insured staff at Precise Auto Detail tends to vehicles in-house and at customers’ locations, augmenting the convenience of their services with complimentary vehicle pickup and drop-off services. Technicians retrieve rides from driveways while clients are busy at work, then deluge autos with precisely heated water and return them safely to homesteads lickity split before pistons have the chance to develop abandonment issues. Drivers can also drop off their vehicles, or enlist the shop’s self-powered mobile unit to cater to undercarriages on the spot. Outside the realm of everyday autos, Precise Auto Detail staff members lend their talents to other modes of transport including motorcycles, boats, and RVs.
A red-and-white awning directs vehicles inside Bellmore Car Wash’s garage, where technicians have washed, detailed, and repaired vehicles for more than two decades. Open seven days a week, the shop specializes in washing autos to a showroom-ready finish, but the staff can also tint windows, repair bumpers, and erase minor dents caused by forces such as hail or 95-mile-per-hour tennis serves hit across the ocean from Wimbledon.