Divine Auto Salon runs on eco-friendliness. Inside a facility equipped with recycling bins and high-efficiency lighting, green cleaning solutions cajole dirt into releasing its grip on cars. Each solution comes from exclusively corn-based containers that, unlike plastic containers or Volkswagen Beetles, will break down over time. And the company's unconditional love for water means less of it gets wasted during each wash.
Before getting the green light, Divine’s technicians undergo three weeks of extensive in-house training that includes classroom time and hands-on detailing experience. Then, and only then, are they ready to walk customers through each step of the detailing process, explaining goals and revealing where cars most like to be tickled. These technicians enjoy more than just listening to dirt scream in protest as it's wrenched from vehicles, though. They also find joy in outfitting front ends with custom 3M bras, repairing dents without using any paint, installing SunTek window film, and updating headlights with HID conversion kits.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
Martin's Auto Detailing has spruced up cars in its Tigard shop for more than a decade. During detailing sessions, technicians lavish rides with suds and soft cloths before treating paint to hand or machine-applied polish. After performing exterior services, which may also include dent and windshield repair, they step inside the vehicle to shampoo carpets and wipe down panels. Beyond cars and SUV's, Martin's staffers also service motorcycles, RV's, boats, and pimped out Radio Fliers.
Fresh Start Detail Co.’s certified staff of car-cleaning technicians buff and scrub interiors and exteriors of cars, boats, and RVs, leaving vehicles with a gleaming, clean appearance. Rides in need of an old-fashion wash-down come out pristine with Fresh Start’s hand-wash and spiff, a basic package consisting of a hand-wash and dry and an interior vacuum, dusting, and window wash ($58–$128). Or, opt for the A La Carte detail, which relieves your car of rogue dirt, debris, or car-deteriorating alien infestations ($128–$298). This comprehensive cleaning includes a fresh interior detailing, containing floor-mat steam cleaning, light interior dusting, and window wiping. The bubbly dirt blasting continues with an exterior cleaning, including hand-washing and hand paste wax. Individual services, such as an exterior wash and wax ($98–$168) and the standard interior detail ($198–$348), can be purchased on an as-needed basis. Fresh Start Detail Co. offers $5 loaner BMWs to patrons who need a ride around town during their car-cleaning session. Car-detailing prices vary within given ranges based on size and condition of vehicle.