For the staff at Double Take Auto Detailing, maintaining a vehicle's appearance is just as important as changing its oil or feeding the tiny horses that live in its engine. That's why techs can shine up cars with three levels of auto detailing—Silver, Gold, and Platinum. All packages begin with a hand wash for the vehicle's exterior and to clean away dust and grime. Once cars put away their bath toys, the staff can perform more heavy-duty aesthetic services, including tinting windows and repairing minor dings by using a process that maintains the original paint job.
Perseverance pays off. Waterfront Auto Complex, like many other family-run businesses, struggled to maintain its footing after the closing of Homestead Steel Works. Their approach? After nearly four decades in service, they decided it was time for an upgrade. The team added a window-tint and detail shop to their automatic car wash and, after an uptick in business, a full-service Quaker State oil change. Waterfront now looks forward to many more years of servicing cars, SUVs, and, eventually, hovercrafts. “I really see an opportunity for growth in the Homestead area, not just for the waterfront, but all of the businesses and neighborhoods," says James A. Laux, president of the company’s corporate parent. "I'm not the only one making an investment in this community. As more people see the opportunity, the Mon Valley will do nothing but grow!”
Originally founded in 1959 by Kurt Ziebart as Ziebart International Corp., Ziebart has morphed from an auto-rust-prevention outfit into a full-service auto accessory and detail shop that has cropped up at some 400 locations in 30 countries. Performing everything from window tinting and professional detailing to electronics installation, Ziebart's experienced staff cares for cars with high-end products, including seasonal paint protectant and the company’s renowned rust inhibitors. To protect cars inside and out, Ziebart technicians also install accouterments such as alarm systems to thwart thieves and sunroofs to thwart unflattering film negatives from processing correctly (services may vary by location).
At LaserWash TouchFree CarWash, attendants don't soap up your car—instead, the cleans are administered by scrupulous touch-free automatic bays, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Drivers simply drive inside and follow easy-to-read signs to receive their mechanized pressure washes, which include an underbody spray, a clear coat protectant, and biodegradable soaps and waxes.
Bethel Park Rapid Wash’s signature three-minute cleanings can leave any car less than 7-feet tall feeling fresh and sporting a renewed shine. After thorough instruction from Rapid Wash staff, drivers shift their cars to neutral and coast through the automated wash tunnel, where soft, downy cloth and Neo-Tex foam obliterate dirt with their firm but gentle touch. The Ultra Wash package includes a tickly undercarriage wash, targeted cleaning with a high-pressure hose, and a spot-free rinse, followed by a stint beneath 12 powerful, yet sensitive, dryers. Triple-foam wax and a coating of clear rain protectant keep bodies glossy, and a wheel washing and tire shine polishes car feet from spoke to tread.
The certified specialists at Premium Air Solutions have a singular vision: to purge buildup from air-circulation systems. Pollen, spores, and dust mites may evade the naked eye, but they cannot escape the swirling vortex of the team's truck-mounted HEPA vacuums. The whooshing of the vacuum machines and sinister humming of the technicians easily overpower tiny airborne miscreants, ultimately bolstering indoor air quality and optimizing energy efficiency.