In 1950, a man named Ernest Ellis started a car wash in Grand Rapids. There were no motorized brushes or automated sprays back then; instead, cars would drive through the building as staffers positioned along the route used steam guns, wash tanks, and hand mitts to wipe away dirt and Dewey for President fliers from automotive exteriors. After a name change, a panoply of new locations, and many upgrades to what was often the most cutting-edge wash technology in the country, today's Southland Auto Wash maintains its high-tech approach to cleaning with automated wash tunnels, in-depth detailing, and luxurious extras including its own signature tire protectant. This passion for meticulous care, along with the wash's extensive water-conservation projects, earned the sudsatorium a nod as Grand Rapids Magazine's Best Car Wash for more than 14 years straight.
In family hands since 1967, Schroeder’s Body Shop & RV Repair employs technicians to restore a clean sheen to scuffed-up vehicles and attends to all manner of RV needs. Automotive wash-downs ($130 value) bring customer vehicles to the able hands of Schroeder’s car-wash technicians, who spend one hour to two hours hand-washing and drying the buggy and ensuring it won't gradually turn into a pumpkin. After a thorough chassis sluicing, window blasting, and wheel washing, technicians dress tires to the nines and cover the vehicle in wax to prevent the shine from escaping back into nearby jewelry stores.
Graff Chevrolet kicks out the dirt passengers from cars, trucks, and SUVs of any make and model. Each vehicle’s five- to six-hour renaissance detail begins with an engine-bay bathing to blast away built-up grime. Vehicle exteriors are thoroughly washed and waxed before the doors are opened to treat interiors to a thorough vacuuming, followed by hot-water extraction on carpets and seats. Full transparency is returned to slurpee-splattered windows, and wheels and tires are scrubbed and shined until even chrome accessories genuflect in genuine admiration. Doorjambs are relieved from obstinate mudcakes, and stowaway dust bunnies are removed from the trunk until car and driver are at last joyously reunited.
Letavis Enterprises - Fast Eddies Oil Change of Michigan, along with Letavis Soft Cloth Car Wash, is part of the Letavis family of auto facilities, which has been keeping cars clean and well oiled for 22 years. Fast Eddies does its part by doling out Quaker State oil changes. Technicians replace old crude with up to five quarts of fresh oil, top off fluids, and conduct 21-point inspections to make sure everything's in working order and that the car isn't hiding any secret tattoos. Fast Eddies also keeps cars looking as good as they run with wash packages that combat dirt and road film with triple coat foam waxes, sealer waxes, and tire cleaners..
With a quarter century of experience under its soap-sudded belt, Joymar's automatic car washes guide cars toward a cleaner way of living with an array of treatments. The Super Wash begins with a high-powered wash aimed at cleaning salt and grime from the undercarriage, known for bearing the tenderest cuts of car meat. The body is then treated with a protective conditioner that's triple the strength of the wash's regular wax. The application of rust inhibitor prevents unsightly oxidation, while a fortified clear coat sealer conceals the car in a cocoon of shine and wards off environmental elements that dull paint finish. Finally, 10 touchless, hot-air blowers collectively burst with 750 cubic feet of air per second, in order to dry nearly every drop of water, sans fingerprints and smudges. During colder months, a 960,000 BTU flame heater is used to banish drops of water from the kingdom of the car before they can stage an icy coup d'etat.
With mechanical and artistic prowess, the technicians at Design Rides customizes autos inside and out. Their projects range from designing fiberglass trunks for Honda Civics to airbrushing dolphins along the side of Ford trucks. They enhance stereo systems with audio equipment from Kicker and PowerBass, and install remote car starters to let car owners activate ignitions at the push of a button and make neighbors think their car is haunted. When a complete makeover is not required, they keep cars in showroom shape with detailing services.