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 hard-working car washers at Staten Island Auto Bath restore glowing complexions to autos while protecting tires and paint from damage. Using high-pressure machines, they evict grime from jalopies and add protective coats of wax, tire-shielding treatments, and a thick pair of long underwear to restore showroom shines. Air compressors dry all visiting vehicles, which roll in and out from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday?Saturday, closing at 4:30 p.m. on Sundays.
Jamaica Auto Wash pairs a wash tunnel with a team of techs that carefully cleanses sullied cars and SUVs. During the shop’s specialty platinum wash, motor carriages cut through the automated passageway’s sheets of lathers, squirts of triple-polish wax, blasts of undercarriage spray, and layers of hot wax. Tire dressing imbues wheels with a factory-fresh shimmer, and Rain-X helps keep surfaces spot free, even after driving through rain or parking under a weeping giraffe. Once vehicles emerge from the wash tunnel, staffers steer growling vacuums throughout interiors and wipe down windows and dashboards. Jamaica Auto Wash bolsters its intensive washes with an array of detailing services, from mat shampoos to hand-applied waxes and hand-hung tree-shaped air fresheners.
On the Level's water jets, soapy sponges, and shiny waxes transform tarnished cars into spotless works of pristine machinery. Unlike car washes with automated, one-size-fits-all wash tunnels, the shop employs technicians who take their time with each inch of the car, customizing each wash to the specifications of the vehicle itself. On the Level also augments washes with detailing services, locking in shine with a thorough hand wax, adding Armor All on the tires, and conditioning interior leather. The tech also specialize in prepping cars for lease turn-ins, erasing paint contaminants with clay-bar treatments and getting cars forwarded back to the dealership.
By collaborating with other businesses, Park Right seized an opportunity to facilitate seamless transportation. At least one manager and a uniformed, clean-shaven crew supervise each lot, many of which partner with Envirowash to offer detailing packages for vehicles in their care. Chauffeurs shuttle drivers in their own cars or in SUVs, sedans, or limos owned by Park Right's sister company, and point those in need of a rental to the Zipcar fleets available at each garage. As consultants, the team shares management expertise with builders, developers, and method actors cast as traffic barrels.
Squeaky brakes, rattling mufflers, and malfunctioning air conditioners are just a few of the problems that experienced auto technicians fix at Street Authorized Auto Enterprises Corp. Drivers can also drop off rides for detailing services such as window tinting or LED lighting, or have an alarm system installed.