Armed with gentle soft cloths and biodegradable chemicals, Lighthouse Carwash's automated system sanctifies vehicle exteriors all year long, at all hours of the day. After a presoak and underbody wash, The Works car wash caresses exteriors with soft cloths accompanied by three foaming shampoos sprayed out of gothic soap gargoyles. Robotic appendages then coat surfaces with a cleansing conditioner and clear-coat protectant to bring out a sunglasses-shattering sheen. Like a pedicure, a high-pressure wheel blast and application of tire cleaner gives its recipient the confidence to wear risqué open-toe sandals in public. Each of Lighthouse Carwash's top-of-the-line washes wraps up with a spot-free rinse and power blow-dry.
With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Auto Service preps auto-wagons for summer travels with an array of alleviating automotive services. Pour your car a refreshing 5-quart glass of lubricant with an oil change ($30; synthetic or semi-synthetic oils available at an additional charge). Car caretakers can revolve their ride's rubbers with a tire rotation ($20) and switch rain blades with new windshield-wiper replacements ($25 for wiper-blades up to 24 inches). All of Car-X Auto Service's treatments are topped with a full-vehicle courtesy inspection included at no charge and, unlike other auto-service shops, Car-X won’t make your car feel uncomfortable by asking it to cough while a mechanic cradles its undercarriage.
When Mike's Carwash first opened in 1948, it was one of only 18 carwash businesses in the United States. Today, the family-owned establishment keeps the 65-year-old tradition of gussying up automobiles alive at 42 locations throughout the Midwest. At each location, accommodating staffers stand by to assist customers during the cleaning process. Decked out in cartoon neckties, the cheerful team ushers cars into computer-controlled washers that eschew traditional gear-operated brushes and baseball bats in favor of controlled sprays and soft cloths. After the mixture of eight signature soaps de-grimes surfaces, 200-miles-per-hour gusts of hot air dry vehicles instantly. Mike's also offers specialty coats to give car exteriors and tires additional shine.
At Benz Tech, cars, trucks, and SUVs return to smooth-running efficiency and glistening beauty by undergoing thorough repair, maintenance, and detailing services. Owner/technician Andy Bogue plies his trade with a wealth of experiences and accolades under his belt, a belt extracted from the engine of a car. He spent 10 years working for a Mercedes Benz dealer, achieving a coveted Master Guild certification. The veteran tech boosts automotive performance and appearances by performing routine oil changes and checkups, intensive repairs, as well as meticulous interior and exterior detailing. Benz Tech often serves remote clients through convenient pick-up, drop-off, or loaner car packages, or hosts customers in a comfortable waiting room, replete with complimentary Netflix, snacks, and coffee.
Drive & Shine's lengthy wash tunnel scrubs muck and mire from auto frames with eco-friendly soaps and nimble-fingered soft foam wraps. During the 10- to 15-minute service, an underbody wash cleanses the car's road-facing parts, and autos beam like a smiling hologram after being lovingly smothered in applications of clear-coat sealant and foam polish. A layer of Diamond Wax projects the radiant luster of the finish far into the future, and Wheel Brite and tire dressing keep the vehicle's rubber boots looking spick-and-span. To keep the interior looking sharp, technicians climb inside to vacuum dirt, debris, and crumbs from the rugs and seats, beat particles out of mats, scrub windows, and wipe dashes and door jambs with soapy foam wraps. Ten percent of Drive & Shine's proceeds will be donated to United Way, an organization that promotes healthy living and helps humans reach their full potential.
As a NAPA AutoCare Center, Bittersweet Automotive mends vehicles of all makes and models with services—which range from oil changes to complete engine replacements—backed by a nationwide 12-month/12,000-mile warranty. During the oil change, ASE-certified technicians milk engines of their soiled oils and refill them with up to five quarts of standard motor juice. Mechanics additionally work to ensure engines run smoothly with an oil-filter replacement, a traditional oil dance for good luck, and a 24-point inspection.