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.
Established in 1995, Cartique specializes in high-quality auto cleaning executed with the softest of whipped-cream-caressing touches. Customers pulling their grocery haulers into Cartique’s glistening family-owned abode are greeted by an experienced staff of dirt-blasting pros that smell like newly minted dollar bills. Each sedan ($35), SUV ($40), and wagon ($40) will be treated to a thorough Gold Package hand wash that includes a gentle exterior hand wash, chamois hand dry, hand buff, and express wax that scares off pterodactyls with its blindingly lustrous sheen. Interiors are assiduously cleansed of grime with an interior vacuum, window cleaning, dash and console wipe, and raccoon removal. Additionally, weathered tires are cleaned and treated to a luminous tire shine ($1 per tire) that efficiently removes dust, debris, and acne.
Lawman Auto Shine apprehends vehicular grime under the trained eyes of its owner, who served the community as a police officer for more than 20 years. With those analytical credentials ingrained into its mold, the company tracks down dirt with care and attention, making sure to outline each smudge or stain in chalk before scrubbing away the entire scene. They do so using an eco-friendly, waterless process, which gets called upon during basic hand washes or during full detailing services for both cars and SUVs. When they're not buffing rides, Lawman's staff can install snazzy extras, including car stereos and LED lighting.
To make the chore of cleaning the car easier, Ultra Shine Auto Detail brings its mobile-detailing act on the road. Its services range from hand washes that use water-conserving, no-rinse cleaners to Ultra Fine details, which are capped off with a protecting application of a polymer-Teflon shield. Like a nice warm scarf wrapped around the car, this finish can fend off attacks from the elements. Other a la carte services include headlight restorations, window treatments, and interior shampoos and stylings.
For 16 years, Prime Time Auto Care has kept vehicles looking dapper with in-house and on-location washing and detailing services. Technicians dole out attentive hand washes to sweep away streaks and smudges, with additional wax, clay-bar, and shampoo treatments available for cars that require more in-depth attention or a thank-you for resisting the urge to nap during long drives. The detailers also leave evidence of their grooming acumen on the spotless surfaces of commercial fleets.
Water restrictions don’t scare the Polished Image Auto Spa team. In fact, the certified auto detailers already forgo buckets upon buckets of water in favor of their H2O-smart detailing system, fortified by CroftGateUSA's biodegradable products. They use Aquanil-X waterless wash and wax, made from a blend of detergents, waxes, and micropolymers, which effortlessly disintegrates dirt and replaces it with a protective layer of shine-enhancing wax, all in one easy and water-free motion. For interiors, the staff calls upon steam-cleaners and biodegradable shampoos to spruce up carpets and leather surfaces. They also offer an array of à la carte services, including headlight restoration, engine detailing, and cigarette or Hot Pocket burn repair. When not voyaging from driveway to driveway, the detailers lend their time to volunteer at car washes for various causes and organizations, including the United States army.