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.
For seven years, Jay Gleeson ran a successful real-estate-appraisal firm, but as he mentions on his site, he "knew it couldn't last forever." And so Jay looked into other business ventures, soon trading real-estate statements for a polishing cloth. Today, he and his crews clean cars inside and out using green products that are gentle on cars’ clear coats and fresh tattoos. Their tunnel system treats 100% of its water, and as much as 80% of water is recycled after service—steps which earned the Lakewood location an efficiency certification from Denver Water. This adherence to environmentally friendly standards applies to every service, from express exterior washes in less than three minutes to the Xtreme Make Over in less than three hours.
The detailers at Mike's Auto Spa designed a signature process to leave vehicles looking like they just came off the line. They start by documenting the car's condition, flipping through the car’s old baby pictures, and thoroughly washing its exterior. They then clean engines and treat leather or carpet interiors. Then it's back to the exterior, where they apply compounds and polishes that leave paint jobs shiny, protect windshields, clean headlights as needed, and shine tires. Finally, they perform a triple-check on every part of the vehicle.
If customers don't have time for the signature treatment, Mike's team also scrubs up vehicles with express services. Vehicles roll through the car wash tunnel, before heading to the vacuum lane, where staffers suck up dirt and crumbs.
Arvada Car Wash and Detailing Shop welcomes automobiles seven days a week (weather permitting) for a quick wash or an extensive detailing. Cars can pass through the wash tunnel and shed their coats of grime thanks to doses of rainbow wax, clear-coat sealant, and tire dressing. Detailers tend to cars that need more attention?they'll apply polymer wax by hand and clean, condition, and shampoo interiors until every last crumb is gone and the car looks like it never hosted a carpool to the League of Mud Wrestlers' semifinals. Arvada also offers a 72-hour rain guarantee should inclement weather sully the newly washed vehicle.
D & T Ultimate Auto Detail specializes in restoration, whether it's a classic car, exotic vehicle, or carpooling minivan. D & T's technicians draw from their 25 years of detailing experience to get any make and model looking like new. Services include waxing and buffing, steam extracting carpets and seats, and bug and tar removal. On staff are also two 3M-certified technicians who install ClearBras for protection, and a Master Auto Glass Technician to repair and replace windshields dinged by pebbles or zinged by witty bumper stickers. Other services include headlight cleaning, window tinting, and color sanding.
Black Diamond Car Wash's expert team of auto immaculatizers buff cars with an eco-friendly list of cleansing services. The emerald wash begins with a vacuum of the passenger compartment to suck up dirt, dust, and discarded burrito wrappers from floor nooks and seat crannies. Then, sullied exteriors are stripped of grime with a high-quality tunnel wash to reveal shining fiberglass bodies. After a towel-dry and a deep-clean dusting of the dash and console, finger-drawn hearts are carefully erased from interior windows. Most washes are finished in about 15 minutes, though larger vehicles may take longer.