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.
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.
Rows and rows of new and certified preowned vehicles surround Hall Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Inside the dealership's service center, Chrysler-certified technicians change the oil, rotate the tires, inspect the emissions, and detail the surfaces of all vehicle makes and models. Members of the parts department lend a hand when vehicles need batteries, mufflers, brake pads, and more tiny horses to power their engines.
Specializing in auto glass replacement and vehicle accessories, the staff at The Mobile Electronics Guru refurbishes rides with gadgetry and detailing. The team touts certification from the National Glass Association, and they tint windows with film from SunTek and replace cracked windshields with sheets of glass from Pilkington and SRP Totalseal. The staff also installs a hodgepodge of items, including remote starters, audio and video equipment, and backup cameras that drivers can watch while reversing or parked at a drive-through movie theater. Auto and boat detailers wash and wax exteriors by hand and purge interiors of clutter and grime with shampoo suds and vacuums.
The staff at Cascade Auto Glass fits car frames with a meticulous process perfected during more than 750,000 windshield replacements, all adhering to Auto Glass Safety Council standards. Cascade's choice of top-quality urethane adhesives allows drivers to get back on the road sooner without sacrificing a reliable grip, and OEM-quality glass shares an identical structure, density, and love of parking-permit stickers as cars' factory-installed glass. A nationwide warranty stands behind the quality materials and workmanship of each service, and Cascade deals directly with insurance companies.
The detail technicians at Great Lakes Chemical Services revivify rides with skills drawn from an in-house training program and more than a century of combined experience. To get automobiles looking their showroom best, the team restores exterior luster with professional grade wax. Technicians also keep vehicle interiors clean and fresh smelling with interior cleaning and smoke odor removal, and touch up vehicular mishaps by erasing scratches and uncorking dents.