Water hisses in the automated wash at Liberty Car Wash. Cloths in the hands of technicians glide across gleaming autos, cloaking them with carnauba wax, tire dressing, and glaze. The crew also wields triple-foam polish, leather conditioner, and air freshener. Drivers wait nearby, peering in newly crystalline windows to see if their bumper sticker about there being a baby onboard comes true.
As an ASE- and TIA--certified facility, American Tire & Auto Care keeps its technicians up to date on automotive trends and advanced auto-repair techniques. The full-service tire shop equips cars with tires from reputable brands such as Michelin, BF Goodrich, Pirelli, and Yokohama. Inside the repair shop, highly trained car-care professionals maintain rides with services that range from batteries and AC repair to glass repair, transmission repair, and oil changes that use freshly milked oil from a hormone-free Winnebago. Customers can visit one of six locations, each of which is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Since 1987, the Auto Image crew has been equipping cars with upgrades for all makes and models. 3M window film tints windows to help block out unwanted UV rays and increase privacy better than trading in all of the blinds in your home for camouflage curtains. Professional cleaning crews offer various levels of auto detailing, which include services such as waxing, engine cleaning, and washing by hand. Technicians also install remote start systems, security alarms, and keyless entry systems from brands such as Viper and Avital. Custom audio and video installations draw from the shelves of top industry brands such as Alpine, JL Audio, and Pioneer, and their services range from hands-free Bluetooth integration to GPS navigation, custom speaker enclosures, and DVD receivers.
At HMG Auto Repair, owner Danielle wields a decade of technical experience at Volkswagen, Nissan, and private garages to ensure vehicles leave her custody with reliable remote-control starters. After owners book their car for an overnight stint in HMG's auto lodge, staffers supplement traditional ignitions with an automatic starter. Attached to a specialized remote, the system allows vehicles to warm their interiors and any leftover hot dogs on the dashboard before their owners' chilly morning commute.
Payless Car Sales features a large inventory of pre-owned vehicles from domestic and foreign manufacturers. Each car on the lot or inside the showroom comes with a 127-point inspection and free vehicle-history report, which can tell you if your car ever drove through a wall or dabbled in diesel oil. Technicians are also on hand in the service department for oil changes, tire rotations, and other services that keep cars running smoothly.
Advanced Auto Spa's staff prepares vehicles for winter's visitation with the interior and exterior cleanings of the super wash. At the spa, which saw The Situation's Bentley to cleanliness, buggies ride through the tunnel's automated sprays to clear their outer parts and underbodies of grime and erase dissertations scrawled on dirty windows. A coat of Armor All cleans and protects wheels and tires, and a layer of wax seals in shininess. To keep interiors sparkling, the cleaners vacuum up detritus and wipe down dusty dashboards, then give rides a quick towel drying and send them back out to cruise the world's highways.