At Bettenhausen Automotive, a phalanx of 25 to 35 technicians is on hand each day, caring for cars and speeding through an average of 480 oil changes per week. The service center welcomes roadsters of all makes and models into its modernly appointed mechanic’s shop. There, techs solve longevity-inhibiting problems and complete factory-scheduled maintenance tasks, maximizing each vehicle’s potential and performance along the way. Helmed by brothers Michael and Troy Bettenhausen, the family-run dealership has been operating for over 50 years and carries a well-waxed inventory of new and used vehicles, including the 2013 Dodge Dart.
Welcoming harried hair owners to find respite amid high ceilings and dreamy blue hues, the professional pamperists at True Colors Salon rely on organic haircare products and advanced techniques to renovate neglected noodle nests. Spicy up boring head threads with a new hue ($55+ for all-over color), or bestow tinted spunk to the best-behaving strands ($45+ for partial foil). True Colors Salon’s friendly mane tamers will groom overgrown head gardens into well-coifed masterpieces free of tangles, split ends, and crabgrass ($30 for women’s haircut; $20 for men; $15 for children), or sculpt elegant updos ($45+) to suit any evening of dining, dancing, or fancy mopping.
Park Hills Car Wash offers quick wash packages, in-depth details, and mechanical services that keep automobiles looking and performing their best. Cars that find themselves the victims of an over-size mud puddle or an over-affectionate oil tanker can shake off the grime with triple-foam polish, wax-poly sealant, and rust inhibitor during a 15-minute wash. Detailers move at a focused pace as they steam clean carpets, hand wax the finish, and narrow in on even the smallest vent, panel, and gauge with dust-busting air blasters. In the lube center, technicians perform full-service oil changes for most makes and models and can also service radiators, transmissions, and tires.
Delta Sonic Car Wash renews tarnished transportation with an innovative touchless car-wash system that automatically guides vehicles through a tunnel of high-pressure sprays and overhead buffing cloths. The hands-free wash massages mild lotions into paint jobs, leaving vehicles with sparkling, fingerprint-free finishes that are backed by a five-day guarantee. Detailing technicians do get their hands dirty as they make use of more than 100 hours of training to dote on vehicle interiors and exteriors with products from ValuGard, Aquapel, and Blue Coral. The team wields AOCA certification know-how when injecting engines with oil and devising rustproofing treatments that avoid drilling holes or covering corrosion in zit cream.
Road-weary wagons shed salt and grime while adding protective finishes as they pass through Palos Auto Spa’s automatic wash. Before the car wash welcomes tired trucks and cars with a soft, soapy embrace, it offers them a kindhearted presoak conditioner ($12.75). Then, a high-pressure wash dismisses lingering road residue from the exterior, Armor All Body Shied coats your car in a bulletproof sheen, and an undercarriage wash and wheel-blaster treatment expel dirt and dust before they metamorphose into rust. A tire dressing with included rim scrubbing ($3), VisionClear window protectant, tri-foam polish, hand-towel try and new air freshener round out the package.
Tidal Wave Hand Car Wash's talented staff stabilizes chipped windows and swaps too-far-gone windshields for clear replacements. During the chip-repair service, technicians stymie small glass divots before they can grow into large, dangerous cracks that spell out cursive obscenities. One or two chip repairs seal over rock and debris damage before the entire window becomes impaired, leaving glass clear and driver visibility restored and safe. Skilled staffers replace windshields that have been damaged beyond repair can be removed and replaced with high-quality glass that allows commuters a clear view of the road and the thumb of a hitchhiking diplomat ($225+).