At Richie's Express Carwash, cars roll through an automated, brush-free tunnel where a cutting-edge computer system hones in on each vehicle's dirtiest spots. It cleanses exteriors with soft cloths and a secret eight-ingredient solution, and then blasts away suds with high-pressure hoses. Patrons can build on this express package with luxurious extras such as underbody rust inhibitors, applications of Richie's Wheel Brite, and triple-coat protectants. At the end of each session—which takes about four minutes—cars travel through a drying tunnel whimsically decorated with stuffed animals. There, a system of 15 high-velocity fans brings exteriors to a spot-free shine. Drivers can blow raspberries at their newly cleaned rides from the viewing station before sprucing up interiors at complimentary self-serve vacuum stations.
Computer-controlled wash tunnels meet good old-fashioned elbow grease at Three Palms Auto Spa, where a spectrum of wash and detailing services restore cars to a like-new shine. Vehicles of all shapes and sizes zip through the sudsy vestibule, soaking in the shop’s specially formulated soap, triple-foam wax, and rust inhibitor as they go. Once cars reach the other side, a meticulous cleaning crews hand-dries exteriors and dispenses a slew of detailing services, such as sprucing up paint jobs with Polymer II wax, conditioning vinyl and leather, and shampooing carpets or the driver's hair.
Colorado Auto Finders Service Center's technicians, who are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, lure peak performances from engines. The one-hour service includes up to 5 quarts of conventional oil and a clean filter, which stands guard by screening oil for contaminants and bumper stickers examining new career paths. After the oil change, technicians follow a 30-point itinerary that directs them to assess the tires’ condition and replenish depleted fluids. The team also scopes out brake linings, calipers, and wheel cylinders to ensure safe operation even when autos are stuck behind tours reenacting the mailman's day. After examining the exhaust system, battery, lights, steering, and more than 15 other vitals, techs send cars off to roam the vast roadways full of health and vigor.