At LaserWash TouchFree CarWash, attendants don't soap up your car—instead, the cleans are administered by scrupulous touch-free automatic bays, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Drivers simply drive inside and follow easy-to-read signs to receive their mechanized pressure washes, which include an underbody spray, a clear coat protectant, and biodegradable soaps and waxes.
Gotham Dream Cars lets drivers grip the throttle of exotic speed machines such as the Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Bentley Continental GT for personal rental or specialized thrill experiences. During the Dream Car Sprint, auto enthusiasts slip into a Ferrari or Lamborghini on a closed course and whip their more than 500-horsepower drive three times around the autocross track, learning how to tame their power with the aid of an instructor before coming out of the third lap on a straightaway to open the engine up to its full potential. Drivers conduct an orchestra of firing pistons and camshafts for three laps before crossing the finish line and parking to the pianissimo of the softly purring V8 engine. Gotham Dream Cars snaps pictures of the sprint, so drivers are sent home with hands they will never wash and a CD of images to parade before jealous coworkers and humbled shopping carts.
Bigelow Blvd Detailing's team is obsessed with details. Paying close attention to every car's nooks and crannies, contours and shapes, they ensure detailing that restores autos to their showroom days. They do it with quality products such as clay bars that imbue finishes with shine while removing environmental contaminants. Their shampoos also leave carpets soft and residue-free. With packages designed to suit all needs, they offer everything from basic washes to complete detailing for full-size SUVs.
The Pep Boys chain of auto parts stores was founded in Philadelphia, and this outpost in the West Allegheny neighborhood sits in the shadow of Pep Boys’ headquarters building. As usual, the aisles overflow with car-related merchandise for the hardcore home mechanic or the nonchalant daily driver, including everything from important parts to silly knick-knacks and colorful car accessories. The back wall is a motor-oil oasis, and elsewhere choices abound – windshield wipers, floor mats, tires and batteries are all on offer here. The latter can even be tested on site, or swapped in by one of the friendly staff members. And just across the street from the retail outlet, a service center takes care of anything beyond your own car-repair capabilities.
Detailers run soft chamois cloths across car surfaces, soaking up droplets left by Car Bright Detail’s hand wash. The auto-detailing experts know which services are best rendered by hand, and which with the aid of machines. Mechanical buffing and polishing, for example, gives exteriors a glossy finish without having to get out at every light to spray the car with water, but wax gets applied by hand to ensure complete and even coverage.