From soft cloths to triple-foam polish to an air tool that looses dirt from floors, the technicians at Dolphin Inc. Car Wash & Express Detail use myriad cleaning methods to keep rides sparkling. Services range from exterior washes to full-scale detailing treatments that spruce up vinyl, leather, rubber, and surly chauffeurs.
Simotes specializes in pre-owned vehicles. Their lots showcase foreign and domestic cars from makers such as Cadillac, Jeep, and Volkswagen, with an inventory boasting trucks, sedans, SUVs, and convertibles. Beyond the sales side of the business, technicians invite drivers to take a detour for oil changes or detailing services, which include hand-applied waxes, wheel and tire scrubbings, and interior shampoos to give cars that classic "just had a shower" smell.
At Final Touch Auto Spa, techs eschew conveyer belts, concentrated chemicals, and harsh spinning brushes by hand applying gentle cleaning products with lamb's wool cloths. Their multi-step washing process begins at the tires, where spray cleaner breaks up grime before the team washes each panel with soft, sudsy strokes. Once finished, they whisk away left-over moisture with a swipe of a microfiber towel and force out detritus from crevices with puffs of compressed air. In addition to basic washes, full detailing packages can restore assembly-line luster, and window tinting preserves interiors by blocking out harmful UV-rays and ugly rainbows.
With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Tire & Auto has earned itself a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Skilled mechanics prep road wagons for tough winters by replacing busted-up sludge with a fresh batch of up to 5 quarts of multigrade oil. Auto doctors also fix up rides with new windshield wipers (up to 24” in length) and tire rotations that ensure snug stops in case of icy patches or drag races against reindeer. During the battery and charging-system check, technicians carefully examine autos to make sure they'll be ready to start up on command. This service runs about 60 minutes long and wraps up with a full-vehicle courtesy inspection that ensures essential components, including tires, brakes, and suspension systems, are healthy enough to cruise the open road without requiring training wheels or being pulled by a retired racehorse.
Specialty Auto Care’s team of mechanical transfusionists swaps out automobile lifeblood to keep pistons safely churning inside their cylinders. Technicians combine hydraulic hoists and impressive piggyback rides to raise cars and uncork oil pans before seamlessly replacing gritty motor oil with up to 5 quarts of freshly viscous fluids. During comprehensive maintenance services, tires play musical chairs for the prize of more even wear, a 21-point inspection identifies the car's deepest secrets, and fresh wiper blades clear away debris and stubble left on unkempt windshields.