Jason Anderson started detailing cars and tending to homes when he was just 10 years old, and he never stopped. Anderson & Sons is an extension of his early work, except he now has a licensed and insured staff who are all well versed in the latest cleaning methods and technology. They offer pressure-washing and auto-detailing services, ensuring that homes and cars regain the clean, unblemished look they had when they were just a doodle on some architect’s cocktail napkin.
A business has to have something special to survive for more than half a century. For Mr. Magic Car Wash, perhaps that thing is a signature blend of nine cleaning solutions that work together to cut through tough road grease and leave vehicles with a glimmering luster. Or perhaps it’s the business's attention to detail, manifested in its soft-cloth hand washes. Either way Mr. Magic has not only survived the passing decades and the end of the DeLorean, it has thrived and expanded, now boasting five Pittsburgh-area locations. Even when sending cars through the automated car-wash tunnel for a quick rinse, Mr. Magic keeps auto owners' interests in mind, spraying fiberglass surfaces with only fresh water and drying them to a spot-free shine with hot air. Extra services, such as underbody flushes and interior and exterior detailing, help enhance each wash, and coats of Magic Repel surface protectant deflect new smudges and wizard spells.
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.
412 Motoring maintains a stock of wheels, grilles, and other luxury accessories that help clients add personality to their cars, trucks, and SUVs. Drivers can infuse extra "me" into their rides by swapping factory parts for after-market Lexani wheels and grills. Interiors transform to match drivers' tastes after technicians outfit cabins with new upholstery, stereo systems, or headliners. The staff can also install accessories to make life easier, such as remote car starters that crank vehicles without the need to turn a key or fill a bucket of cold water to wake up sleeping engines.
For the staff at Double Take Auto Detailing, maintaining a vehicle's appearance is just as important as changing its oil or feeding the tiny horses that live in its engine. That's why techs can shine up cars with three levels of auto detailing—Silver, Gold, and Platinum. All packages begin with a hand wash for the vehicle's exterior and to clean away dust and grime. Once cars put away their bath toys, the staff can perform more heavy-duty aesthetic services, including tinting windows and repairing minor dings by using a process that maintains the original paint job.
Perseverance pays off. Waterfront Auto Complex, like many other family-run businesses, struggled to maintain its footing after the closing of Homestead Steel Works. Their approach? After nearly four decades in service, they decided it was time for an upgrade. The team added a window-tint and detail shop to their automatic car wash and, after an uptick in business, a full-service Quaker State oil change. Waterfront now looks forward to many more years of servicing cars, SUVs, and, eventually, hovercrafts. “I really see an opportunity for growth in the Homestead area, not just for the waterfront, but all of the businesses and neighborhoods," says James A. Laux, president of the company’s corporate parent. "I'm not the only one making an investment in this community. As more people see the opportunity, the Mon Valley will do nothing but grow!”