At Commercial Street Auto Care, automotive experts tackle any and every job—from window washing to lumberjacking—with such precision and attention that the company has begun calling itself “obsessive.” Using professional products by Pro and Malco, the shop’s detailing crew diligently tackles all vehicular dirt and grime with basic exterior washes and full-service professional detailing, complete with hand waxes, tire dressing, and interior conditioning. Aside from restoring shine to sullied rides, Commercial Street’s technicians peek under the hood and slide beneath the underbody to maintain and repair all systems, from swapping tires to servicing transmissions. They also vend and install professional window tints by Solar Guard, Suntech, and Madico to block UV rays from damaging the interior and thwart excessive heat from boiling Big Gulps.
The family of technicians at New England Imports has been tightening bolts and tinkering with engines since 1982. An oil change swaps out tired oil for a fresh supply, helping to keep parts moving smoothly and human-auto diplomacy intact. The shop's horseless-carriage vets then take vitals to ensure vehicles' overall health and fitness, examining tires, brakes, and shocks to ensure jolt-free starts and stops. A look at ball joints makes for more smoothly executed turns, and an exhaust-system check reveals signs of smoking or other forms of adolescent rebellion. After flickering lights, waving wipers, and inspecting belts for elasticity, durability, and proper coordination with hubcaps, the team gives coolant levels and filters a glance and certifies four-wheeled companions ready to hit the road.
Specializing in European cars, Merlin Motors’s lot glistens with Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW vehicles. Though they mainly focus on those manufacturers, the techs at Merlin Motors broaden their automotive spectrum with Toyotas, Fords, Jeeps, and stalled alien spacecraft. Inside their two-car, full-service garage, they crawl under the hood of most makes and models for oil changes and check-ups.
Yankee Ford bulks up worn-out engine blocks of all makes and models with a full selection of services to maintain a safe, smooth ride. Grease monkeys coddle coupes with up to five quarts of Motorcraft synthetic-blend motor oil and a Motorcraft oil filter to decrease friction, increase fuel economy, and serve as a tasty tilapia marinade for roadside grilling. Customers are welcome to drive in without an appointment and spend their downtime during the service using Yankee Ford's complimentary WiFi access. After the oil change, all underhood fluids are topped off, granting vans and sedans 5,000 sludge-free miles of clean driving or training for the Olympics of license-plate bingo. Esteemed car caretakers can also enroll in Yankee Ford's Owner Rewards program, which grants members a free oil change after the purchase of four, and a 5% discount is added to all future service bills. This Groupon counts toward the four-oil-change total.
With 30 years of car-cleansing experience, Dave's Auto Care’s meticulous cleaners revamp and enhance even the dirtiest rides with agile hands and high-gloss products. During thorough hand washes, cars forfeit their dirt as human digits scrub and massage their exteriors, dab them dry, and remove telltale lawn flamingos from their tires. Technicians also extend hand treatments into three-hour cosmetic makeovers with several exterior-only options, or grab hold of paint or oversize crayons to permanently affix lettering to boats, trucks, and cars for custom graphic designs.
At locations throughout the northeast, ScrubaDub Auto Wash Centers' computerized wash tunnels and detailing pros spiff up cars with advanced technology and minimal environmental impact. The robotic wash systems and photoelectric sensors not only clean finishes with a gentle, soft-cloth technique, but they can target white walls, wheels, and chrome with site-specific formulas. The eco-savvy automated systems also consume less water than home washing and recycle the water used to clean the wheels and undercarriage. Biodegradable SuperGlo soap keeps the run-off free of harmful compounds before it is funneled down the proper treatment channels, where it can't pollute neighborhood storm drains or be used to test the resiliency of carnival goldfish.
The centers' innovative equipment and Earth-friendly practices have earned them the title of Best Car Wash from CityVoter for three years running. Some locations also boast separate interior cleaning bays to address filthy dashboards and seats.