At more than a dozen 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.
Power tools sing their soprano songs, echoing through the wide garage at New England Imports LLC. Mechanics, who specialize in imported vehicles, busily rid rides of mechanical troubles and perform factory-scheduled maintenance. They scoot beneath the bays with fresh filters and diagnostic tools, examining underbodies without the difficulty of flipping over cars in a home garage. For collectors and enthusiasts of historic cars, the techs possess extensive experience in complete restorations. Their past jobs have included restoring the body of a 1973 Porsche 911T and rebuilding the engine of 1968 MGB.
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.
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.
One hundred yards. That's the distance between Park'N Jet's secure and well-lit parking lot and Portland International Jetport's baggage claim. That's just a two-minute shuttle ride?or six-minute piggyback ride?away from the airport, meaning clients can drop off their cars and make it to the airport with plenty of time to check-in and prepare for their flight. While away, travelers can not only rest assured that their vehicle will be safe inside a secure, fenced area; they can also enlist their vehicle for a hand wash, detail, or oil change to get the car in even better condition. Upon landing, they can place a call from Park'N Jet's courtesy phone in the baggage area and a shuttle will instantly be dispatched to pick them up and bring them to their cars.