Sudz Car Wash and Detail Center's three locations transform dirty cars into shiny driveway adornments. During each full-service wash, technicians vacuum the interior, clean the windows from the inside and out, dust the dash, wipe down the doorjambs, and wash the exterior until it's as reflective as an out-of-work psychologist. The service extends to the deluxe car wash, which rewards auto exteriors with dollops of glossy triple polish and clear-coat wax to heighten the finish. An underbody wash sweeps away road grime and a quick gloss of tire dressing straightens the posture of wearied rubber. Finally, staffers scrub out rubber mats and send the car off looking so good that parking meters will offer to foot the bill.
Even if their clients never intend to step into the ring, the certified trainers at Mittwork Fitness LLC train them with some of the same techniques as prizefighters. Through a noncontact quartet of boxing, kickboxing, MMA, and fitness classes, the coaches foster svelte frames and stronger limbs with combinations of mitt work, heavy-bag workouts, and boot-camp-style exercise. Meanwhile, students gain confidence and soak up the fundamentals of martial-arts techniques without ever having to spar with other students or engage in competition.
From their three locations, the auto mavens at Platinum Car Wash & Oil employ advanced water-reclamation systems and power-conscious equipment during cleaning and maintenance services. The facility's full-service car-wash tunnels spray paint jobs with Simoniz soaps, waxes, and foams before staff members dab rides with microfiber towels. They continue hands-on touch during signature or 20-minute express detailing sessions that unfold as auto owners explore the waiting area's magazines, complimentary WiFi, or leather couch cushions.
Opposed to using recycled or reprocessed oils, the crew spurs pistons with Mobil oil and complimentary top-offs between services. They also help boost car with lube services, such as transmission drains, tire rotations, and VPS fuel-rail services that dislodge harmful debris and misplaced CDs from fuel- and air-intake systems.
At Eco Friendly Car Wash, technicians clean vehicles using virtually no water at all, whether working at their shop or right in your driveway. Unlike traditional car-cleaning methods—spraying vehicles with pressurized water, driving cars into the ocean to locate sponges—this green-cleaning technique employs less than a pint of the precious liquid. They continue their eco-friendly efforts by employing biodegradable cleaning agents, and, just to be nice to cars, they use microfiber towels to dry them off without leaving behind soap residue or scratches.
Featured by Auto Detailing Network, Gotham Auto Works revivifies rides' luster by doctoring damage and paint deprecation and safeguarding them against weather and road hazards. Owner and Danbury native Kevin Awalt performs each detailing service himself—be it a Level One express auto detailing, featuring a polish/wax, tire dressing, and interior cleaning ($150+), or a headlight restoration (set of two lights is $100+)—ensuring that each rubber burner receives personal attention and meticulous care. Groom new vehicles for life on the road with a new-car prep and detailing ($499+), or highlight their Hollywood-ready faculties with SunTek High Performance window film tinting ($100+). Awalt shows his respect for his clients’ time and trust by remaining reachable by email or phone and providing a gallery of work on his website to exterminate any anxiety about subpar results.
In 1981, lifelong Greenwich residents Mark Curtis and Chris Fisher traded in their business suits for sudsy sponges when they purchased Greenwich Car Wash. 13 years later, they renamed their business Splash to coincide with an innovative idea developed by the duo: wash the cars by hand while also using a conveyor to keep them moving rather than trying to coax them forward with candy. That approach was a huge hit, and soon, Splash began spinning off into additional locations.
Today, more than 15 Splash locations are peppered across the East Coast. What started as a humble two-man operation has grown into a franchise that employs more than 500 people and washes more than a million cars per year. At each location, cars receive the ultimate in pampering thanks to a list of services that includes hand washes, express washes, detailings, and oil changes. Despite such impressive growth, though, Splash remains true to its community-driven roots, working with more than 400 charitable organizations on an annual basis.