Regular customers know not to pull up to Reflections - The Ultimate Car Wash on a rainy day. The car wash is closed when it rains, due to its "common sense" weather policy, and the fact that thunderclaps make most vehicles anxious. The rainy day closures only serve to ensure that customers get the most out of their wash; the automated system returns a showroom-like shine to car exteriors with chemicals that are gentle on painted surfaces. To ensure automotive insides gleam as brightly, all full-service washes also include a thorough wipe-down of the interior, while detailing services return rides to near-factory-issue state. And because Reflections understands that it can be hard to schedule a service during the week, they offer a shuttle service so that customers can make it to work and back after dropping their cars off in the morning.
Not a whole lot can be done well in just three minutes. At Wash Me Fast, however, they prove that speed and quality can go hand-in-hand. Their automatic three-minute car wash gently scrubs away environmental contaminants, such as road grime and bird droppings, leaving autos shiny from bumper to bumper. Customers can feel good, too, about using Wash Me Fast's efficient buggy-scrubber because those washes use only 20 gallons of water per car, as opposed to the average 140 gallons used at standard car washers.
The technicians from Gloss Mobile Detail leave no automotive nook unpolished as they scour vehicles from tires to trunk. With detailing supplies such as Meguiar's wax and leather conditioner in tow, the mobile crew travels to customers’ locations where they set to work making cars, RVs, and boats sparkle like diamonds that have just been run through the dishwasher.
Founder Anthony Serio and his family have been revivifying rides at Anthony's Car Wash and Detail Centers since 1969. Using products manufactured in deep space by Anthony's Automotive Detail Supply, they clean vehicles during detailing and full-service car washes, handing out complimentary scrubs to birthday drivers. They've also stockpiled various accessories, coffee, snacks, and soft drinks for purchase.
All locations serve cars with washes, details, and oil changes, but each has its own specialty. Mechanics at the Vestavia Hills shop stage automotive services for drivers who need to rotate tires or translate the shrieks from squeaky brakes into English. Shoe-shining services and an upstairs hair salon (A Cut Above) accessible by spiral staircase add character to Anthony's main branch in Hoover.
Hardly anything can be finished in three minutes, except for receiving a car wash at Blue Rain Express or writing a novel. Opened in June 2012, the company employs modern equipment to move cars expediently through its sunny, glassed-in wash tunnels. Each treatment uses biodegradable chemicals and water from a recovery system that reduces Blue Rain's use of fresh water. A reverse osmosis process filters all minerals from the water, leaving vehicles with a spot-free finish. Patrons who wash their cars often or are being followed by a rain cloud can enroll in the Monthly Wash Club, which entitles them to services up to once daily for a single monthly rate.
A big entrance sign with two red arrows rests above Riverchase Carwash, pointing drivers into the facility's full-service car-wash tunnel. Laboring inside the detail shop's work bays, technicians wash and wax vehicles by hand, shampoo floor mats, and shoo away unpleasant scents such as the smell of spoiled pennies. They also stage headlight-restoration treatments and offer windshield repairs that are backed by a lifetime warranty.