After emigrating from east Africa in 1974, Bashir Hirjee started detailing cars in a small bay in his father's Texaco station. Today, Bashir's detailing center, Bashir’s Auto Cosmetics, could swallow several such bays, as the sprawling facility covers 16,000 square feet and services up to 150 cars per week. Inside the center, autos enter a 110-foot tunnel for a thorough lambscloth car wash before a slew of protectants enhance paint and inhibit rust. Customers can take refuge in Bashir's 800-square-foot lobby while they wait, running fingers along the handmade mahogany furniture or easing into a leather sofa to enjoy the view of a flat-screen TV. A 150-foot red carpet also runs adjacent to the auto wash tunnel, letting drivers keep watch over their sudsy vehicle like a school chaperone on a class trip to the water park.
ESS Auto Couture & Spa restores vehicles to a pristine state, both inside and out, with a slew of high-end automotive spa services. The mini interior and exterior cleaning gussies up rides with an exterior hand wash, door-jamb cleaning, and window washing. Inside, vacuums inhale old french fries and cosmic dust dwelling in trunks and cabins, and a thorough wipe-down restores lustre to dashboards and seats. Finally, ESS slathers on tire dressing, gives rims a good flossing, and applies a protective Rain-X treatment. The showroom detail prepares cars to rock streets or heavily fortified fashion runways with an exterior hand wash that desmudges spattered surfaces and an engine cleaning that degunks horsepower housings. A Clay Bar treatment gently pulls embedded debris from the paint, readying freshly smoothed surfaces for a color-reviving polish and weather-shielding wax. Workers also clean door jambs, polish rims, and dress tires in yearbook-ready sweater vests. Interiors receive equal attention, as ESS steam cleans carpets, mats, and seats and treats leather interiors to a thorough scrub and a coat of protective conditioner.
Beyond the bright pops of blue and red that paint Detailz Auto Spa’s façade, skilled technicians are washing and detailing cars until every inch of them gleams. High-pressure blasts of water start things off, and a slew of special polishes, waxes, and treatments leave each wheel, roof, and leather interior sparkling. VIP programs reward frequent guests with discounts, and with spells that ward off post-car-wash rain showers.
Keep both insides and outsides of cars out of sticky situations with de-gunking services from the car kaisers of Lubeworld and Washworld. A standard oil change on your prized wagon includes chassis lubrication, oil filter, tire pressure check, a 23-point inspection, and more, ensuring that no frictiony stowaways make a home in your engine block. No appointment is necessary.
When insurance and car-rental companies need precise service, they come to Grand Performance Auto Centre. Lead by the father-and-son team of John and Victor Law, the shop's multitalented technicians cater to every corner of the vehicle with repair, detailing, and collision-repair services. The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia–accredited facility partners with insurance companies to accurately analyze claims from auto accidents and okays cars in the eyes of the law and the county dog catcher with government-certified vehicle inspections. Along with alignments and body work, Grand Performance Auto Centre can clear any trace of collisions with computerized colour matching done on-site, using eco-friendly, water-based paints.
Richmond Suzuki carries more than 650 new and pre-owned vehicles from popular makers such as Toyota, Honda, Kia, and Subaru. The dealership is also home to a service centre staffed by factory-trained technicians who extend cars' lives with oil changes and regular maintenance. And if you need to get to work while your car is in the shop, just hop on one of Richmond Suzuki's complimentary shuttles or hoverboards.