From the front grill to the rear bumper, New Life Auto Detailing’s technicians lavish cars, SUVs, and trucks with their very own cleansing products. Each detailing session begins by hand, with techs who scrub dirt and grit off the exterior with their own digits. They then machine polish the finish and turn the chrome, trim, and tires into sparkling features. They resurrect interiors with equal aplomb, using smatterings of solutions for leather, vinyl, and upholstery. Finally, the techs clean engines to keep things shipshape and prevent cars from being recruited by junkyard racing squads. For each step, the company uses its exclusive cleaning products, including a seasonal protective paint coating that preserves the shiny finish even through snow and rain.
Come Clean Auto Rescuer absolves cars, boats, and RVs of dirt and grime with in-shop and mobile detailing services. Expert techs load soft cloths with biodegradable Car Brite products—such as cherry-scented soap, high-gloss dressing, and acid-free tire cleaner—whose waterless application eases the strain on natural resources such as rivers and lawn sprinklers. Staffers complete each detail with a complimentary air freshener, and they add buffing and scratch removal to the exhaustive shine-up regimen upon request. Drivers can wait for their rides in the comfortably heated and air-conditioned lobby, or they can hitch a ride with Come Clean's pickup and drop-off service.
Mr. Suds is a brand-new auto-detailing shop, bursting with the latest and greatest in buggy-bathing technology. Purge your perambulator's innards with an interior detailing, which sucks up sinful crumbs, destroys demonic dirt, and vacuums up vile Velveeta-covered debris from every inch of your car's corroded cabin. Dashboards, vinyl, and leather are given a thorough scrub down and dressing, and Mr. Suds' expert staff returns windows and gauges to their youthful brilliance with help from an ammonia-free glass solution. A complimentary air freshener puts the finishing touch on the treatment, allowing cars to choose their favorite scent from among four aromatic options.
When Mike's Carwash first opened in 1948, it was one of only 18 carwash businesses in the United States. Today, the family-owned establishment keeps the 65-year-old tradition of gussying up automobiles alive at 42 locations throughout the Midwest. At each location, accommodating staffers stand by to assist customers during the cleaning process. Decked out in cartoon neckties, the cheerful team ushers cars into computer-controlled washers that eschew traditional gear-operated brushes and baseball bats in favor of controlled sprays and soft cloths. After the mixture of eight signature soaps de-grimes surfaces, 200-miles-per-hour gusts of hot air dry vehicles instantly. Mike's also offers specialty coats to give car exteriors and tires additional shine.
In 1987, the Dayton Daily News briefly outlined the life of Charles L. Marshall, the then 86-year-old president and owner of Grismer Tire. Though the article appeared a quarter of a century ago, it still captured 55 years worth of history at Grismer, from its purchase during “the dark days” of the Great Depression—thanks to Marshall’s winning personality and a banker’s $13,000 loan—to its transformation into one of the most successful auto centers in Ohio.
Today, at each of its 22 locations scattered across Southern Ohio, ASE-certified technicians continue to dispense the top-notch service that made the garage famous. They drain and replenish oil, align wheels, and fix busted transmissions and cooling systems. Equipped with nine brands of tires, including Michelin, Bridgestone, and BF Goodrich, the team outfits rides of all makes and models with brand-new rollers, allowing them to zip down highways or blend in at parades with ease.