Though customers at Mr. Phills Auto Spa can’t walk in and receive a facial or a mani-pedi, the car-wash-and-detail center does go out of its way to make them feel comfortable as its staffers skillfully hand wash automobiles and detail interiors. Guests sip on complimentary coffee, cocoa, water, or wine, and calm grumbling stomachs with muffins, bagels, and other baked goods, rather than feasting on discarded air fresheners. Free WiFi and a business center equipped with computers, private offices, and a conference room ensure that businesspeople can stay on top of their responsibilities throughout the day. To accommodate guests who are too busy to stay at Mr. Phills during the detailing process, a free shuttle provides transportation to and from home, work, the golf course, or the Batcave.
Since 1942, Leete Tire & Auto Center, Inc. has been fitting autos with new tires by brands including Michelin, BFGoodrich, Uniroyal, Continental, Toyo, and Goodyear. Though the family-owned tire shop's been around for well over half a century, it stays up-to-date by equipping its 10-bay garage with modern technologies, such as the Space Needle, which sews up cars or the moon after meteor collisions. In 1995, Leete Tire & Auto Center spawned another location in Richmond that features six bays capable of servicing passenger vehicles as well as light trucks. As NAPA AutoCare centers, both tire shops also enlist ASE-certified technicians trained to keep rides healthy. These skilled pros render maintenance services including state inspections, computerized alignments, and brake inspections.
For Robert Stokes Jr., making a vehicle shine like it did the day it left the assembly line isn't just a talent, but a family dedication passed on from generation to generation. His father first taught him the value of caring for an automobile, giving him the inspiration to open his own mobile auto-detailing service in 1995. Robert's down-to-earth approach to dealing with clients and his scrutinizing eye for detail helped his business grow into a full-service production with two physical locations. No vehicle is too big or too small for Robert?s crew at The Gift Auto Detailing Center; they have serviced everything from tiny coupes and honey-I-shrunk-the-station-wagons to speedboats and large storage trailers.
Under the watchful gaze of Simoniz factory-trained technicians, Carolina Auto Spa's automatic tunnels bathe and wax cars' exteriors inside a modern wash arena. When they aren't scouring autos, technicians cleanse alternative transports, such as boats and saddled peacocks. Carolina Auto Spa also offers mobile detailing appointments for customers with busy schedules.
Since 1996, Shell Rapid Lube and AutoSpa's team of technicians have been giving vehicles expedited oil changes at their ever-expanding network of service shops. This extensive experience has translated to a quick turnaround time for the team's oil changes, which, in a span of about 20 minutes, fill cars with fresh lube, exchange their filters, double-check 18 of their vital points, and quiz their knowledge of General Motors trivia. The shops' car-wash tunnel runs vehicles through a gauntlet of brushes, soap, and water jets.
For Tom Tucker, a good car wash is all about the water. Rather than relying on the local supply, he's outfitted Carolina Car Wash with its own well and water-reclamation system, which feeds the wash's jets with purified H2O. This nearly self-sufficient system provides a constant source of water even during periods of drought without impacting Carrboro's supply, fueling Carolina’s five types of car wash, heading off rust and corrosion, and keeping drivers’ backseat waterbeds fluffed. Tom's conservation-minded approach to water use also drives his support of local charities, with whom he collaborates on eco-friendly car-wash fundraisers.