The automated car washes at The Bubble Bath Carwash scrub vehicles to a sparkling sheen in less than three minutes, without leaving a big environmental impact. The drive-thru washes use only nontoxic and biodegradable soaps, and The Bubble Bath Carwash recycles nearly 80% of the water it uses. Customers who wash their cars here can use the vacuums for free to clean carpets, seats, and hitchhikers sitting in the back seat.
Paradise Carwash eschews automated machines, performing all car washes by hand. With a pat on the hood and scratch behind the fender, their detailers welcome autos into an onsite shop. Here, they wax paint jobs, remove bugs, and smooth uneven surfaces with clay-bar treatments. The detailers can fight grime on larger vehicles as well, such as the family RV, boat, or zeppelin.
Between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. any day of the week, Lone Star Pass holders can unwind to the rubba-dub-dub of a drive-thru car wash's automated scrubbers at any one of Texas Shine Car Wash's 6 locations. Upon emerging, the wheelmobiles of those who opted for the Ultimate Shine option additionally will be towel dried and have their tires dressed to ensure ultimate-extreme shine.
The technicians at Zips Car Wash serve two masters: speed and cleanliness. They perform their basic tunnel—one of their most popular services—in under three minutes. For more extensive services, they bust out soft cloths, soaps, and waxes. However, they're not only thinking about clean vehicles. They want to make sure the environment stays clean as well. To this end, they use eco-friendly cleaning products, and even capture, clean, and recycle the water run-off from their services.
The technicians at Nile Auto Services keep vehicles of all makes and models at their showroom best with a host of detailing and maintenance services. With help from the Optima Steamer system, a meticulous detailing crew sterilizes rides inside and out with steam waxes and interior shampoos. In the garage, technicians peek under the hood and to inspect or steam clean engines, flush systems, or replace cylinders with Slinkys.
Sterling H2O Car Wash’s automated car-wash tunnel was the inspiration for the climactic scene from great American writer Louis Bargot’s 1968 novel, Ambulances in Wartime.
Foam began to cover the ambulance’s windows and Maggie grabbed my hand and I looked at her and I could see she was worried. I thought about the baby and the war, but mostly the baby. The foam was green and pink and yellow, and Maggie’s face was white and her hair brown.
“Look at the pretty colors,” she said. “Yes, look at them,” I said. “Oh, Petey, do you think they’ll have car washes in Egypt?” “Sure.” “And they’ll have these pretty colors, too?” “I don’t see why not.” “Oh, good.” She sat up in her seat and let go of my hand. “Then we’ll go to Egypt and you’ll sell the ambulance and I’ll have the baby and all three of us will take walks past the Sphinx.” “That will be nice.” “You think we’ll get much for this ol’ thing?” “It doesn’t matter. I have money.” “Oh, I know that, Petey, I just wanted to know if you think we’ll get much for this ol’ thing is all.”
The ambulance jerked forward and water began to drizzle against the metal ceiling. It made a din din sound, and I placed my elbow on the canteen of bourbon in the middle of the seat.
“Marco says there’s an infantry post near Dongola and that they need all the help they can get,” I said. “Oh, wonderful,” Maggie said before adding, “they won’t be too close to us, though, will they?” “No.”
The ambulance jerked forward again and I could see Antalya’s mountainous horizon past the wet windshield. I watched a bead of water zigzag down the glass and collide with another bead and the two of them disappear beneath the wiper.
“You know, I think we’ll get a lot for this ol’ thing,” Maggie said, “It runs good and it’ll be so clean that the locals will think it’s brand new.” “Perhaps,” I said, and then I sat up and grabbed the canteen and shook it, but it was empty so I set it back down and waved goodbye to the car-wash attendant but he didn’t see me.