Car Wash in San Diego

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There is plenty to see from the San Diego Zoo's Africa Safari tram: resting lions, horned antelopes, majestic giraffes. But Detail Systems' Anthony Madafferi pays this wildlife little heed. He concentrates more on the sloping terrain that sweeps dust and mud on the beautiful, brightly colored trams he regularly details with his self-contained mobile detailing unit.

The safari trams are just some of the vehicles that Anthony and the techs at Detail Systems have revitalized over the past two decades; the list also includes the herds of Buicks that attend the Buick Invitational golf tournament. Their signature detailing service begins with a dousing in deionized water, which leaves the hand-washed exterior spot-free. Then, with a specially designed covalent chemical bond, Glassplexin paint sealant polishes a shiny luster on finishes, protecting them from oxidation and tailgating UV rays.

2844 Lytton St
San Diego,
CA
US

Chargers Hall of Famer Don Macek opened Mira Mesa Auto Spa in 1992 along with his teammate Dennis McKnight. Their goal: to create an automatic car wash that cleans cars in five minutes with Blue Coral products and a high-powered drying system. Their services range from express washes to meticulous detailing sessions, the latter of which finds techs waxing exteriors by hand, removing impurities with clay bars, and reorganizing out-of-place atoms.

10641 Camino Ruiz
San Diego,
CA
US

A development corporation formed to server the public with low cost brand name fuel and a multi service, car wash, oil change, detail, convenience store, ATM, Seattle Best Coffee and deli. The ultimate one stop gas station.

16629 Dove Canyon Rd
San Diego,
CA
US

Thousands upon thousands of vehicles have rolled into Scripps Poway Hand Car Wash & Detailing soiled by dirt and mud and left looking shiny and new. The key ingredient isn't a magical wax or shampoo?its elbow grease. Every full-service wash packages begin with a scrubbing done by human hand, which means the staff can reach spots machine might otherwise miss. Polishes, sealer waxes, and interior dressings play their part in getting the car looking spic and span, too. Detailing teams, meanwhile, tackle more advanced forms of dirt by applying carnauba waxes and tire dressing to the exterior and steam-cleaning and conditioning interior seats and surfaces. The facility welcomes dirty vehicles seven days a week since rain storms, puddles, and nauseous garbage trucks can muddy a car at any time.

12033 Scripps Summit Dr
San Diego,
CA
US

Genie Car Wash Oil and Lube keeps cars in top condition with speedy oil changes, window tinting, and detailing services at several different locations. One of the top five car washes on CityVoter's 2012 San Diego A-list, Genie offers automated washes that quickly remove dust and grime, and technicians who scour carpets and upholstery with vacuums and protect paint jobs with coats of sealer wax. In addition, mechanics are on hand to change oil, replace batteries, switch out filters and belts, and perform other basic maintenance services. The facilities also feature gourmet markets and customer lounges where guests can relax with snacks and drinks, or use the free WiFi to argue with complete strangers about the implications of Simpson's paradox.

5985 University Ave
San Diego,
CA
US

For many people, giving their car a hand wash means wasting an entire afternoon. But at Rosecrans Car Wash, techs vacuum crumb-laden interiors, clean grimy windows, and hand wash sullied car exteriors in just under 15 minutes. Of course, that's just if you want the works. Other services, like exterior-only washes, can take as little as 10 minutes, while those with a little extra time on their hands can treat their rides to extras such as a hand wax, tire dressing, or interior shampooing. While you sit and wait, you can even take care of another chore: the facility's coin-op dog wash provides everything you need to give your four-legged friend a bath so he can drive home with pride.

3768 Rosecrans St.
San Diego,
CA
US