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.
At Bumper One, skilled technicians travel to clients' homes and workplaces to repair and beautify vehicles through masterful detailing, touch-ups, wheel-rim repair, and dent removal. Armed with an arsenal of special tools, they handily work away dings from the inside out, unsullying expensive paint jobs and recent Shellac manicures. Paint touch-ups protect exteriors from rust and damage, and headlight restoration boosts visibility with the installation of sharp, clear lenses.
Since 1988, Auto Care Super Saver has been helping car owners save cash with maintenance punch cards redeemable at local auto shops throughout the course of a full year. These cards come loaded with all kinds of prepaid services, including at least three full-service oil changes with up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a new filter. Depending on the location, punch cards may also feature tire rotations, brake inspections, engine-light readings, air-conditioning performance tests, and other repairs and inspections essential to a car's well-being. Customers can transfer the punch card's benefits to any ride, ranging from station wagons to sports cars to feral merry-go-round mounts.
In 1976, Apple computers were born, America celebrated its 200-year anniversary, and San Diegoans were introduced to AJ’s full auto maintenance, collision, and sales center. More than three decades later, AJ’s service department’s team of ASE master-certified technicians still keeps rides such as BMWs, Mercedes, imports, and SUVs in peak condition, earning them an Auto Club of Southern California AAA 100% customer satisfaction score and subsequent pizza party 3 years in a row. External body damage can be fixed by the collision department’s computerized frame-measuring and paint-matching systems, and for repairs requiring extended chunks of time, AJ’s provides free shuttle service or on-site Enterprise rental cars.
An affiliate of Tesoro service stations, USA Gasoline fuels autos while providing intelligent car-cleaning solutions. Its ultrasonic mapping identifies the type of vehicle to be washed prior to service, and customizes the sudsing accordingly. The car wash takes an environmentally friendly stance by using reclaimed water and only accepting shade from free-range clouds.
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.