Randy barely recognized his own car. The year was 1977, and he had just picked up his cherished ride from a new detail shop, astounded by the glossy finish that gave it a sleekness he didn't know it could possess. For the next few years, he was a dedicated customer and continued to be inspired by the crew's work and attitude toward their customers. In fact, it made such an impression, that he decided to open his own shop, following the same simple business model––great work and top-notch customer service––that he'd come to admire.
For more than 30 years now, Randy and his crew have been doling out double takes to motorists, helping them see their cars in a shiny new light. After delicately washing every inch of the exterior, Elite Motorcar Polishing's techs then get to work buffing and waxing the paint to a high shine and detailing every inch of the interior. On top of cleaning, the staff also revamps rides by repairing wheels, surface dents, and bumpers, and can even refurbish leased cars on their way back to the car stork. Above all, though, Randy continues to put his relationship with his customers at the forefront of every service, offering them quotes, and the occasional joke, free of charge.
At Fashion Square Car Wash, winner of the Los Angeles Daily News Best Car Wash from 2010-2013, staff members dedicate themselves to more than just beautifying vehicles inside and out. With every wash, they make a small donation to the customer?s choice of charity, such as The American Cancer Society or City of Hope. As customers avoid the heat in the wash?s shaded waiting area or liquid-nitrogen-chilled gift shop, the technicians set about scrubbing exteriors until they gleam and vacuuming interiors until they?re spotless. Premium washes also include such first-class extras as Blue Coral polishes, Rain-X window treatments, and Black Magic tire dressings. Oil changes incorporate a 22-point inspection.
The technicians at Go Green Auto Spa cleanse sullied chariots and conserve H2O by using less than a quarter-gallon of water on each vehicle they service. With help from an eccentric car-wash inventor, Go Green developed rechargeable machines that add eco-friendly soaps and waxes to water and reduce excessive runoff. The auto spa’s four detail packages all couple hand washes with an interior vacuum, and augment services with an array of add-ons including upholstery shampoos and hand-rubbed wax that defends against weather and delusional cattle branders.
Each member of the team refreshes automobiles inside and out, whether by steady hand or thorough machine. Cars can also enjoy hand wax alongside thorough interior or exterior detail packages. While cars are getting pampered, customers can wait in a comfortable room that features padded chairs and photographs of historic tic-tac-toe matches.
At Handy J Car Wash, newly gleaming rides slip back out into traffic. Their windows take on the cold shimmer of a mountain lake, and bodies undergo a beautiful transformation like a butterfly becoming a proper gentleman. The technicians watch the cars leave, returning tire dressing, yellow carnauba wax, and Scotchguard to their storage places.
The friendly auto buffers at Soapy Suds Car Wash expertly clean and detail vehicles, returning them to their original showroom shine. Sullied auto bodies undergo a thorough cleansing during the 20-minute full-service car wash, in which surfaces will emerge with more shine than a body-builder's pectorals. Then vacuums break into interiors to sniff out debris and sandwich crumbs clinging between seat cushions. Rides receiving the more extensive detailing package relish in a thorough carpet shampooing, which preps them for the interior vacuuming. Professionals gently pamper exterior surfaces with a hand wash and apply cucumber slices to headlights to reduce puffiness, and commence the 90-minute process with a glossy coat of the Blue Coral spray wax's water-beading sheen.