Lines of dirty cars have been forming outside the automated car-wash tunnel at Homestead Car Wash ‘N Gas for more than 25 years. At the front of each line, you’ll find the car wash’s friendly staff prepping each vehicle. This gesture serves two purposes: to ensure top-notch customer service and to ready the cars for one of the three tiered washes, which feature soft cloths, Armor All products, and à la carte services such as tire dressing and body shield. The tunnel opens for business seven days a week, and the facility's gas pumps fill up gas tanks and Paul Bunyan’s coffee mug 24/7.
Committed to keeping cars clean with two-thirds less water than traditional or home washes, Harv's Car Wash delivers eco-friendly car washing that earned the company awards from the Bay Area Green Business Program and Sacramento Area Sustainable Businesses. Reclaimed water undergoes multiple stages of cleaning and proper disposal to meet the standard of water and energy audits. Similarly, the car wash’s brushes and turbo jet dryers are designed to circumvent the finish-damaging effects of home hand washing. Shoe shines are available on premises for customers waiting for their cars.
The experienced techs at AJ Auto Detailing have been revamping rides for 28 years with an array of detailing services. Using ultra-purified water, technicians wash exteriors by hand before slathering painted surfaces with industry-standard polymer sealers and carnauba wax. They also eradicate oxidization, perform complete interior details, and steam clean engines to remove grease, oil, and any carrots lingering from the car's last collision with a produce stand.
Typically, car washes don't have giant foaming water guns that can be controlled by customers—fortunately, Capitol Premier Car Wash does. Access the infamous FunGun and, more importantly, have your vehicle cleaned inside and out with a "The Works" package. The auto overhaul begins with a thorough washing of your vehicle's well-weathered exterior. During this stage, you or someone you love very much may operate the aforementioned FunGun, which shoots foaming water for a brief, yet blissful few moments. Fun and guns aside, the cleaning team then moves in, polishing and sealing the exterior and moving through the underbody, tire dressings, and wheels. In addition, the outer surfaces receive a final burst of protection from Rain-X, which improves visibility and eats clouds for breakfast.
As cars undergo one of the many packages, which range from basic washes to complete interior and exterior details, drivers can sip on beverages from the espresso and coffee bar, surf the Web on the free WiFi, and even polish their chrome loafers at the onsite shoe-shining station. Staffers add to the extravagance by rounding out the menu with additional services not found at many car washes, including window tinting, windshield repair, headlight restoration, and dent removal.
At The Car Spa, detailers use soft cloths, hand waxes, and shampoo to bring soiled vehicles back to a shiny state. Their sole focus is to remove interior and exterior filth, whether it’s a coffee spill soiling the carpet or a smudge of road grime tainting the finish. They target everyday wear with wash packages that include soft-cloth washes and a clear coat.
More advanced blemishes can be undone with a detail package; treatments such as buffing, polishing, and leather conditioning rekindle the car’s original glow and make it proud to roll down the assembly line at its 10-year factory reunion.