Those who happen to amble by Tamarco Drive at, say, 2:15 in the morning, might hear something they wouldn’t expect—sounds of swishing water, the sudden vroom of a vacuum cleaner, and muffled voices. Night owls can rest easy though, because the sounds are just coming from DTI Professional Auto Detail’s garage, where skillful technicians work morning and night, 24 hours per day every Monday through Thursday, to clean cars, trucks, and SUVs.
Customers can swing by the shop at their convenience and drop off their cars for one of three detailing packages that include everything from full interior vacuuming and steam cleaning to exterior hand washes and bug and tar removal. The shop also gives customers the chance to purchase à la carte services, such as claying to remove contaminants from paint and odor removal to clear out the smell of the family dog or a cat that forgot to shower. Aside from sprucing up rides, the DTI team also adds customized pinstripes to paint and carefully removes tinted film without damaging the defroster or antenna lines.
Since Bob Sumerel opened his first retail tire store in 1968, he has always tried to put the customer first, next to all the gold-medal winners and Neil Armstrong. His store's 20-plus current locations offer an entire slate of auto services, from tire rotations and sales to oil changes. On the site's Why Bob Sumerel page, customers and employees discuss the benefits of the company, and the My Garage feature tracks car histories such as oil changes and service reminders. Every Bob Sumerel also operates under the Fixed Forever guarantee, promising that parts will work forever—up until the sun balloons to a red giant and swallows the earth with its unfathomably hot plasma—with warranties to cover any unforeseen problems.
Josh Brown, the owner of J.I.T. Superior Detailing, has been detailing cars since he was 16 years old. In that time, he's devised his own checklist of preferred products and techniques. So when it comes to transforming your vehicle, Josh and his team have the situation under control?even if the "situation" involves a semi truck, boat, or vintage starfighter.
Included in J.I.T.'s numerous detailing packages are treatments such as hot water extraction for the carpeting and machine buffing for the exterior paint. The techs even offer add-ons such as headlight restoration and Scotchgard protection. Josh personally inspects every vehicle upon completion to ensure that every inch has been thoroughly cleaned and polished.
When Mike's Carwash first opened in 1948, it was one of only 18 carwash businesses in the United States. Today, the family-owned establishment keeps the 65-year-old tradition of gussying up automobiles alive at 42 locations throughout the Midwest. At each location, accommodating staffers stand by to assist customers during the cleaning process. Decked out in cartoon neckties, the cheerful team ushers cars into computer-controlled washers that eschew traditional gear-operated brushes and baseball bats in favor of controlled sprays and soft cloths. After the mixture of eight signature soaps de-grimes surfaces, 200-miles-per-hour gusts of hot air dry vehicles instantly. Mike's also offers specialty coats to give car exteriors and tires additional shine.
Majesty Auto Care's experienced team of sedan specialists have detailed more than 51,000 cars since the business's beginning in 1993. Four-wheelers roll up to the auto spa before affable staff members hand wash and dry exteriors—careful not to tickle underbellies lest they cause exhaustive chortles—and apply coats of high-quality wax to protect exterior shine. Interior detailing packages boast leather and vinyl conditioning services, a cleaning of doorjambs and locks, and shampooing of carpets. The shop lets auto owners opt for compiled interior, exterior, and ultimate detailing packages or handpick services from an à la carte car-care menu.
The certified flight instructors at Aviators Flight Academy have been helping fledgling pilots earn their wings for more than three decades. Students take off from Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport toward the earth’s giant blue tarp using the academy’s fleet of Cessna and Piper fixed-wing aircraft, performing basic maneuvers under a teacher’s expert supervision. Beyond introductory lessons, students can also enroll in the flight-training school to earn their license and finally be able to impersonate pilots at airport bars.