Ready your ride for the pending holiday road trips and demolition derbies with today’s Groupon: $25 for a premium oil change at Swis Tire and Automotive, a $50 value. Redeem your Groupon at any one of four locations, six days a week. Mile 3,001: You car will instantly explode or may just feel neglected, but either way is never going to trust you like it once did.
For seven years, Jay Gleeson ran a successful real-estate-appraisal firm, but as he mentions on his site, he "knew it couldn't last forever." And so Jay looked into other business ventures, soon trading real-estate statements for a polishing cloth. Today, he and his crews clean cars inside and out using green products that are gentle on cars’ clear coats and fresh tattoos. Their tunnel system treats 100% of its water, and as much as 80% of water is recycled after service—steps which earned the Lakewood location an efficiency certification from Denver Water. This adherence to environmentally friendly standards applies to every service, from express exterior washes in less than three minutes to the Xtreme Make Over in less than three hours.
Chains have greater name recognition, but family-owned companies are more likely to have personal relationships with their customers. Or so says Dolphin Car Wash owner Dan LaFaver, who encourages his employees to get to know customers on a first-name basis. That’s not to say that the business shuns all major brands though; the certified staff works with Valvoline products during services, which include replenishing motor-oil reserves, upgrading windshield wipers, and brightening headlights. After any service, clients can use Dolphin’s fleet of free vacuums for additional cleanup or supplemental tickling.
The Glo Car Wash's automatic-wash system reclaims more than 90% of its water, making it an environmentally friendly option for cleansing road-weary vehicles. As autos sidle through the top-tier, multi-stage wash, the contoured arms of pressure washers angle over, under, and along the sides, blasting away bird droppings at 900 psi. With all sand and soil sluiced off, German-engineered SofTec washers twist and twirl around the vehicle, removing any residual film. Then, the three-stage detergent application featuring Citra-Glo lathers up the body as wheels rub against soft, spinning polishers during a two-stage cleaning. This system is designed to deep clean the auto and draw out its natural shine and infectious personality without wax or harmful chemicals. Extras such as RainX full-body protectant and Simoniz tire shine can also extend the life of the car's appearance. After a 180HP blow-dry, customers can unholster the Glo's onsite vacuums to hoover out the cabin and trunk and inflate tires to proper levels at the air machines.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.