Cool Auto owner Michael Moreno first opened shop at age 9, when he detailed his brother's 1968 Camaro and was paid with a bag of chips and a six-pack of root beer. Today, the longtime Tucson resident has expanded the business to include a staff of 22 full-time employees who detail about 8,600 cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans every year, pulling in almost as many chips and root beers as the World Bank can hold. Detailing technicians sanitize rides with grease removals from engines and auto bodies, clay-bar and waxing rubdowns, and steam cleaning of undercarriages, axles, and suspensions. They apply the same attention to detail inside cars, lifting soda stains and pulling out ground-in dirt with extractors. They can even protect leather upholstery from wear and sun damage with shine-boosting conditioning. To make sure the car smells nice, the techs use puffs of ozone to banish stubborn odors from car cabins.
Metro Express Car Wash's drive-thru shower quickly and effectively cleanses chariots of grime, from exterior to undercarriage and tires. The five-minute sudsing treats road warriors to a triple-foam polish and full-body protectant, restoring the fresh-faced glow cars had when their owners first brought them home from the nursery. The speedy but thorough buggy bath also includes a two-step wheel cleaning and tire-gloss treatment, which buffs lackluster rims until they sparkle. Further, an undercarriage rinse and rust inhibitor eliminate underbody dirt build-up and rinse away hitchhikers clinging to the undercarriage. Free vacuum services allow owners to maintain their autos' inner beauty. Metro Express Car Wash is open seven days a week despite adverse weather conditions or unforeseen robot uprisings.
The glass gurus at Tucson Auto Tint repair, replace, and tint windows and windshields. Like the blue-filter version of Casablanca, the Standard Heat Buster tinting uses dyed film ($149+), covering windows in SunTek tint and bouncing 99% of harmful UVA and UVB rays out of the car's interior with ID checks at the doors. The process typically takes about 2.5 hours, so vehicles can be dropped off and picked up on the same day, or technicians can make window-darkening house calls. SUV and station-wagon tinting is available with a $20 upgrade, Corvettes and Volkswagen Beetles are an extra $30, and imaginary hovercrafts are tinted free of charge. The three-year warranty protects against bubbling, peeling, cracking, and being strafed by Canadian fighter pilots.
For more than 20 years, GotCarWash.com has been providing unlimited car washes to customers nationwide through its innovative membership program. Online clients simply browse a list of locations—more than 90 in California alone—and sign up for unlimited cleanings at the most accessible one. But regardless of which location they choose, they can rest assured that their car will be bathed by professionals wielding only the highest quality cleaning products on the market. The teams strip away grime with biodegradable shampoos and cleansers, as well as top-notch formulas like a special closed-cell Envirosoft Foam, a cleansing foam designed not to scratch exteriors. The cleansing arsenal also includes products like ArmorAll Professional—which the crews have dubbed the "Cadillac of chemicals"—and Rain-X, both of which work to protect the car's finish from harsh environmental factors and any birds that decide to hold tap dance practice on its hood.
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.
For more than 13 years, the technicians at Octopus Car Wash have escorted vehicles into high-tech soft-touch washing systems. Controlled by a tunnel computer system and electronic sensors, their robotic equipment slathers vehicles as tall as 6 feet, 10 inches with double-coat foam conditioners, clear-coat protectors, and delicious donut glaze. To appease the environment, Octopus softens, treats, and internally recycles its water while using far less than is normally used at home.