For more than 20 years, the certified technicians at DEKRA Emission Check have done one thing and done it well: superfast Georgia-state vehicle-emissions inspections. Although most patrons choose to stay in the car and alphabetize their eight-track collection during the typically five-minute inspection, many of the growing list of almost 30 Atlanta-area locations feature an indoor lounge for auto owners to kick back in. If a vehicle?s emissions exceed the regulated limit, the team advises drivers of their options and performs a free retest at a later date.
Since its creation in 1925, DEKRA Emission Check?s umbrella company, DEKRA, has grown to include more than 30,000 employees in 50 countries. In addition to having performed more than three million vehicle inspections in the United States, the larger business offers services such as expert appraisals, industrial product testing and certifications, and management-system certifications.
At Luxury Wash, the first thing cars will catch in their headlamps is a hand outstretched and ready as the detailer waits, prepared to lather cars up with gobs of soap. Proudly sporting a letter of commendation from President Obama, Bentley Brandon used to be one of those detailers when he started working at the wash at age 12, sudsing up cars himself until he climbed through the ranks of management to become the current owner. Today, most of the wash’s cleaning, waxing, and detailing services are still done by hand. With painstaking precision, the staff of detailers performs interior and exterior deep cleans—protecting paints with stage-one and stage-two protective waxes, flushing out upholstery stains with shampoo, and cleaning engines with painstaking meticulousness. The company also dispatches its technicians and cleaning products to clean cars on location, whether vehicles are resting in their driveway or marching in a picket line in protest of dwindling parking-space dimensions.
Atlanta Towing can make a drive feel like you have a pit crew nearby. Though their technicians may not help you win races, they will make sure you reach your destination with 24-hour roadside assistance. If a tire blows out, batteries fizzle, or keys get locked inside, they arrive ready to get car owners out of a jam. For cars that require more attention, they can get autos to the nearest shop with flatbed and standard towing services.
The technicians at Xtreme Detailing and Auto Spa outstrip automated car washes with detailing and wash services performed by hand. They eschew bucket water in favor of spray-foam guns that coat cars entirely, loosening dirt, debris, and shrink-rayed children still clinging to exteriors, before polishing paint without leaving behind swirls or oxidation. Besides washes and more in-depth detailing measures—such as clay bar treatments and carpet shampoos—the crew also restores headlights by resurfacing lenses to remove damaged areas. While their rides receive interior and exterior makeovers, guests can relax in Xtreme's waiting area , which comes equipped with free WiFi, a television, and a children's play area.
A full wash, detail, and maintenance facility, Smyrna Autospa staffs technicians equally adept with a wrench and a buffer. Details are the marquee services here, with comprehensive packages for interiors and exteriors that include Meguiar's paint sealant, high-tech waxes, and scotch guard for seats. Other available treatments include vinyl restoration, scratch removal, and engine cleaning, all of which can make a car look like it just rolled off the 16-wheeled stork. Performance is just as important here as image, though, and so technicians are also on hand to provide oil changes, fuel injection services, and emissions tests.