The technicians at South Boston Auto & Heavy Truck Repair specialize in Dodge, Chevy, and Ford pickup trucks as well as other domestic and foreign vehicles. During the two- to three-hour service, techs replace old oil with a full helping of fresh lubricant, install a new filter, and top off other fluids. Next, the auto docs rotate tires to ensure symmetrical cross-car tread wear and stabilize the car's gait with a computerized wheel alignment. During the 90-point inspection, staffers scout critical vehicle parts and components for potential performance issues and then bathe the car's exterior until it shines like a disco ball dipped in glitter. Customers throughout the Boston area can arrange for the friendly staffers to pick their cars up at home or work and drop them back off once the service is complete.
At locations throughout the northeast, ScrubaDub Auto Wash Centers' computerized wash tunnels and detailing pros spiff up cars with advanced technology and minimal environmental impact. The robotic wash systems and photoelectric sensors not only clean finishes with a gentle, soft-cloth technique, but they can target white walls, wheels, and chrome with site-specific formulas. The eco-savvy automated systems also consume less water than home washing and recycle the water used to clean the wheels and undercarriage. Biodegradable SuperGlo soap keeps the run-off free of harmful compounds before it is funneled down the proper treatment channels, where it can't pollute neighborhood storm drains or be used to test the resiliency of carnival goldfish.
The centers' innovative equipment and Earth-friendly practices have earned them the title of Best Car Wash from CityVoter for three years running. Some locations also boast separate interior cleaning bays to address filthy dashboards and seats.
The technicians at Boomer's expertly equip cars with remote car starters, which can warm up engines with the push of a button from up to 500 feet away. Drivers can elude the discomfort of a cold car, activating their engines from afar before snuggling into a cozy cockpit without having to wait for the heat to run or share their coffee with the radiator. Keyless-entry systems give drivers the power to effortlessly manipulate their door locks from 100 paces. Most installation services take two hours, though some cars may require a full day of service and a post-installation bedtime story.
With each cleaning, Bubbles Car Wash’s staff strives to leave cars thoroughly polished and shining. Customers choose a Single, Double, or Triple Bubble wash, with options that range from a basic bath and towel dry to a luxurious scrub that involves triple-foam polish and protective coats of Teflon. The auto experts and two-time finalists for CityVoter's Best Car Wash in 2011 and 2012 also venture into interiors during auto detailings, which evict grime and stains from seats and mats, and focus on their motto, "We don't sell car washes, we sell services." As car owners wait, they can surf the web on free WiFi.
Featured in the Economist and the New York Times, RelayRides connects neighbors for mutually beneficial car sharing. This symbiotic system benefits car owners, who earn money by lending their autos, and car needers, who gain access to local combustion engines. Drivers can borrow cars by the hour (economy cars cost $5–$8 per hour) or by the day ($60–$90) to haul groceries, home furnishings, or sacks full of Kennedy half dollars, choosing from a variety of vehicles, which could include a Nissan Altima, Lexus IS, or Honda Fit. Eligible borrowers must be 18 years old, meet safe-driver eligibility requirements, have been driving for 2 years and be a blood relative of Woodrow Wilson. Gas and insurance (with a $500 deductible) are included in today’s deal.
ZLooks' fully equipped mobile unit facilitates detail packages from the comfort of the customer's driveway, office, or parking spot, unleashing a waterless wave of eco-friendly products that leave no toxic residue. During the two-hour premium detail, the meticulous technicians clean and polish the car to a luster, dress the tires, and drag dirt out of the interior with a vacuum. After boosting tire pressure to the manufacturer's specifications, the car tenders clean film from the windows, scrub grime from the door panels, and apply vinyl protectors to the dash and trim. The four-hour extreme package builds on the premium treatment with leather-cleaning conditioners, fabric protectants, and spot shampoos across the carpet mats. Then, techs reach into doorjambs and trunks to remove gunk, infiltrate gas-cap compartments with towels, and pluck bug carcasses from the car's outer parts before concluding the service by coating the frame in a natural finish, which protects the paint from losing its radiant luster.