From washes to waxes, the technicians perform everything by hand at Super Kleen Car Wash. Cars can quickly scoot in and out of the garage during the basic wash, which techs top off with a full interior vacuuming, wipe-down, and giant smooch. Meanwhile, more extensive packages, such as the VIP, take cleanings a step further with Armor All treatments, carnauba wax, and Lexol leather conditioner.
The founding family of King's Tire and Wheel Inc. opened their first retail tire shop in 1987. Today, they dot maps of Southern California with distribution centers, getting brand-name tires and wheels onto cars while keeping prices low. But the technicians at King's service stations busy themselves with more than just tires; they also keep cars roadworthy with routine-maintenance services such as oil changes, brake services, and inspirational lectures.
Temple City Car Wash beautifies auto exteriors with meticulous washes and detailing beneath a cheery-red roof. Certified Meguiar's detailers draw from the shop's 38 years of expertise as they wield soft cloths, spray bottles, and whirring wax buffers during 10-minute express washes or lengthy detailing sessions. Recycled water splashes eco-friendly soap off hoods and guides shampoo suds through interior carpets, and luxe waxes and clay-bar treatments polish paint and stave off oxidation before molding into ornamental hood golems.
M.R. Tire Solutions keeps automobiles moving as it equips them with a selection of more than 30 tire brands and a variety of wheels and accessories from domestic, European, and Asian auto-parts manufacturers. The tire shop also maintains vehicles with rotations, visual brake analysis, repairs, balancing, and other services.
The car-window experts at Doctor Auto Glass patch up chips at their facility and bravely journey to ailing autos for on-location windshield replacements, backing their services with a lifetime warranty. During the chip-restoration process, which takes 30 minutes per chip, expert glass-care technicians repair up to three dings in the car's front window, ensuring they won’t expand into full-grown cracks or start hiding behind tacky sunglasses. Doctor Auto's technicians also travel to car-owners’ homes or businesses to replace windshields ($250+) and keep fierce highway winds from gaining access to drivers’ faces; the wandering windshield swappers need about 2 hours to safely secure the new windshield.
Don and Rick Wood, owners of Cooks Collision, have auto-repair roots that reach back to the 1930s. Their grandfather, Clyde, built cars for Ford Motor Company and later started his own body shop, where he passed his knowledge on to his son, Bob. After working as a body-shop manager for Saltnes Volkswagen, Bob took out a mortgage against his family home and purchased Cooks Auto Body, fulfilling his dream of starting his own shop—just like his dad. Today, Don and Rick carry on the family legacy with nearly 20 locations, 300 employees, and one magical vintage racecar. Their ASE-certified mechanics are factory-certified by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Jaguar, and Volvo, and they repair around 30,000 cars each year.
Unlike some car washes that employ potentially abrasive brushes and cloths, Monterey Car Wash liberates locomotives from filth and grime using only soft, lamb's wool mitts that won't mar the paint finish. Most services are designed to get cars clean, dry, and back at their cubicles in about 20 minutes, while still ensuring every auto is thoroughly wiped from window to wheel rim. Always keeping customer comfort a topmost priority, the car wash offers both a shaded outdoor seating area as well as an air-conditioned gift shop stocked with cards and appropriate gifts for hard-to-shop-for valet attendants. Monterey Car Wash helps cars to gleam every day of the week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.