With 30 years of car-cleansing experience, Dave's Auto Care’s meticulous cleaners revamp and enhance even the dirtiest rides with agile hands and high-gloss products. During thorough hand washes, cars forfeit their dirt as human digits scrub and massage their exteriors, dab them dry, and remove telltale lawn flamingos from their tires. Technicians also extend hand treatments into three-hour cosmetic makeovers with several exterior-only options, or grab hold of paint or oversize crayons to permanently affix lettering to boats, trucks, and cars for custom graphic designs.
At Commercial Street Auto Care, automotive experts tackle any and every job—from window washing to lumberjacking—with such precision and attention that the company has begun calling itself “obsessive.” Using professional products by Pro and Malco, the shop’s detailing crew diligently tackles all vehicular dirt and grime with basic exterior washes and full-service professional detailing, complete with hand waxes, tire dressing, and interior conditioning. Aside from restoring shine to sullied rides, Commercial Street’s technicians peek under the hood and slide beneath the underbody to maintain and repair all systems, from swapping tires to servicing transmissions. They also vend and install professional window tints by Solar Guard, Suntech, and Madico to block UV rays from damaging the interior and thwart excessive heat from boiling Big Gulps.
The crew at Classic Services has been keeping cars, boats, and homes clean for more than 30 years. Auto detailers pamper four-wheelers with a variety of packages that feature washes by hand, machine polishes, and carpet and upholstery shampoos. Boats receive similar treatment as they undergo hull polishing and cabin detailing, leaving them ready to traverse the seas in search of treasure chests filled with diesel fuel. The crew also extends its services to residences, swinging by houses and buildings to hose them down, remove graffiti, and perform other general maintenance services.
Hydraulic lifts puff and sigh as they slowly lift cars above Duval Service Center’s shop floor, revealing each auto underbelly to Mark Duval and his team of ASE-certified mechanics. After pinpointing common breakdown culprits, such as overheating and always being picked last for dodge ball, techs get busy re-padding brakes, clearing out exhaust systems, and performing other services that keep vehicles running smoothly. While their cars get pampered, drivers can kick back in the red cushioned chairs of the waiting area to read a magazine, or wander Duval’s Service Center’s lot of foreign and domestic used cars.
Mending and maintaining foreign autos for more than a quarter of a century, the technicians at New England Imports LLC rid rides of troubles and prevent breakdowns with oil changes and friendly full-service repairs. During oil-change services, technicians drain old, loud-mouthed crude and replace it with a more polite batch of fresh standard oil. Meanwhile, mechanics inspect 10 high-wear and breakdown points including the tires, shocks, ball joints, and wipers, keeping road warriors abreast of impending parts failures. Drivers looking to heal broken-down carriages can opt for mechanical repairs ($80/hour) and let the team of skilled technicians go to work declogging sputtering fuel injection systems, revamping faulty wiring, aligning tires, and keeping cars healthy by performing factory-scheduled maintenance or taking them for walks.
Specializing in European cars, Merlin Motors’s lot glistens with Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW vehicles. Though they mainly focus on those manufacturers, the techs at Merlin Motors broaden their automotive spectrum with Toyotas, Fords, Jeeps, and stalled alien spacecraft. Inside their two-car, full-service garage, they crawl under the hood of most makes and models for oil changes and check-ups.
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.