All three of SAF-T Auto Center's locations are staffed by ASE-certified technicians who utilize the latest technology to service and repair cars, trucks, and vans. The techs bolster cars' vitals with a range of services from small maintenance tasks, such as oil changes and tire rotations, to heavy-duty operations like engine replacements. As a state-certified emissions center, the 30-year-old company also stamps its approval on cars whose output meets the legal requirements, and as a Napa AutoCare center, it backs its work with the Napa Peace of Mind Warranty, which covers parts and service for 12 months or 12,000 miles and can be redeemed at more than 13,000 participating centers across the country. To further customer satisfaction, SAF-T Auto Center offers comfortable waiting rooms as well as a free shuttle that can transport customers to work or take them on a tour of the company’s air-freshener farm.
Soap, wax, and vacuums fly into action at Fred’s Car Wash, tackling the layers of grime and salt that cling to cars and trucks. Fred’s has been fighting the battle against dirt for more than three decades, watching as the jalopies of yore gave way to the hovercrafts of today, which the car wash’s experts pamper with four levels of express or full washes. This range of services lets clients decide whether their autos need a basic showering and hand drying, or if they could benefit from coats of foam protectant and Rain-X products. The car wash’s technicians also perform detail services, rejuvenating vehicular interiors with leather cleaner and vacuums or shining hulls with paste wax until hoods reflect the clouds and pterodactyls soaring above them.
Signature service: Foreign and domestic auto repair
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Raybestos, Napa, Moog, KYB, Flowmaster, Mobil, Penwood
Pro Tip: Wifi Hotspot
What's one tip for first-time customers that will make them feel like regulars?
We offer complimentary WiFi and coffee, and no appointments are necessary.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I started working on cars at a young age with my friends and my dad.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We do complete car work, including diagnosis, engine and transmission work, and custom exhaust work.
In 1981, lifelong Greenwich residents Mark Curtis and Chris Fisher traded in their business suits for sudsy sponges when they purchased Greenwich Car Wash. 13 years later, they renamed their business Splash to coincide with an innovative idea developed by the duo: wash the cars by hand while also using a conveyor to keep them moving rather than trying to coax them forward with candy. That approach was a huge hit, and soon, Splash began spinning off into additional locations.
Today, more than 15 Splash locations are peppered across the East Coast. What started as a humble two-man operation has grown into a franchise that employs more than 500 people and washes more than a million cars per year. At each location, cars receive the ultimate in pampering thanks to a list of services that includes hand washes, express washes, detailings, and oil changes. Despite such impressive growth, though, Splash remains true to its community-driven roots, working with more than 400 charitable organizations on an annual basis.
From their three locations, the auto mavens at Platinum Car Wash & Oil employ advanced water-reclamation systems and power-conscious equipment during cleaning and maintenance services. The facility's full-service car-wash tunnels spray paint jobs with Simoniz soaps, waxes, and foams before staff members dab rides with microfiber towels. They continue hands-on touch during signature or 20-minute express detailing sessions that unfold as auto owners explore the waiting area's magazines, complimentary WiFi, or leather couch cushions.
Opposed to using recycled or reprocessed oils, the crew spurs pistons with Mobil oil and complimentary top-offs between services. They also help boost car with lube services, such as transmission drains, tire rotations, and VPS fuel-rail services that dislodge harmful debris and misplaced CDs from fuel- and air-intake systems.
At Eco Friendly Car Wash, technicians clean vehicles using virtually no water at all, whether working at their shop or right in your driveway. Unlike traditional car-cleaning methods—spraying vehicles with pressurized water, driving cars into the ocean to locate sponges—this green-cleaning technique employs less than a pint of the precious liquid. They continue their eco-friendly efforts by employing biodegradable cleaning agents, and, just to be nice to cars, they use microfiber towels to dry them off without leaving behind soap residue or scratches.