Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
On the corner of Washington Avenue and Heights Boulevard in the Heights, there’s a big blue building with a covered carport and a lot full of cars with all their doors open, this is Keep It Clean Carwash. Since 2004, Houstonians have been getting their cars hand-buffed by Keep It Clean team members. There are no big machines or drive-through sprayers here, it’s hand washing and detailing all the way. Customers can expect a wait on the weekends, when it seems like half of Houston is getting waxed and shampooed here, but they’re open every day except major holidays and during severe weather. Services range from a basic wash to show room detailing with leather treatments, rug shampooing and interior and exterior protectants.
Shannon's Auto Cleaning has been in the buff-and-wax business since 1980, and its technicians have left a decades-long parade of shiny cars behind them. To this day they continue to make cars look like new with full detailing services for both interiors and exteriors. Besides washing dirt and grime off the car's body, they can condition leather, spruce up seats, and shampoo carpets, leaving the vehicle looking as good as it did when it suckled its very first gas pump. And, for its customers convenience, Shannon's Auto Cleaning also offers pick-up and delivery services.
BlueWave Express' car-wash system delicately transforms automobiles from dingy to dazzling through meticulous cleansings. During the Ultimate Wave road warriors get a soapy wash with a soft cloth, a spot-free rinse, and a moisture-zapping dry. A double-bond sealant with teflon protects paint for up to 30 days, and a tire dressing makes wheels more appealing to picky eaters. A coat of Simoniz triple polish leaves car exoskeletons shinier than a penny fresh from the Abe Lincoln face-shrinking factory. Guests can rid car interiors of dirt and dust free of charge with BlueWave Express’s powerful vacuums.
Bubbles Express Wash swiftly gussies up sullied buggies with the three-minute Supreme Combo Express wash. The fully automated process begins with a wash, rinse, and dry, before your buggy's formerly spotted pelt is refeathered with tri-color polish, clear-coat wax, and a fast-drying agent. Wheels receive a tread-tickling scrub and high-gloss shine, and the auto's underbelly is showered and bolstered with a rust- and gremlin-repelling shield. Lastly, Rain Protection Plus is lovingly lacquered onto your ride, bringing a gleam to newly cleaned carriages while silently protesting Mother Nature's refusal to comply with "say it don't spray it" ordinances.
The ASE-certified technicians at Kwik Kar?a AAA-approved auto-repair facility?have serviced more than 75,000 cars since the business?s inception. Beneath yellow Pennzoil banners in a spotless garage, technicians revive cars with services ranging from AC tune-ups and transmission repair to oil changes, differential service, and scheduled warranty maintenance. Inside a waiting room decorated with flowers and a classic throw rug, complimentary coffee, fresh cookies, and WiFi keep customers comfortable as they wait during service.