Lawman Auto Shine apprehends vehicular grime under the trained eyes of its owner, who served the community as a police officer for more than 20 years. With those analytical credentials ingrained into its mold, the company tracks down dirt with care and attention, making sure to outline each smudge or stain in chalk before scrubbing away the entire scene. They do so using an eco-friendly, waterless process, which gets called upon during basic hand washes or during full detailing services for both cars and SUVs. When they're not buffing rides, Lawman's staff can install snazzy extras, including car stereos and LED lighting.
The team of primp and polish artists at Cityview Car Wash paint vehicles in vivid shades of clean with a reclaimed water system and a never-ending linen closet of soft, smudge-shedding towels. With the Works wash, vehicles are treated to a full-service soft cloth wash, clearcoat polish wax, and undercarriage wash and sealant application to reveal glistening, smooth complexions worthy of car shows and debutante derbies. Mud-crusted tires and rims sprout from their dirt chrysalis after a deluxe wheel cleaning and tire dressing, before an air fragrance ties the entire carwash package with an aromatic and symbolic bow.
Since 1988, Auto Care Super Saver has been helping car owners save cash with maintenance punch cards redeemable at local auto shops throughout the course of a full year. These cards come loaded with all kinds of prepaid services, including at least three full-service oil changes with up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a new filter. Depending on the location, punch cards may also feature tire rotations, brake inspections, engine-light readings, air-conditioning performance tests, and other repairs and inspections essential to a car's well-being. Customers can transfer the punch card's benefits to any ride, ranging from station wagons to sports cars to feral merry-go-round mounts.
For more than 20 years, the staff at LD's Custom Detail has traveled to local homes and offices to care for clients. Although these clients, which range from sports cars to workhorse minivans, hail from different factories and eras, they all end up sharing one thing in common—a squint-inducing exterior.
To produce this signature shine, the staffers hand-wash cars with biodegradable Meguiar's shampoo—paying extra attention to wheels—before hand-drying fenders with paint-friendly chamois and microfiber towels. They also tidy up the interior, de-griming seats and dashes even in their most elementary wash packages. During more comprehensive detailing jobs, they feature premium upgrades, such as an application of upholstery protectant, a tar-removal service, an engine cleaning, and a spraying of post-apocalyptic-biker repellant.
The cleaning staff at Shine Express Carwash grooms begrimed autos with a full-service car wash, which eases autos through the bathing tunnel before the staff vacuums away lingering internal debris, cleans out cup holders, and performs an interpretive hand waxing. During the Platinum Works detail package, cleaners slip into their most meticulous personas while tending to both interiors and exteriors. Unkempt carpets regain their fluffy disposition with a sudsy shampooing, and a hand wax leaves hoods as shiny and reflective as a freshly minted introspective penny.
In 1945, R.D. Beck, a small-town gas-station owner, started scrubbing patrons’ cars with his son, Lamar. At first, the service was a way to score a little extra business, but before long, throngs of eager customers circled the tiny shop. Unable to meet the demand, they built a conveyor-belt system that washed cars just as well as they could. As their business grew, they purchased a Columbus, Georgia, car wash with a strange but memorable moniker: GooGoo. Though the name stems from a famous duck on a 1930s radio show, it now stands for the goo-goo eyes that Lamar makes when a clean, shiny car drives by.
GooGoo’s also short for GooGoo 3 Minute Express Wash, the modern incarnation of the Beck family business. Here, staffers dressed in bright-red ties prep cars for baths and guide drivers to the washing tunnel’s conveyor belt. Drivers kick back as gentle machines scrub their autos with Neoglide foam and microfiber cloths as soft as a baby chick wearing a lamb's-wool sweater. Biodegradable soaps and house-label waxes imbue exteriors with shine and sparkle, and a stable of free-to-use vacuums helps drivers extract dirt and debris from seats, mats, and floors.