One day in 1946, Bob Fuller returned home from military service to resume civilian life. By the time the sun had set, he was a business owner. The original location of Fuller's Carwash & Detail Centers, which he claimed with a handshake and a hip twist on that day more than 60 years ago, now serves as the flagship shop, the anchor for a business that has branched out to 11 more locations. Seven days a week, washers lavish cars with soap and special treatment, and detailing services help cars to rediscover their showroom shines. Some locations offer lube and auto centers, with staff technicians ready to remedy mechanical problems and translate esoteric owners' manuals, and convenience stores that stock snacks for drivers and fuel to keep their vehicles humming along as happily as The Little Engine That Couldn't, But Still Stayed Optimistic.
Premier Car Wash's The Works full-service package ($24.95 at Forest Park, $26.95 at Arlington Heights) gives the most mobile member of the family a thorough scrub-down and sort-out. Both sides of each of the car's windows will be cleaned, while the vehicle's interior will see its dashboard, cup holders, console, and floor mats vacuumed, brushed, washed, and flossed as needed. Exterior-wise, the car's shell will receive a soft cloth wash and a fluffy towel dry, and Premier Car Wash's squad of horseless-carriage whisperers will apply brake-dust remover, paint conditioner, a clear coat sealant, and body gloss. Tires will be shined and rust inhibitor will be added to the car's undercarriage, with an air freshener leaving your car with minty-fresh breath.
The professional staff at Algonquin Auto Wash & Detail recaptures vehicles' lost beauty with the help of Meguiar's wax, paint buffers, and shampoo. Amongst a menu of wash packages are à la carte flourishes of Simoniz tire shines, Rain-X body shields, and clay-bar treatments, which add extra luster to vehicles' features. Technicians also perform engine details and paint restorations for rides that have accumulated dirt over the years or whose protective tarps followed their dreams to shield baseball diamonds during rain delays.
Fuller’s attends to the needs of grimy cars and their fresh-scrubbed owners with a wide range of cleaning, detailing, and maintenance services. Four-wheeled recipients of the full-service wash receive interior vacuuming, window cleaning, and towel-drying of the exterior to ensure each car shines as brightly as the day it emerged from its cocoon. Like throwing hot coffee on a coworker, changing your engine’s oil refreshes it and prepares it for a day of hard work, and a tire rotation entertains road donuts with a game of musical chairs in which everyone ends up a winner. With an ultimate protection detail package Fuller’s practiced staff will thoroughly shampoo interiors; bathe and cleanse exteriors with a soft cloth; wax surfaces and restore paint vibrancy; polish and eliminate every offending mote; and sing carols to revive your car’s holiday spirit. For all services, additional charges may apply for trucks, minivans, SUVs, and SUV-sized hamster wheels.
Tidal Wave Hand Car Wash’s meticulous technicians groom automobiles of all sizes with machineless, hand-powered baths. During each 15–20 minute standard wash, dexterous digits comb across cars’ outer shell, scrubbing away dirt, peeling away road grime, and decoding rebuses drawn onto dusty bumpers. Auto washers duck down to sanitize wheels and tidy up tires, and punctuate the exterior dirt purging with a gentle hand dry. Meanwhile, vacuum-brandishing techs inside the vehicle hunt for small debris or dirt particles on the carpeting and floor mats and pave trails of spotless surfaces across the dashboard and console. The service concludes with a clarifying window cleaning, helping drivers spot roadside hazards or entertain neighboring vehicles with middrive puppet shows. Tidal Wave Hand Car Wash is open from 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday, and is closed on Sunday.
Delta Sonic Car Wash renews tarnished transportation with an innovative touchless car-wash system that automatically guides vehicles through a tunnel of high-pressure sprays and overhead buffing cloths. The hands-free wash massages mild lotions into paint jobs, leaving vehicles with sparkling, fingerprint-free finishes that are backed by a five-day guarantee. Detailing technicians do get their hands dirty as they make use of more than 100 hours of training to dote on vehicle interiors and exteriors with products from ValuGard, Aquapel, and Blue Coral. The team wields AOCA certification know-how when injecting engines with oil and devising rustproofing treatments that avoid drilling holes or covering corrosion in zit cream.