Blossoming from the original Pennywise, established in 1969, Expresso Car Wash now shoos dirt form begrimed automobiles at six convenient lube-and-detail facilities. Upholding a focus on swift service, mechanics perform quick 10-minute oil changes, towel off 12-minute full details, and scrub cloths on their eight-minute abs. As environmental stewards, the detailing staff carts off all used water to a water-treatment facility and uses fewer chemicals than home washings tend to.
Each vehicle's aesthetic and under-the-hood beauty gets continual boosts with additional services, including air-conditioner and timing-belt repair and transmission flushes. When they are not pampering autos, the Expresso staff lends philanthropic support to nonprofits, including local schools, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and teenage cars saving up for a new driver.
On March 4th, 1902, Chicago hosted a meeting of like-minded futurists. They represented nine different automobile clubs that had recently formed as vehicles started hitting the roads across the nation. They came together at the summit to form a national motoring organization, and the result of their efforts became known as the AAA. Today, AAA takes the attendant hassle out of driving with roadside assistance, insurance, vehicle maintenance, and travel guides for the entire country.
AAA Northwest Ohio Car Care Plus focuses specifically on tuning up and repairing vehicles from three company-owned facilities scattered across Toledo. At each location, skilled techs wield the latest equipment to perform everything from simple oil swaps to full-service mechanical and electrical repairs and upgrades, such as teaching cars not to shut off in panic whenever they hear lightning.
Destinations Unlimited owns two vehicles, and one of them is on fire. Its Fire and Ice limo bus at least appears to be from afar, with a hull slathered in fiery decals. This eye-catching exterior complements a muted interior, whose low purple lighting falls on cushy black seats and a dancing pole that passengers can brace while putting both legs in during the hokey pokey. The service’s smaller White Lightning party bus encloses a scaled-down but similar interior in a classic white exterior. Both vehicles cater to all manner of special occasions, hosting festivities around the clock for prom groups, bachelorette parties, and birthday celebrations alike.
Russ' Auto Wash implements the tools acquired from its 60 years in the car-cleaning trade to groom dirty cars inside automated tunnels of tidiness. After the attentive staff gives them a welcoming pat on the hood, cars pull forward for an exterior wash, which strips away dirt and grime.
At Tuffy's, motor-vehicle caregivers spruce up patrons' horseless carriages and prepare them for a new season of dutiful service. After installing a new oil filter, auto artisans remove the old sludgy glop clogging the car's arterial system and replace it with up to 5 quarts of Valvoline 5W-30 or 5W-20 conventional motor oil (a $26.99 value, diesel or synthetic oil costs extra). The staff will also rotate tires to prepare four-wheeled wonders for safe gliding (a $12 value) and make sure air-conditioning systems function properly to bring you to the brink of coolness faster than Fonzie’s leather jacket ($9.99) . Finally, a pair of fresh wiper blades (up to 22")—grown locally by organic-blade farmers—supplants worn-out window-rubbers ($22) and a specialist conducts an extensive 41-point maintenance inspection.
A car's appearance is part of its value, and it deserves as much care as the parts that rev and chug and pump. At White Water Car & Van Wash, staffers protect that investment with professional wash and detail services. They take pride in their work, just as they know car owners take pride in their autos. That work could include regularly scheduled washes just to keep exteriors pristine, or full details with interior vacuuming and dusting, exterior washing and waxing, and extras such as Turtle Wax and Rain-X applications.