John Lamoreux first started tinkering with cars as a teenager after his mother, Dorothy, encouraged him to fix up her coworkers' vehicles. Almost 30 years later, John's passion for all things automotive has translated into The Auto & Tire Doctor, his three-acre, AAA-approved automotive-repair center and maintenance shop. John welcomes roadsters of all makes and models into his shop's 14 full-service bays, employing computerized diagnostic equipment and a staff of ASE-certified experts who specialize in Audis, Volkswagens, and Subarus. Handling a host of automotive services, The Auto & Tire Doctor also uses a computerized My Car tracking system to schedule appointments and track maintenance records. Customers can lounge in soft, plush couches as they wait and take in the race-centric décor of vintage gas pumps and an engine-block coffee table that runs on dog-eared copies of Car and Driver.
Terrible Herbst's staff cares for cars and the environment by swiping vehicular surfaces with eco-friendly Blue Coral products. During the ultimate full-service wash, vehicles are scoured inside and out over 20–25 minutes. Valets escort vehicles to the drive-thru tunnel, in which cars luxuriate in a bath of foam. A car caretaker then towel-dries its exterior and takes to the inside, wiping windows, dashboards, and consoles, and vacuuming dirt and Australopithecus-era crumbs from carpets. Wheels emerge from the treatment purged of dirt, and tires debut enameled in a protective dressing. The VIP express car wash with RainX cleanses cars in less than five minutes with a human-operated pre-scrub, then sends them through the underpass to bask in bubbles and a spot-free rinse.
While onboard, zone out to Sirius radio, treat mitts to a warm scented towel, or surf the Internet with complimentary WiFi. Blue Groundways also offers onboard bistro service (with fresh, non-frozen fare), pillows and blankets on hand, a climate-controlled cabin, and Starbucks brews. If you're of the legal age, a complimentary alcoholic beverage will find its way to your hand; if you aren't, then enjoy an equally complimentary soda. You can also lounge back in spacious seating and pass the time with Blockbuster movies.
The Wave Carwash grants sullied autos 24/7 access to their facility for mighty but gentle washing procedures. The self-serve bays empower visitors to liberate their cars from muck and gunk with a number of grime-fighting weapons ($2.25 for four minutes). The presoak loosens dirt, bugs, and construction horses that cars collect over time, and a spot-free rinse blasts away any lasting debris. For a polished shine, car owners can swaddle their vehicles in high-pressure wax and a tri-gloss solution that applies a coat of glossy renewal. With touchless automatic options that range from express ($4) to ultimate ($9), horse-less carriages whinny as robotic nozzles pamper their exteriors until they reach the chosen level of cleanliness. The soft-touch premium package treats automobiles with extra delicacy and includes a two-step hot-foam bath, soft-touch scrub, and vortex dry ($5–$10). To help maintain Mother Nature's receding hairline, The Wave also uses an environmentally friendly sand-filtration process.
Congeniality comes second only to cleanliness at Jimmy’s, where the owner is always on site and the employees are enthusiastic about spiffing up their customers’ rides. With Jimmy’s finest wash package, horseless carriages are treated to a five-step scrubbing that leaves them sparkling and confident. After a general sudsing of the exterior and an undercarriage rinse, the cars is treated to an application of triple-coat polish, full-body Rain-X protectant, and a tune-up of its bug-proof force field. The special wheel cleaner amps up tire twinkle, relieving wheels of their burden of road grime. Lest vehicle interiors become jealous of newly laved exteriors, Jimmy’s invites customers to use complimentary vacuums, window cleaner, and towels to put the finishing touches on their vehicular makeovers.