The techs at Eco Detailing Services refuse to clean cars with water. Instead, they use a waterless concoction that contains plant-based surfactants that oust grime and polymers that protect paint jobs from environmental assailants. They use this solution whenever they clean vehicles—whether cars, trucks, motorcycles, or tame dragons. While detailing, they also draw on a range of earth-friendly products with natural, nontoxic ingredients that are safe for kids and pets. When they aren't sponging and drying autos by hand, they work with local nonprofits and the American Red Cross.
A ground-to-glass facility, Maine Distilleries controls every step of its small-batch production to create award-winning vodkas and gin. The process starts on a farm in Fryeburg, where the business grows its own Maine potatoes. Eventually, those potatoes are combined with water sourced from the Cold River, and after three rounds of distillation, the final, gluten-free product lands inside hand-numbered bottles. Maine Distilleries' spirits are available in 26 states, and its highly detailed process has even been featured on the History Channel.
Unlike most people, Shane Billington sees shattered glass as a stroke of luck. That’s because the auto specialist knows how to affix any gaping windows or busted side mirrors with a new pane that will ensure the structural integrity of each vehicle. He travels to customers to perform full window and windshield replacements or to patch up chips and cracks with high-quality resin that dries clear and won’t obstruct driver visibility like mending windows with paper-mâché will.
At more than a dozen locations throughout the northeast, ScrubaDub Auto Wash Centers' computerized wash tunnels and detailing pros spiff up cars with advanced technology and minimal environmental impact. The robotic wash systems and photoelectric sensors not only clean finishes with a gentle, soft-cloth technique, but they can target white walls, wheels, and chrome with site-specific formulas. The eco-savvy automated systems also consume less water than home washing and recycle the water used to clean the wheels and undercarriage. Biodegradable SuperGlo soap keeps the run-off free of harmful compounds before it is funneled down the proper treatment channels, where it can't pollute neighborhood storm drains or be used to test the resiliency of carnival goldfish.
The centers' innovative equipment and Earth-friendly practices have earned them the title of Best Car Wash from CityVoter for three years running. Some locations also boast separate interior cleaning bays to address filthy dashboards and seats.
The family of technicians at New England Imports has been tightening bolts and tinkering with engines since 1982. An oil change swaps out tired oil for a fresh supply, helping to keep parts moving smoothly and human-auto diplomacy intact. The shop's horseless-carriage vets then take vitals to ensure vehicles' overall health and fitness, examining tires, brakes, and shocks to ensure jolt-free starts and stops. A look at ball joints makes for more smoothly executed turns, and an exhaust-system check reveals signs of smoking or other forms of adolescent rebellion. After flickering lights, waving wipers, and inspecting belts for elasticity, durability, and proper coordination with hubcaps, the team gives coolant levels and filters a glance and certifies four-wheeled companions ready to hit the road.
At Commercial Street Auto Care, automotive experts tackle any and every job—from window washing to lumberjacking—with such precision and attention that the company has begun calling itself “obsessive.” Using professional products by Pro and Malco, the shop’s detailing crew diligently tackles all vehicular dirt and grime with basic exterior washes and full-service professional detailing, complete with hand waxes, tire dressing, and interior conditioning. Aside from restoring shine to sullied rides, Commercial Street’s technicians peek under the hood and slide beneath the underbody to maintain and repair all systems, from swapping tires to servicing transmissions. They also vend and install professional window tints by Solar Guard, Suntech, and Madico to block UV rays from damaging the interior and thwart excessive heat from boiling Big Gulps.