The team at Johnson's Car Wash, Inc. has been helping autos go from sullied to sparkling for more than 40 years. After flushing dirt and debris from car exteriors, they dry each freshly bathed ride by hand, before buffing in conditioners and protectants such as Armor All, and cleaning the inside and outside of windows to save drivers the expense of installing a periscope.
Cars leave Parkway Auto Wash & Detail Center shinier and with a great deal more swagger than when they entered. That's thanks to the professional-grade soaps and waxes, yes, but it owes just as much to the staff's agile hands and attentive eyes. Parkway's wash tunnel clears away dirt and grime, leaving each car looking as clean as it did when it first rolled off the assembly line. Complete detailing treatments are even more advanced and aggressive, as detailing technicians carefully steam clean interiors as well as buff and shine exteriors to showroom quality.
When Car Tunes was founded 37 years ago, the bulk of its customers were looking for car stereos that would play "Stairway to Heaven" louder and clearer. Since then, both music and the way we listen to it have changed, but owner Mark Constantakis has kept apace with the advances, which is apparent in the many awards the company has won over the years. These days, it's all about digital sound and video, or iPod integrations and Bluetooth?a long way from cassettes or keeping a pillow for the folk singer in your backseat. Car Tunes carries a wide inventory of such gadgetry, and its staff of MECP-certified technicians is on hand for custom installations. Here you'll find stereos, speakers, and subwoofers from brands such as Alpine, Pioneer, and Arc Audio. And in addition to sound systems, they have installed more than 50,000 remote starters. They also sell and install GPS navigation systems and window tints.
Complete Auto Care, where ASE-certified technicians tend to busted rides and invite interested drivers to attend free Car Care Academies. A respect for the environment seasons each of the company's repair and maintenance services. Take the EcoPower oil change, for example, an option in Portland, Oregon shops that boasts recycled, twice-refined engine oil mixed with the distilled rage of Mother Nature.
Since its first facility hit the streets in 1926, Firestone has expanded to 2,200 locations nationwide, all of which offer the same service warranty options and stand as red-and-blue beacons to remind us that community programs such as Driver's Edge and Meals On Wheels deserve to be sponsored. Auto care wouldn't be complete without tires, and Firestone has plenty of those to offer, including Bridgestone run-flats that fend off the effects of a flat tire for 50 miles.
Originally founded in 1959 by Kurt Ziebart as Ziebart International Corp., Ziebart has morphed from an auto-rust-prevention outfit into a full-service auto accessory and detail shop that has cropped up at some 400 locations in 30 countries. Performing everything from window tinting and professional detailing to electronics installation, Ziebart's experienced staff cares for cars with high-end products, including seasonal paint protectant and the company’s renowned rust inhibitors. To protect cars inside and out, Ziebart technicians also install accouterments such as alarm systems to thwart thieves and sunroofs to thwart unflattering film negatives from processing correctly (services may vary by location).