Auto Spa Etc. hosts a talented crew with a knack for freeing vehicles of filth and grime, using elevated water pressure to de-soil street steeds during a full-service wash and dry topped off with Rain-X surface protectant. The touchless car wash and gas station at Auto Spa Etc. also team up with expert technicians to retool vehicles with meticulous detailing and maintenance services.
The presenters at the 2011 Hoodie Awards couldn’t hide their shock when, for the fourth year in a row, Showroom Shine Express Detailing took home the prize for Best Detail Shop, exclaiming, “They defend it every year!” The award was no surprise to the shop’s lengthy list of regulars, a loyal group that includes professional athletes, tons of locals, and the annual Ferrari calendar’s racy centerfold car. The staff sends rides from its lot to gleam in the sunshine, or it deploys its mobile detailing team to you. The meticulous detailing packages cover cars and SUVs from bottom to top as the team members scrub tires, shampoo carpets, wipe consoles, and wash and wax exteriors. They can also tint windows, repair windshields, and clear out foggy headlights.
Local highways, driveways, and parking lots teem with sparkling cars thanks in part to Country Club Express Car Wash's 20-plus years of automotive grooming. The touchless wash systems and detailers dole out doses of products seven days a week, catering to cars whose conditions range from "in need of a quick rinse," to "coated in ostrich feathers and silly string." Country Club's unlimited wash clubs allow motorists to sanitize their cars as often as they see fit, and the wash stations at each facility are flanked by a Mobil On the Run. For cars that need a little more TLC, motorists can steer into one of the two full-service stations.
So established is Circle K Midwest that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.
Auto Spa's top-of-the-line speedy Lustra wash ($12) pampers the most mobile member of your family with an exterior wash it will never forget. Send your reeking roadster or soiled sedan into the conveyorized express tunnel, where it will have its surface scrubbed and hubcaps rubbed into a sublime state of shininess. Soft-cloth cleansing mechanisms, meanwhile, wash your horseless carriage's delicate underbelly and behind-the-ear areas. Auto Spa will also solemnly remove any insects that have met their untimely end upon the war-torn windshield, notify their loved ones, and give them a proper burial. A Lustra surface gloss will then be lovingly applied to your auto-wagon's surface, coating it with iridescent brighteners and ultraviolet protection. The wash is concluded when the sopping vehicle is turbo-dried, smacked on the bottom, and effectively reborn into automotive existence.
Since 1988, Auto Care Super Saver has been helping car owners save cash with maintenance punch cards redeemable at local auto shops throughout the course of a full year. These cards come loaded with all kinds of prepaid services, including at least three full-service oil changes with up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a new filter. Depending on the location, punch cards may also feature tire rotations, brake inspections, engine-light readings, air-conditioning performance tests, and other repairs and inspections essential to a car's well-being. Customers can transfer the punch card's benefits to any ride, ranging from station wagons to sports cars to feral merry-go-round mounts.