Some drivers might only be concerned about the bugs on the windshield, not realizing that the ones clinging to the front bumper can eat through the clear coat. At Lulu’s Car Wash, the crew understand this and use it to remind their customers of the importance of regular washes. Vehicles can run through their high-tech wash tunnel in just three minutes. As drivers pull up to the tunnel’s entrance beneath the smiling-car logo, they can choose treatments that coat auto bodies with UV protectant and iridescent shine. Patrons can also attend to the insides of their rides: the staff performs interior detailing, and the lot is equipped with free vacuums.
With participating locations nationwide, Auto Care Special lets customers reach out to their local garages for a grab bag of free and discounted maintenance services. Cards may be redeemed for multiple vehicles over the course of one year for services such as oil changes, safety inspections, and engine-light diagnoses. Those who move or create alter-egos over the course of the year can scan the locations page for participating garages in their new cities of residence to receive a complimentary maintenance bundle.
Yellow and blue signage near the parking lots of shopping malls, offices, and entertainment centers indicates the presence of ProntoWash Eco AutoSpa, a car wash and detailing powerhouse that boasts more than 350 operations worldwide. Its business model revolves around accessibility—ProntoWash sets up shop where cars already are, saving drivers time and preserving all the gas and corn dogs that engines would have otherwise consumed during a trip to a traditional car wash. Helming special yellow Washing Karts, the company's technicians use biodegradable detergent and about a pint of low-pressure water to render each car clean. They also care for cars by vacuuming carpets, restoring headlights, stuffing multivitamins inside ailing glove compartments, and making arrangements to hit the road with their mobile car-wash service.
The trained technicians at Heaven's Touch Auto Detailing expertly degrime autos with hand-washing, hand-waxing, and detailing services. During each deluxe car wash, human hands coax dirt and filth from the frame, scrub the windows, and steer a vacuum through interior debris fields and mismatched puzzle pieces. An application of conditioner helps preserve interior suppleness, and silicone tire dressing brings out wheels' inner luster. A wax treatment tops off the auto bath, with sprayed solutions gilding the frame and a hand wax buffing in shine with the help of elbow-grease-powered oomph. Techs whip cabins into tiptop shape during the interior detail as they inoculate the upholstery, trunk, and headliners with sanitizing shampoos. The exterior detail targets moldings with a deft hand that spruces up the shell and peels tar off the body, and the full detail lures an inward and outward glow from the car with an amassment of the above services combined into a cumulative cleaning package.