Car after car slowly rolls past as automatic sprayers lather them up and rinse them down before a mist of Simoniz Hot Wax & Shine is applied. It’s from West Oaks Car Wash & Mobil1 Lube Express’ roomy waiting area that customers relax after having cars cleaned, which when performed regularly can maintain the luster of the car’s exterior. Applications of Simoniz products shield the car from UV rays and guard it from minor scratches, and rust inhibitors keep auto exteriors from decaying. Bolstering each car’s surface protection, the Rain-X Complete option also repels water during inclement weather or when parked inside backyard pools. Besides keeping cars cleaned inside and out, the team at West Oaks Car Wash & Mobil1 Lube Express also performs maintenance services such as oil changes and lubes.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
The computer-driven wash tunnel at Carisma Wash scours vehicles in four minutes or fewer, but that doesn't mean cutting corners. In fact, during the brief cycles, a parade of mild, wet, and grease-cutting soaps coat the body, tires, and windows of cars four times or as many as it takes to remove hitchhikers from the roof rack. Wheels covered with soft cloth gently scrub grime while passengers stay comfortably seated inside.
Washes range from the basic Touch It Up to The Ultimate, which encompasses everything from UV protectant to an undercarriage scrub. After an air dry, customers emerge and grab self-service vacuums to free interiors of crumbs and nephews who fell between the seats. Employees stand by their handiwork, granting patrons a free wash if they're not satisfied after their first spin.
A team of vehicle virtuosos performs repairs and upkeep on Jeep, Chrysler, and Dodge autos in River Oaks' professional dealership shop. During a standard oil change, certified mechanics will replace old, worn-out oil with up to 5 quarts of fresh-faced young fluid, straight from lubricant college and ready to take on the heat, dust, and incredible pressures of today's high-octane internal-combustion world. Synthetic oil is available for an additional charge. To help new oil adjust to its new job of safeguarding precious moving parts, gaskets, and various shafts, a fresh oil filter is included. After a rigorous 27-point auto inspection to ensure engines run smoothly and important parts are shipshape, the 20-minute chariot checkup is complete. River Oaks offers early and late pickup and drop-off to accommodate drivers' schedules and ensure cars aren’t late to parade-float practice.
The techs at Dream's & Bros Hand Car Wash lavish each ride with careful attention along with potent soaps and soft lambswool mitts. Each wash package includes a hand-drying, interior vacuuming, and a glass cleaning. The washes can be upgraded with add-ons such as a double dose of clear-coat conditioner, a wheel magic treatment, or rust protection.
In addition to wash packages, the techs at Dream's & Bros can also clean leather with saddle soap, scrub down vinyl convertible tops, and detail cars inside and out with waxes and dash dressing.
A complimentary shuttle can drop drivers off anywhere within a five-mile radius, or patrons can wait in the "office away from home"-style waiting room, which is stocked with business essentials such as coffee, wi-fi, fax machines, and novelty ties.
Your Wash-N-Wax ($50 for most cars; $60 for trucks, SUVs, and mini-vans; $70 and $75 for larger vehicles) consists of wax application by hand and a basic hand wash, during which skilled sparkling gurus examine your vehicle's hull for filthy smudges and road backwash. Great care is taken to eliminate any drag-creating buildup that might slow down your land-train and inhibit it from making jumps through time. For increased tread cred, your tires are treated with a generous coating of Armor All wheel protectant. The inside of the vehicle is vacuumed, the dash is lightly wiped, and windows are given a clarity that's traditionally found only through extensive meditation sessions on snow-capped mountaintops.
RSVP Hand Car Wash's seven styles of wash and detail packages revolve around technicians' elbow grease and attention to detail. In addition to lavishing exteriors with wax and protectants, staffers climb inside vehicles to shampoo and deodorize carpets, condition leather, and wipe out consoles during interior detail sessions. The shop also restores headlights and small dents, and details boats, yachts, and HMS Pinafores. Drivers are invited to wait onsite during detailing services—RSVP is open every day of the week until 9:00 p.m.—or hitch a ride back home from a staff member.