Soap, wax, and vacuums fly into action at Fred’s Car Wash, tackling the layers of grime and salt that cling to cars and trucks. Fred’s has been fighting the battle against dirt for more than three decades, watching as the jalopies of yore gave way to the hovercrafts of today, which the car wash’s experts pamper with four levels of express or full washes. This range of services lets clients decide whether their autos need a basic showering and hand drying, or if they could benefit from coats of foam protectant and Rain-X products. The car wash’s technicians also perform detail services, rejuvenating vehicular interiors with leather cleaner and vacuums or shining hulls with paste wax until hoods reflect the clouds and pterodactyls soaring above them.
Crowley's crew of factory-certified technicians tend to vehicles of every make, model, and color. Parched engines can quench their thirst with a fresh batch of up to 5 quarts of oil and a new oil filter ($36.95+). To further optimize performance, a fresh engine air filter prevents unfriendly particles of dust, bugs, and vaporized roadblocks from bringing your car to an unexpected stop ($24+). Falling rain and rocks have little hope of obscuring a driver's vision after the installation of a new set of front wiper blades ($28+) and wheel alignment services restore a graceful vehicular gait, ensuring that the driver never has to touch the steering wheel again ($89.95+).
Modern Tire & Auto Service, which topped the 2010 reader's polls at the Hartford Advocate and Hartford Magazine, speedily lubricates cranky car engines. In about 30 minutes (time varies by vehicle and height of the sun), the experts at Modern Tire & Auto Service can replace dirty oil and filters and grease a car's crucial moving parts. No appointment is necessary, as Modern Tire's locations are equipped to provide drive-thru service, where the driver can keep driving as mechanics attach themselves to the car with climbing rope in order to perform the service.
Richard Chevrolet’s factory-trained technicians care for vehicles of all makes and models. Essential for keeping engines from fusing into a solid, cherry-red block of metal, the half-hour procedure drains away the old, impurity-laden oil and extracts the nefariously filthy used filter. Following installation of a new oil filter, technicians infuse the engine with up to five quarts of standard, diplomatic lubricant, keeping internal engine parts from wearing each other out with friction and constant bickering. Additional charges apply for additional quarts and synthetic oil. A complimentary multipoint inspection helps keep cars up to code and includes a top-off for any of the various system fluids running low, a lubing of hinges, chassis, and suspension, and a Hot Wheels lollipop for vehicles that behaved themselves during service.
When performing one of their signature detailing services, the technicians at Top Class Auto Detailing analyze the vehicle’s showroom specification, from the definition of the panels to the hand lettering of the “FOR SALE” sign. This attention to details is what allows them to return vehicles to their owners in close-to-new condition. The staff is versed in work with vehicles of all sizes, from motorcycles to oversized vans and SUVs.