Tidal Wave Hand Car Wash’s meticulous technicians groom automobiles of all sizes with machineless, hand-powered baths. During each 15–20 minute standard wash, dexterous digits comb across cars’ outer shell, scrubbing away dirt, peeling away road grime, and decoding rebuses drawn onto dusty bumpers. Auto washers duck down to sanitize wheels and tidy up tires, and punctuate the exterior dirt purging with a gentle hand dry. Meanwhile, vacuum-brandishing techs inside the vehicle hunt for small debris or dirt particles on the carpeting and floor mats and pave trails of spotless surfaces across the dashboard and console. The service concludes with a clarifying window cleaning, helping drivers spot roadside hazards or entertain neighboring vehicles with middrive puppet shows. Tidal Wave Hand Car Wash is open from 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday, and is closed on Sunday.
Road-weary wagons shed salt and grime while adding protective finishes as they pass through Palos Auto Spa’s automatic wash. Before the car wash welcomes tired trucks and cars with a soft, soapy embrace, it offers them a kindhearted presoak conditioner ($12.75). Then, a high-pressure wash dismisses lingering road residue from the exterior, Armor All Body Shied coats your car in a bulletproof sheen, and an undercarriage wash and wheel-blaster treatment expel dirt and dust before they metamorphose into rust. A tire dressing with included rim scrubbing ($3), VisionClear window protectant, tri-foam polish, hand-towel try and new air freshener round out the package.
The professional staff at Algonquin Auto Wash & Detail recaptures vehicles' lost beauty with the help of Meguiar's wax, paint buffers, and shampoo. Amongst a menu of wash packages are à la carte flourishes of Simoniz tire shines, Rain-X body shields, and clay-bar treatments, which add extra luster to vehicles' features. Technicians also perform engine details and paint restorations for rides that have accumulated dirt over the years or whose protective tarps followed their dreams to shield baseball diamonds during rain delays.
One day in 1946, Bob Fuller returned home from military service to resume civilian life. By the time the sun had set, he was a business owner. The original location of Fuller's Carwash & Detail Centers, which he claimed with a handshake and a hip twist on that day more than 60 years ago, now serves as the flagship shop, the anchor for a business that has branched out to 11 more locations. Seven days a week, washers lavish cars with soap and special treatment, and detailing services help cars to rediscover their showroom shines. Some locations offer lube and auto centers, with staff technicians ready to remedy mechanical problems and translate esoteric owners' manuals, and convenience stores that stock snacks for drivers and fuel to keep their vehicles humming along as happily as The Little Engine That Couldn't, But Still Stayed Optimistic.