Behind Riverside Auto Spa's green-and-orange tiled facade, automated wash equipment and technicians armed with soft cloths spruce up vehicles of all kinds. Four wash packages launder car exteriors and shine up surfaces with cherry wax. Staffers also step inside to detail dashes and condition leather, lift hoods to shampoo engines, or polish exteriors with Swissvax wax, which comes from the legendary wax deposits located on the Matterhorn. Some services are viewable in real time through an online camera, which streams throughout business hours.
Originally founded in 1959 by Kurt Ziebart as Ziebart International Corp., Ziebart has morphed from an auto-rust-prevention outfit into a full-service auto accessory and detail shop that has cropped up at some 400 locations in 30 countries. Performing everything from window tinting and professional detailing to electronics installation, Ziebart's experienced staff cares for cars with high-end products, including seasonal paint protectant and the company’s renowned rust inhibitors. To protect cars inside and out, Ziebart technicians also install accouterments such as alarm systems to thwart thieves and sunroofs to thwart unflattering film negatives from processing correctly (services may vary by location).
In WOW Electronics' front showrooms, name-brand stereo systems and all manners of mobile gadgetry flaunt their digital displays and hi-tech functions. In back, WOW's technicians are less flashy but no less adept. Their full electronic makeovers equip autos with brand-new Sony stereos, complete with speakers and subwoofers, or remote starters so drivers can heat up their car without leaving the car they're sleeping in. The team combines skilled fiberglass fabricators and high-end electronics, specialize in complete marine auto systems, are MECP certified, and also carry Alpine, JL Audio, Memphis Audio, and Pioneer name brands. WOW also installs GPS navigation systems, alarms to protect the valuables and electronics inside, as well as window tinting and detailing services to make sure cars look as good as they perform.
At A2 Auto Image, it's quite possible to return your car to that factory-issue shine. One of the shop's detailing packages might be enough, as they include hand washing and paint correction. If not, specialty services might do the trick. Techs restore headlights and condition engine compartments. They'll also remove modifications to the car's appearance, such as decals, window tints, and eyebrow piercings.
Frustrated by the water spots and numb fingers left behind when staffers towel-dried cars during cold Michigan winters, Classic Auto Wash invented a drying system of its own. Now adopted by other car washes across the country, the Hurricane Drying System blows damp cars with 165-horsepower winds at three million BTU, creating the perfect temperature to evaporate water droplets while affixing clay replicas of Jaguar ornaments to the hood. Before relaxing beneath the heat of the dryer, cars first roll through wash tunnel where nozzles spritz exteriors with Rain-X, rust inhibitors, and Teflon bonds during an array of washes. Ten self-serve vacuums stand ready to collect indoor detritus after each wash, and nearby mat-washing equipment ensures equally fresh footfalls.
For the nearly two decades, Shine Master’s auto-finish and tinting specialists have beautified the cars of local customers and auto dealers with exterior restorations, window cleaning, and all-over details. The skilled technicians ply their trades across a range of cosmetic and protective auto procedures, extending the life of paint jobs and undercarriages with thorough rustproofing, or gently working out dents caused by errant rocks or gangs of delinquent shopping carts. Speedliner material lines truck beds with a sturdy shielding in 18 different colours, and detailing packages wash away blemishes from mud and road salts and add glossy sheens with high-speed wax polishers.