The car was invented to get commuters directly from Point A to Point B, which made life easier but destroyed the once-thriving tourism industry of Point C. Visit all points on the map with today's Groupon: for $69, you get an interior-and-exterior detail and headlight restoration at ADS Mobile in San Bruno (a $185 value).
During a meticulous two-hour detailing service, the technicians at ADS Mobile run cars through a two-step exterior wash-and-wax process, which combats bugs, tar, and the residue from broken speed limits with hand applications of plastic conditioners, rim cleaners, and carnauba wax. Detailers also take time to clarify glass from inside and out and storm the interior by vacuum. Finally, they’ll wipe down dashes, consoles, and doors until the core of the car is more sanitary than the center of the earth.
Using a 3M-brand restoration process, ADS Mobile’s technicians touch up faded headlights to increase their night-piercing powers. The restoration includes a lifetime warranty should the headlights become dim, clouded, or infected with cataracts. To pass the time, customers can flag down the shop’s free shuttle for a ride to The Shops at Tanforan or the nearby BART station.
ADS Mobile's 20 years in the business have taught the company that more is more. Every car that the company's mobile team of techs services receives a wash, a tire dressing, and a rim, glass, and well cleaning—no matter what service the auto came in for. Those services cover a broad range of aesthetic improvements including paint-job touchups to cover minor dings and scrapes and window tinting to help retired coal miners to adjust to life in full sun. Of course, an extensive repertoire of wash and detailing packages dominates the company's menu of services, including more exotic procedures such as the wet-sand treatment, which restores badly damaged paint to a fresh-from-the-showroom gleam.