Going to a car wash is safer than using white-out on windshield smudges or parallel parking between two waterfalls. Spray it safe with today's Groupon: for $20, you get three The Works car washes at Mike's Carwash's locations in Kokomo, Lafayette, or Terre Haute, as well as its 20 Indianapolis locations (a $45 value).
Mike's Carwash's brushless, computer-controlled power sprays and soft cloths unfasten road-sown grime from cars, SUVs, pickups, mini-vans, and full-sized vans up to 83 inches. To kick off The Works, a friendly necktied employee prewashes motorcars with a hand-delivered power wash. Next, automated clean machines lather auto skin with Mike's signature formulation of eight soaps, and heated pressurized water pummels the car in the vehicular equivalent of Zeus spitting strawfuls of ambrosia at mortals. The computer detects white wheel walls for scrubbing, wire wheels for pressure spraying, or chrome wheels for buffing. A rust inhibitor coats the freshly-washed underbody, and a silicon-based, no-wax clear coat protectant shields cars from future treks across gazpacho fields. Dryers finish the job by hurling heated cyclones toward the vehicle to eviscerate remaining moisture.
Started in 1948 and family-owned-and-operated out of Indianapolis, Mike's Carwash shows it is not just another punk carwash packing a power washer by committing to environmentally-friendly standards and by earning honors from the Wall Street Journal as a top small workplace in 2009.
When Mike's Carwash first opened in 1948, it was one of only 18 carwash businesses in the United States. Today, the family-owned establishment keeps the 65-year-old tradition of gussying up automobiles alive at 42 locations throughout the Midwest. At each location, accommodating staffers stand by to assist customers during the cleaning process. Decked out in cartoon neckties, the cheerful team ushers cars into computer-controlled washers that eschew traditional gear-operated brushes and baseball bats in favor of controlled sprays and soft cloths. After the mixture of eight signature soaps de-grimes surfaces, 200-miles-per-hour gusts of hot air dry vehicles instantly. Mike's also offers specialty coats to give car exteriors and tires additional shine.