Driving a shiny car is a great way to experience luxurious transportation without the hassle of chartering a yacht or riding a peacock to work. Transform regular vehicles into ritzy rides with today's Groupon: for $20, you get three signature car washes at Southland Auto Wash (a $41.97 value). This Groupon is valid at locations at 1325 Leonard St. NW (Grand Rapids), 1000 28th St. SE (Grand Rapids), 2730 28th St. SE (Grand Rapids), 3755 Alpine NW (Comstock Park), and 1259 28th St. SW (Wyoming).
Southland Car Wash's meticulous attention to sanitizing and grooming cars, along with its commitment to water conservation, has earned it a nod as Grand Rapids Magazine's Best Car Wash. During each Express Signature wash, foam brushes and high-pressure water punt particles and less-effective brushes off the car's surface, as Wheel Magic and Tire Blaze deftly groom the car's rubbery feet. Then, a trio of polish wax, clear-coat protectant, and sealer wax clings to the finish as tightly as a rhinoceros beetle clutching its freshly slaughtered hot dog.
Customers may upgrade to a full-service wash for an extra $5 fee at the location at 1259 28th St. SW in Wyoming.
Southland Auto Wash
A testament to their meticulousness, the auto experts at Southland Auto Wash spent a decade developing their signature tire protectant and polish, Tire Blaze. Though they'd tried Armor All or angrily shouting at tires to scare grime away, they envisioned a mechanically applied tire dressing that would function something like hand cream. With the help of Qual Chem, they finally cracked the code. After a treatment, tires look newer, with a glossy, almost wet appearance and a deep-black hue. They also resist rubber breakdown, cracking, and damage from road detritus.
Tire Blaze is only one service at Southland Auto Wash's five locations, but its history reflects the company's devoted attention to detail and insistence on top-shelf car care. These values, along with the wash's extensive water-conservation projects, earned the sudsatorium a nod as Grand Rapids Magazine's Best Car Wash. This should come as no surprise since the family-owned company—now in its third generation of car washers—has been detailing cars on increasingly advanced automated lines since 1950.