The phrase "the devil's in the details" was coined by Henry Ford, who famously captured the devil by sucking him out of a Model T's tailpipe with a vacuum cleaner. Exorcise grime with today's Groupon: for $99, you get a full car detail at Waxworks in Long Beach (a $199 value). Groupon purchasers may upgrade to an SUV detailing for an additional $25 (a $299 value).
Waxworks' squad of perfectionists restores vehicles to their youthful luster with attentive detailing services. The clay-wash detail frees each vehicle's outer and inner surfaces of hitchhiking dirt with myriad treatments. The process begins with a complete hand scrubbing, followed by a rubdown with a detailing clay bar, which lifts away stubborn contaminants and oxidation from the paint surface with the power of a thousand smashed vases. Window transparency is enhanced with cleansing, and wheels are cleaned and dressed with impeccable flair. An acrylic sealant acts as a bulwark against encroaching dirt, as bindle-wielding grease colonies are shooed away from windows and out of doorjambs. The technicians vacuum the entire interior and clean carpets and mats with high air pressure. The entire process takes 1.5–2.5 hours depending on the size, condition, and diplomatic skills of the vehicle.