Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
With a gigantic blue bucket jutting from its roof, The Appleseed Express Carwash is nearly impossible to miss. Beneath this eye-grabbing centerpiece, automatic washing tunnels call upon energy-reducing frequency drives, recycled water, and environmentally friendly products and polishes to restore sullied exteriors to a like-new shine. In addition to their environmental promises, the washing crew also commits to its community by donating to the Kids in Need program and occasionally hosing down mailboxes.
Crystal Clear Mobile RV Detail Services specializes in sprucing up recreational vehicles at customers' locations. The crew tackles the broad surfaces of RVs and boats, polishing chrome and washing and waxing by hand. Inside rides, they steam-clean carpets and sanitize bathrooms in preparation for cross-country road trips or overseas expeditions to the new New World.
To make the chore of cleaning the car easier, Ultra Shine Auto Detail brings its mobile-detailing act on the road. Its services range from hand washes that use water-conserving, no-rinse cleaners to Ultra Fine details, which are capped off with a protecting application of a polymer-Teflon shield. Like a nice warm scarf wrapped around the car, this finish can fend off attacks from the elements. Other a la carte services include headlight restorations, window treatments, and interior shampoos and stylings.
In addition to sprucing up cars at multiple fixed locations, the professional cleaners at The Waterboys mobilize and deploy their service to homes, places of business, and virtually anywhere else. Inspired by water-saving car-wash techniques in Europe, the team brings along 2 gallons of premixed solution and hand sloughs exteriors, windshields, wheels, and interiors with microfiber towels imported from Great Britain. The special solution allows cars to rinse cleanly and attain the streak-free shine of an illuminated dress shoe, all while using less than 1 cup of water.
For 16 years, Prime Time Auto Care has kept vehicles looking dapper with in-house and on-location washing and detailing services. Technicians dole out attentive hand washes to sweep away streaks and smudges, with additional wax, clay-bar, and shampoo treatments available for cars that require more in-depth attention or a thank-you for resisting the urge to nap during long drives. The detailers also leave evidence of their grooming acumen on the spotless surfaces of commercial fleets.