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.
From mud streaks on the exterior to dust particles in the air vents, the technicians at Fremont Auto Detail remove automotive dirt in all its manifestations. They kick off each detailing session with a thorough hand wash; after that it depends on the car and the driver. Customers who have been off-roading can treat their rides to an exterior detail, during which technicians buff, wax, and dress the car until its paint is as reflective as a sixth-year philosophy major. Family vehicles used for carpooling might respond better to an interior detail with an upholstery shampoo and odor-removal treatment. On the other hand, the full-detail packages benefit cars no matter where they’ve been or who they’ve transported, incorporating more than a dozen different steps to help them look like new.
Rain is a constant companion in the Pacific Northwest, making the land lusciously green while leaving homes speckled with muddy spots and streaks. Suite Detail corrects this aquatic assault through powerful and preventative cleaning treatments. Technicians power wash away exterior mold and mildew using pure D-Limonene orange-peel solvent, and venture vertically to free gutters from pent-up gunk. The mobile cleaning company also extends its cleanses to grimy autos, sending crews to home or work to revitalize cars with hand washes, waxes, and gentle interior treatments.
Mutual Detail has spruced up Seattle rides since 1998. An array of interior and exterior wash and detail packages treat cars to hand washes, chamois drying, vacuums, and luxe add-ons such as waxes, tire dressing, and polish, which, depending on cars’ paint color, is applied by hand, machine, or telekinesis. In addition to its detailing packages, Mutual Detail also offers a la carte services such as wheel polishing, engine steam cleaning, and leather conditioning. They also use Optima Steam Clean Technology: an eco-friendly system that eschews chemicals and only needs 1.5–2.5 gallons of water to clean, sanitize, and deodorize cars.