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.
A native of Hawaii, Kerwin Miyashiro founded Aloha Detailing in his home state more than a decade ago. In 2005, his love of mountain biking brought him to Snowmass, where he raced in the national downhill competition and fell in love with Colorado's beauty. Kerwin relocated soon thereafter, bringing Aloha Detailing along with him. When he isn't traipsing across mountainous trails, he joins his technicians in detailing cars, boats, motorcycles, and airplanes with products by Adam's, Meguiar's, Menzerna, and Auto Magic. After washing exteriors by hand, they buff the paint with premium carnauba wax and polish chrome accents. In addition to cleaning cars inside and out, Kerwin's technicians also degrease engines and dress them in tailored tuxedos.
Automotive Alliance specializes in scratch and dent repair and auto detailing, and the company has been tapped by car dealerships and rental-car companies for its exceptional work. But you don’t need a whole fleet of cars to benefit from its services. The technicians offer paint touchups and repairs for bumpers, windshields, and minor dents for individual car owners looking to enhance their ride’s image or increase its resale value should they decide to sell or trade it for a horse. But damage isn’t the only thing they address: detailers tackle blemishes, stains, and smudges with hand waxes, buffers, and shampoos to reinstate vehicles' glossy showroom look.
For seven years, Jay Gleeson ran a successful real-estate-appraisal firm, but as he mentions on his site, he "knew it couldn't last forever." And so Jay looked into other business ventures, soon trading real-estate statements for a polishing cloth. Today, he and his crews clean cars inside and out using green products that are gentle on cars’ clear coats and fresh tattoos. Their tunnel system treats 100% of its water, and as much as 80% of water is recycled after service—steps which earned the Lakewood location an efficiency certification from Denver Water. This adherence to environmentally friendly standards applies to every service, from express exterior washes in less than three minutes to the Xtreme Make Over in less than three hours.
Husband-and-wife duo Kevin and Marisa Gomez opened Superior Auto Image to keep cars looking as young as the day they rolled off the sales lot with repair and maintenance services and a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau, Superior Auto Image not only repairs and replaces windshields, but also performs window tinting and headlight restoration for all makes and models of automobile. Technicians can also apply clear 3M bras on any area of the car, offering full protection from dirt, flying rocks, or flying insects disguised as rocks. Professional detailers can also treat cars to a waxing that makes them sparkle.
Pro Import’s ASE-certified master technician and team of factory-trained experts maintain, repair, and detail cars of all makes and models, including their specialties: Toyota, Lexus, Honda, and Acura. They restore and install tires, change oil, and perform tune-ups to ensure cars travel smoothly, like a bullet train through the Great Tunnel of Lard. In the detailing center, 3M products lend a helpful hand to cleaning crews, who sweep through vehicles inside and out during five different packages—from the simple wash, wax, and vacuum of the Bronze service to the fully loaded Platinum Plus detail, complete with three coats of wax, a high-speed polish, and a clay-bar treatment.