Espresso. Complimentary WiFi. Flat-screen TV. If not for its name, Jupiter Inlet Car Wash might seem more like an upscale coffeehouse than a car wash. Yet a deep delve into the environmentally conscious station reveals water-saving systems that reclaim rainwater, green soaps and chemicals, and 100% recycled paper products working together to restore vehicles to their showroom shine. The shop bundles their extensive wash and detail services into convenient packages, and offers a range of à la carte treatments, including paintless dent removal and headlight restoration.
While cars enjoy their baths, drivers can retreat to the comfortable indoor and outdoor seating areas and recharge with a free cappuccino or chai tea from the espresso bar. Bright-green walls and sleek wooden floors line the onsite Island Boutique, where pristine white shelves and marble countertops host a range of items, from clothing and handbags to home accessories and hand-painted watercolors of maps and mechanic pinups by artist William Johnson Jr.
The skilled technicians at All European Auto Repair keep cars running smoothly with a menu of maintenance and repair services. The team drains sullied oil for fresh quarts of conventional or synthetic fluids and swaps out dingy filters. Regular tire rotations ensure even tread wear across all four rubber rollers, and brake checks keep rides from blowing through red lights or missing chances to stop for the ice-cream truck. Aside from maintaining cars, the All European crew also restores shine with sudsy washes.
Many young men follow in their father's footsteps, including Paradise Tire & Service’s mechanic Anthony. Inspired by his father Joe—an industry vet with nearly 50 years under his belt—Anthony became a mechanic himself. Now, with a seasoned service manager overseeing the garage and another ASE-certified mechanic on staff, the father-son duo repairs rides and maintains them with services such as oil changes, brake inspections, computerized engine analyses, and tire rotations. As the team works, guests can use the shop’s loaner cars, which, at midnight, turn back into pumpkins until the next mechanical service is needed.
Road-weary cars emerge from CarPro Auto Spa of Stuart's full-service washes glowing and bereft of grime. During the Long Board car wash, cleaning agents lather atop exteriors while upward blasts of high-pressure water unravel underbody gunk, wheels and tires relinquish pre-chewed asphalt, and a power vacuum untangles birds’ nests made of old cassette tape. The Perfect Wave wash extends the suite of services with luster-blooming triple-shine protectants and clear-coat sealants before techs armor metals against oxidation with rust inhibitors and wipe down the dash and console. During the Big Kahuna wash, techs dress the interior, scrub jambs and cup holders, and apply weather-guard water repellents that repel precipitation or artillery from long-distance snowball fights.