Those who happen to amble by Tamarco Drive at, say, 2:15 in the morning, might hear something they wouldn’t expect—sounds of swishing water, the sudden vroom of a vacuum cleaner, and muffled voices. Night owls can rest easy though, because the sounds are just coming from DTI Professional Auto Detail’s garage, where skillful technicians work morning and night, 24 hours per day every Monday through Thursday, to clean cars, trucks, and SUVs.
Customers can swing by the shop at their convenience and drop off their cars for one of three detailing packages that include everything from full interior vacuuming and steam cleaning to exterior hand washes and bug and tar removal. The shop also gives customers the chance to purchase à la carte services, such as claying to remove contaminants from paint and odor removal to clear out the smell of the family dog or a cat that forgot to shower. Aside from sprucing up rides, the DTI team also adds customized pinstripes to paint and carefully removes tinted film without damaging the defroster or antenna lines.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Centers’ mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
Underwater World Scuba Center offers scuba-diving courses that take students from the shallows of a heated indoor swimming pool at its dive shop to the depths of the ocean in faraway places such as Fiji and the Cayman Islands. Open-water certification classes cover breathing techniques and safety regulations for beginners, whereas advanced certification courses give pupils enough skills to explore the depths as a master diver or marine-life photographer. The center's trainers also provide guidance to customers who are purchasing equipment, service and repair gear, and organize scuba trips to exotic locations.
When Mike's Carwash first opened in 1948, it was one of only 18 carwash businesses in the United States. Today, the family-owned establishment keeps the 65-year-old tradition of gussying up automobiles alive at 42 locations throughout the Midwest. At each location, accommodating staffers stand by to assist customers during the cleaning process. Decked out in cartoon neckties, the cheerful team ushers cars into computer-controlled washers that eschew traditional gear-operated brushes and baseball bats in favor of controlled sprays and soft cloths. After the mixture of eight signature soaps de-grimes surfaces, 200-miles-per-hour gusts of hot air dry vehicles instantly. Mike's also offers specialty coats to give car exteriors and tires additional shine.