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.
Martin's Auto Detailing has spruced up cars in its Tigard shop for more than a decade. During detailing sessions, technicians lavish rides with suds and soft cloths before treating paint to hand or machine-applied polish. After performing exterior services, which may also include dent and windshield repair, they step inside the vehicle to shampoo carpets and wipe down panels. Beyond cars and SUV's, Martin's staffers also service motorcycles, RV's, boats, and pimped out Radio Fliers.
The folks at Midnight Motors believe that cars are different from one another and need to be treated as such. That's why the professional detailers stock more than a dozen specialty cleaners, dressings, and polishes, and carefully pick and choose from the potpourri of products based on each car's condition. Solutions such as Diamond Shine Plus paint sealant?which is formulated from 26 ingredients?bonds to the paint's surface and gives it long-lasting protection from fading and oxidation. On the interior, detailers can comb through carpets and upholstery with heated soil extractors, which infuse every fiber with shampoo and deodorizers. Custom detailing packages add weight to the company's automotive-individuality philosophy by allowing motorists to put together a series of treatments?including buffing, waxing, and engine detailing?that meet the specific needs and allergies of their own prized vehicle.
Highline Customs' red Mustang embodies everything the shop’s certified technicians can do. For instance, the snazzy muscle car sports tinted windows—the same kind customers can expect when they ask the techs to install SunTek’s Carbon and Carbon XP Series window films, which block out 99% of UV light. The Mustang also features a flawless paint job, which is no surprise given the shop cuts 3M, SunTek, and VentureShield paint protection films by hand. Additionally, the techs perform paintless dent removal treatments and apply vinyl graphics of business logos or the owner's name and address in case the car ever tries to run away.
Happy Hippo All-Vehicle Wash is part of the Washman family of facilities that's cleaned nearly 14.5 million vehicles, its name a playful reference to its ability to accommodate oversized rides such as RVs and buses. Of course, smaller cars are welcome, too, and all vehicles are de-grimed using a combination of eco-friendly cleansers, computer-controlled sprays?instead of brushes?recycled, filtered water, and soft cloths. Happy Hippo's touchless dryers ensure a spot-free finish, and, much like a visit to the DMV in a dream, the entire process often takes only three minutes or less.
For more than 20 years, Bob Rossignol of Window Tint King has tinted the windows of cars across Oregon, Washington, and even a few famous rides cruising across the sets of Cops and Untraceable. The King’s window sheaths—which are back by a free warranty—block up to 99% of UV rays, keeping cars’ interiors from fading and penguin bobble heads from fleeing. Bob also keeps drivers and passengers safe with windshield-chip repairs.