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.
Fresh Start Detail Co.?s certified staff of car-cleaning technicians buff and scrub interiors and exteriors of cars, boats, and RVs, leaving vehicles with a gleaming, clean appearance. Rides in need of an old-fashion wash-down come out pristine with Fresh Start?s hand-wash and spiff, a basic package consisting of a hand-wash and dry and an interior vacuum, dusting, and window wash ($58?$128). Or, opt for the A La Carte detail, which relieves your car of rogue dirt, debris, or car-deteriorating alien infestations ($128?$298). This comprehensive cleaning includes a fresh interior detailing, containing floor-mat steam cleaning, light interior dusting, and window wiping. The bubbly dirt blasting continues with an exterior cleaning, including hand-washing and hand paste wax. Individual services, such as an exterior wash and wax ($98?$168) and the standard interior detail ($198?$348), can be purchased on an as-needed basis. Fresh Start Detail Co. offers $5 loaner BMWs to patrons who need a ride around town during their car-cleaning session. Car-detailing prices vary within given ranges based on size and condition of vehicle.
From major auto-body repairs to mold removal, the technicians at Ace Car Reconditioning handle nearly all automotive needs, and they do it with enough care and expertise to show off an Angie’s List Super Service award. At three locations in the Portland area, the crew spruces up exteriors with Llumar window films and revitalizes interiors with carpet shampooing and an ozone treatment that removes odors left behind by pets and hitchhiking dumpster divers. Dents and dings pop right out with paintless dent removal, and the team makes scratches disappear with Applied Colors’ paint-touchup system. Aside from superficial fixes, the Ace squad ensures cars are safe and sound with auto-body repairs such as hood and bumper replacements.
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.