A gleaming Rolls-Royce parked front and center is not an uncommon occurrence at Keatley Detail, long the most trusted South of Market operation for an automotive deep clean. Interiors and exteriors alike emerge looking factory-fresh after one of their detailing treatments. Unlike the typical brushless car wash, Keatley offers a membership program of a few details per month, to keep that paint job shiny and maximize the resale value, should you ever look to sell your ride. Even waiting for your car to be cleaned is an upscale experience, with a waiting room that offers free WiFi, coffee and water. For fine-toothed detailing or to buff away the latest scratch and scrape that inevitably comes from parking on the street, Keatley Detail is the place to go.
The experienced technicians at The Bay Detail start each of their interior and exterior detailing services with a lofty goal: returning the automobile in question to the way it looked before it left the showroom floor. Starting outside, detailers hand wash exterior, remove paint imperfections with clay, and detail the trim all the way up to where the engine's tiny horses sleep. They pay similar attention to car interiors, whether they're restoring the vinyl, protecting carpets and floor mats with Scotchgard, or simply vacuuming up stray potato chip. In addition to their detailing packages, techs also perform more extensive services, including headlight restoration and window tinting.
Before the water from Tower Car Wash's car wash sessions can be released into the sewer system, onsite filters pull out the oil, chemicals, and dirty solids in order to protect the environment. This is just one way in which the staff at Tower Car Wash, which has been serving the Bay Area since 1996, protects the world around them. To protect automotive paint jobs, though, they perform every car wash by hand and discourage students from winning bumper stickers at school. The technicians also draw on a massive armory of air fresheners, tire dressing, carpet shampoo, and waxes to protect rides and leave them gleaming. While customers wait for their cars to emerge from wash or detail sessions, they sip hot coffee and slice into crepes and sandwiches at the adjoining cafe.
Chevron can trace its roots back to the founding of Standard Oil, the oil company of the early 20th century. Today, Chevron and its sister brands Texaco and Caltex keep cars’ tanks full and their engines humming all through the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The stations don’t just dispense ordinary gasoline. Their fuel comes with the proprietary additive Techron, a nitrogen-enriched compound designed to minimize deposits left on intake valves, fuel injectors, and combustion chambers—which in turn leads to reduced emissions.
The bright red-and-yellow scallop-shell logo waves at motorists from streets and highways all around the world. Shell operates in more than 70 countries and owns thousands of gas stations, where drivers can grab motor oils, lubricants, and other on-the-road necessities while they fill up their tanks. Behind the scenes, the company not only produces the equivalent of 3.1 million barrels of oil every day and harvests natural gas, but they also invests in greener technologies such as wind energy.
Geary Car Wash offers self-service washing, which is a quick and convenient alternative to getting your car detailed or convincing the dog that your SUV is a giant jar of peanut butter. Pay machines and necessary equipment are all within arm’s reach of the carports. Beneath these covered ports, motorists can also access water hoses and other essentials such as soaps, scrubbing brushes, waxes, and vacuums.