When it was founded in 1959, Ziebart?s business model hinged on a single service: its innovative rust-prevention procedure. However, the chain has diversified its auto treatments throughout the last five decades. Though the team of certified technicians continues to safeguard vehicles against corrosion, they also protect paint jobs with Z-Shield and Diamond Gloss coatings and render interior fabrics stain-resistant with their house Ultra Fabric Protector formula. They clean and disinfect ride interiors, and hand-wash and machine polish exteriors to a sparkling shine. Beyond up-keeping vehicles, they stock an arsenal of car electronics that run the gamut from remote car starters to in-dash navigation systems, which can help drivers find their way back home without relying on a trail of breadcrumbs.
Owners Mike and Greg took over Xtreme Vehicle Designs in 2010, seeking to channel their 27 years of shared industry experience into a auto enhancement business that operates with a personal touch. Having seen the deficits of big-box retailers, they assembled a highly talented crew of gear heads, installation experts from Pioneer’s training force, technicians recently back from serving in Iraq, and graphics experts. Since they understand how important sound systems are to music lovers, they encourage their customers to bring their iPod, CDs, or mobile a capella bands into the demo room and test the equipment for themselves. This personal attention extends to all of their services, whether it’s the installation of a new sound, video, or security system, the application of LLumar tinted window film, or cosmetic upgrades such as vehicle graphics and detailing.
Premier Detail's trained technicians makes cars look as clean as they did when they first learned to pronounce their license plates. Their services range from express washes to in-depth detailing packages that include interior and exterior cleaning. The shop's roster also showcases headlight restoration, dent removal, and power washing for homes.
Solar Control Window Tinting swathes panes in professional films that diffuse sunlight and maintain even-keeled climates in cars, homes, and offices. Residential and commercial windows don sheer or dense privacy films from brands such as 3M and Piper, which block up to 99% of UV rays, trap warmth in the winter, and block heat in the summer, keeping energy consumption in check and environments comfortable. The coatings also protect art and upholstery from sun damage, and can reduce the number of flying shards should storms or soprano houseguests shatter windows.
Solar Control’s techs apply the same surface savvy to car windows, precision-cutting film to fit individual panes or covering vulnerable auto paint with weather-resistant urethane film. While technicians work on rides at the company's headquarters, drivers can settle into plush couches, peruse satellite TV channels, and join a free WiFi network in the waiting room.
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.
At an early age, Kevin Coulter acquired advanced detailing and vehicular-reconditioning skills while working at a local Indiana Auto Auction. Today, he draws on more than 20 years of experience as he operates Luxury Cars of Indianapolis, where skilled techs service chariots using Meguiar's nonabrasive and eco-friendly products. The team wields pH-balanced leather conditioner to moisturize seats, a detailer's clay bar to smooth exterior surfaces, and custom-mixed paints to brighten auto cheeks. Staffers can also pick up, drop off, and spin vehicles on their fingertips for an additional cost.