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.
The cleaning staff at Shine Express Carwash grooms begrimed autos with a full-service car wash, which eases autos through the bathing tunnel before the staff vacuums away lingering internal debris, cleans out cup holders, and performs an interpretive hand waxing. During the Platinum Works detail package, cleaners slip into their most meticulous personas while tending to both interiors and exteriors. Unkempt carpets regain their fluffy disposition with a sudsy shampooing, and a hand wax leaves hoods as shiny and reflective as a freshly minted introspective penny.
In 1945, R.D. Beck, a small-town gas-station owner, started scrubbing patrons’ cars with his son, Lamar. At first, the service was a way to score a little extra business, but before long, throngs of eager customers circled the tiny shop. Unable to meet the demand, they built a conveyor-belt system that washed cars just as well as they could. As their business grew, they purchased a Columbus, Georgia, car wash with a strange but memorable moniker: GooGoo. Though the name stems from a famous duck on a 1930s radio show, it now stands for the goo-goo eyes that Lamar makes when a clean, shiny car drives by.
GooGoo’s also short for GooGoo 3 Minute Express Wash, the modern incarnation of the Beck family business. Here, staffers dressed in bright-red ties prep cars for baths and guide drivers to the washing tunnel’s conveyor belt. Drivers kick back as gentle machines scrub their autos with Neoglide foam and microfiber cloths as soft as a baby chick wearing a lamb's-wool sweater. Biodegradable soaps and house-label waxes imbue exteriors with shine and sparkle, and a stable of free-to-use vacuums helps drivers extract dirt and debris from seats, mats, and floors.
Lawman Auto Shine apprehends vehicular grime under the trained eyes of its owner, who served the community as a police officer for more than 20 years. With those analytical credentials ingrained into its mold, the company tracks down dirt with care and attention, making sure to outline each smudge or stain in chalk before scrubbing away the entire scene. They do so using an eco-friendly, waterless process, which gets called upon during basic hand washes or during full detailing services for both cars and SUVs. When they're not buffing rides, Lawman's staff can install snazzy extras, including car stereos and LED lighting.
It's not an illusion that the light looks much brighter at the end of BlueWave Express' tunnel. After all, a lot of dirt and grime has been removed from the windshield by the time the car and its driver emerge from the three-minute automated cleaning system, which aims to return vehicles to as close to showroom-quality appearance as possible. It takes 125 feet of conveyer belt and high-tech apparatus to achieve that goal. Cleaning foams, waxes, and ultra-soft cloths all work in tandem to remove debris, before purified water and powerful dryers leave cars with a spot-free shine.
The entire process should leave car owners with warm feelings in their own?carburetors?and not just because of their autos' fresh new gleam. BlueWave Express has a strong commitment to the environment as a certified water saver. The company uses eco-friendly products in addition to conserving water through a reclamation system.
On the Spot Hand Car Wash and Auto Detail dispenses its thorough detailing services within state-of-the-art bays as well as from a mobile unit van, which carts car-wash supplies such as waxes and soaps to customers? locations. The technicians meticulously polish every inch of vehicles of all sizes to create a lustrous shine that attracts envious glances and vain inchworms.