As the great poet Norman Whitfield once wrote:
Talking about the car wash yeah
Car wash yeah
Come on y’all and sing it with me
Sing it with feeling
Car wash yeah
No one wants to cruise the East End in a dirty car. But who to trust with your vehicle? Discerning patrons wants to be sure their car will return to them scratch free and as clean as can be. That’s what Dan’s Papers asked readers to vote on the Best of the Best car wash centers on the North and South forks. Here are the results:
South Fork platinum winner, Beach Hand Wash (114 Old Riverhead Road, Westhampton Beach; 631-998-4004, beachhandwash.com) offers packages such as the Big Kahuna, Hang Ten Wash, Surfs Up and Wipeout Wash. Beach Hand Wash also offers gentle steam cleaning plus premier detailing, specializing in exotic and antique cars. The car wash opens daily at 8 a.m. all summer. Call for closing time.
Hampton Auto Wash & Detail Center (296 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays; 631-728-5036, hamptonautowash.com) takes the gold. Wash packages include the Sand Dune, with full service and a tire shine, the Bay Breeze, with all that plus triple foam police, sealer wax and an under carriage wash, and the Light House, which adds on floor mat shampooing and compressed air exterior drying. VIP cards include benefits such as 24-hour rain insurance.
Silver medalist Southampton Car Wash & Detail Center (404 County Road 39A, Southampton; 631-283-8990, shcarwash.com) offers services including pickup and delivery—there’s no need to leave home or work to have the car washed. Detailing packages include hand wax, interior SuperClean, carpet shampoo, leather seats cleaning and conditioning, and pet hair removal. Southampton Car Wash is open seven days a week all year.
Country Car Wash & Detail Center (6565 Main Road, Mattituck; 631-298-1714, countrycarwashanddetail.com) topped North Fork car washes, taking platinum. Among the offerings are lease return, hand waxing, hand washing, interior cleaning, carpet cleaning, compounding and polishing. Packages include the Country Deluxe, Country Supreme and Big Country.
With the North Fork gold, Absolute Detailing Concepts (1655 Old Country Road, Riverhead; 631-466-1739, absolutedetailingconcepts.com) washes and details automobiles, boats and even planes. Detailers will come to clients driveways, parking lots and marinas.