Cheaper than tooth-whitening and quicker than a massage, a thorough detailing is a sensible way to reward yourself. There’s nothing like driving a clean ride, but not all car washes are created equal — especially in this city. Here’s where to go when you’re ready for a sparkling under-carriage:
Sunset Car Wash
7955 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles,
Located on the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Hayworth Avenue, Sunset Car Wash has served Hollywood elite for over three decades. Their menu ranges from a $14.99 standard wash to a $229.95 deluxe package, a thing they call “vehicular rejuvenation.” No matter what you choose, your wait will be a pleasant one: their main shop feels like a boutique, complete with a collection of Papyrus greeting cards, a wide selection of high-end votive candles, plush toys, and other assorted gifts (not to mention an ice cream freezer and a fridge filled with your favorite soft drinks). You can enjoy a snack in their shaded patio—and watch for celebrities—while expert detailers wax your car to perfection. Though the facility is luxurious and state-of-the-art, the real appeal of the Sunset Car Wash is its dedicated technicians and its friendly and professional employees.
Santa Palm Car Wash
8787 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood
Santa Palm Car Wash is a WeHo legend, but don’t let its old school feeling fool you: the place uses state-of-the-art techniques to keep its cars looking smooth (washes start at $14.99). Santa Palm’s main store also has a charming card selection along with all the car accessories you will ever need. One of its biggest attractions, however, is its perfect location. It’s situated in a enclave of shops and boutiques, and you can walk to errands done while your car gets pampered. Its neighbors include a brow threading studio, a high-end dry cleaner, and a sushi bar. This is the perfect spot for those on-the-go.
Studio City Hand Car Wash
11514 Ventura Blvd, Studio City
Studio City Hand Car Wash is an institution and not just because of its famous sign (which features a giant three-dimensional hand holding up a classic car). Located a stone’s throw from Universal Studios, the place has garnered recognition and respect from its community, which includes film and television’s elite. A hand-wash starts at $12 and can go beyond $125, like the six-step “Full Detail” with an interior shampoo and conditioner for the interior and exterior. Enjoy a cold drink while stargazing in a relaxing patio. SCHCW also holds community-wide events to raise money for local schools and environmental causes and helps host “The Greening of Studio City.” A car wash with heart; we like it.