Car Wash and Car Detailers
Berkeley Parents Network >
Services & Businesses >
Car Wash and Car Detailers
Someone to deep-clean our SUV
We are looking for a recommendation for a place or a person
to deep-clean the interior of our SUV. All services on Yelp
that I've seen appear to have 3 stars at most and the
negative reviews give me a pause. Specifically, we have
fabric seat covers that we need to clean and I would like to
avoid having soggy seats for weeks that end up having
streaks of various colors in the end (one of the relatively
common complaints I've seen on Yelp). If you know of a
fantastic place that can provide a high-quality cleaning
service for a car (I don't really care for the car surface,
just the interior, if that matters), I would greatly
appreciate it. anon
I LOVE Alberty's in Berkeley. They are simply amazing. The
interior of my car is tan fabric - and with two small kids,
that is not a good combo. I get my car detailed once a year,
and every time I pick it up, I'm simply amazed at what
Albertys has done. The car looks almost brand new (it's 10
yrs old). It's about $80 for the interior - more if there's
pet hair and $20 for an exterior wash. Look them up on Yelp.
I know the best place! Mother Nature's Carpet Cleaning
came to my house and shampooed the interior of my car while
it was in my driveway. The cost was around $80 a couple of
years ago. Check them out at
http://www.mothernaturescarpetcleaning.com/ Since you are
looking for someone to clean just the upholstery, not detail
the car, this is a great solution. Also, they don't use a
lot of nasty chemicals.
We're big fans of Lee's. Near the MacArthur Bart on Tele.
Old school. Tell 'em the guy with the crab water in the
station wagon sent you.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/lees-auto-laundry-oakland kleen kar
I highly recommend Shattuck Auto Colision Center on Shattuck
near Ashby. I've had two friends who've had their cars
detailed there, and both of them have been very happy with
the results. I know Jim Padilla, the general manager, and
he is nice and very easy to talk to. I believe the cost is
between $150-$250, and includes interior, exterior and
waxing. 510-848-6281. lisette
We used Ryan Anderson to detail our Jeep Wrangler last year.
We had two dogs and lots of hair built up on the interior.
He spent a couple of hours vacuuming and cleaning the inside
so it looked like we didn't even own dogs. Amazing! The
exterior was also nicely detailed. He was super-friendly
and hard working. Ryan comes to your house and brings all
of his equipment. For $100 it is a bargain for the amount
of work and transformation he did on our car. He comes with
the highest of recommendations from me!
Seeking careful auto detailer for BMW exterior
I am looking for a careful, thorough, auto detailer for the
exterior of my black BMW. I park under a plum tree and some
plums have fallen on the hood and streaked the finish after
a day in the sun (I do not have a garage to park in). I am
looking for a thorough polish/wax/exterior detail. Any
recommendations in the Oakland/Berkeley area would be
appreciated! Looking to Restore the Luster
Done Right Auto Spa, just off Broadway in the Auto Row area
(I think maybe it is Brook Street, but google it) did a nice
job on my husband's 10 year old black Audi recently. taking
the Prius next
Alberty's Auto Detailing is great. They work on many high
end cars, and really do a great job. Much more attention to
detail than the quick detailing job you get at Touchless Car
Wash. They also have great reviews on Yelp. Alberty's is
on Delaware& San Pablo, phone number is 510-526-1987. Kim
I just had my daughter's car detailed at Alberty's Auto
Detailing Shop on San Pablo in Berkeley. They charged $160
for thorough inside and out job. (They don't clean engines).
After they were done, the long-neglected paint was
super-smooth and shiny again. It's a family operation and
they are a pretty charming bunch. Ed
Does anyone know of a good, reasonably priced car wash
service that comes to your home? I usually take my car to
Touchless which does a very mediocre job and is overpriced
for such lack of quality. It would be very convenient to
have someone come to our house & wash our cars. We live in
Berkeley Hills area (Kensington). Thanks much!
I recently had Oscar of Clean Green Mobile detail the
exterior of my car. He has all the right tools, including a
gentle power washer that saves on water. And my car looks
Oscar Kegel, Owner
Clean Green Mobile
Clean Green Mobile (http://cleangreenmobile.com/) just
performed what I would call a very thorough interior and
exterior car wash, for a price far less than I
expected---using only eco-friendly cleaners/solutions.
Oscar, the owner and sole employee at the moment, pays a lot
of attention to detail and will make sure to understand your
areas of concern, let you know what is possible and the
associated time and cost, and check in with you during his
appointment if he has any questions about what you want him
to spend his time on. He is also incredibly flexible and
willing to price services a la carte, so if you want more
than his standard car wash but less than a full detail,
he'll work something out. While it is impossible to judge
everything about a business after one encounter, I truly
believe that Oscar is an honest, hardworking small business
owner (who came up with a brilliant concept and market
differentiator, if you ask me!). I'd highly recommend Clean
Green Mobile and plan to have Oscar detail my car regularly.
Feel free to let him know that you heard about him from me.
-- Jennifer (owner of a silver BMW wagon)
Auto Detailing / Carpet Cleaning
Where can I get a great car detailing? My 10 year old car
needs a good detailing especially because of the carpeting.
It's very old and dirty. clean
we used Alberty's on Delaware and San Pablo and they did a
Drive Through Car Wash In Oakland
This may seem like a silly question, but I'm looking for a plain old
drive through car wash in Oakland. Not the one at Pleasant Valley and
Piedmont- I'm looking for the kind where you can get your car washed for
five dollars after you fill up your tank. Bonus points for a coin-op
vacuum you can use afterwards.
I haven't seen a place like this around. I don't need my car detailed
and I'm looking for something reasonably priced. I'm hoping to find
something near Mills College, but could probably fit it in with other
errands if it's in a different part of town.
There is a drive-thru car wash at the gas station at 55th and
Telegraph, Oakland. I don't know the cost or if it has a vacuum.
Not in Oakland, but a great car wash is Kaady Car Wash at 400
San Pablo Ave., Albany across from the complex that houses
Trader Joe's/Barnes & Noble/etc. Their $5 wash (including
blowing the car dry) does a great job. kaadycarwash.com.
shiny car & happy kids
The high street area has several car washes. The Shell Station has
a drive through and the corner near home depot there is a hand wash
car wash service. In addition on Buena Vista in Alameda near Nob
Hill Shopping Center there is a self-service car wash.
Does anyone know of a car wash that recycles the water they use?
Apparently this is the most ecological way to wash your car
unless you can park your car on your yard and use phosphate-free
detergents. Otherwise, your soaps go through the storm drains,
straight into creeks and the bay untreated. I just called the
Solar Car Wash, and they said they do not recycle their water. I
can't believe that it is even legal to own a car wash that
doesn't, but it seems like most of them don't. If Berkeley
doesn't have a law about this, who does?! Does anyone know of
one near Berkeley? I'll wash it myself or drive through the
Kaady carwash, near the El Cerrito Plaza, recycles at least part
of their water runoff.
I don't have a specific recommendation, but I believe that even
car washes that don't recycle DO drain into the SEWAGE system
(like your sink drain), and get treated before discharge - not
the storm drains that go right to the bay. See
Auto detailer to clean my very dirty car
I am looking for an auto detailer to clean up my very dirty car,
upholstery, carpets, vinyl, etc. It's gotten beyond my ability to
use my own elbow grease! Someone who touches up exterior would be
good too, though this isn't as crucial.
Anyone have good experience with a particular one? I'd like to
find someone in Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito area.
Can anyone recommend an auto detailer that does a thorough job?
I've heard of some that come to you, and am interested in that
particular option as well.
Try Alberty's detailing on San Pablo in Berkeley. They work on all sorts of high end cars, and
do a beautiful job. They are not cheap, but the work is top notch. James Alberty, Alberty's
I know of someone who is great he just did my van and it looks great. The name of the business
is Auto Spa, the owner is Reno Graham he is a mobile detailer who comes right to your house. I
have kids so this is really a big plus for me. The phone number is 510-501-7653. mila
Can anyone recommend a QUALITY full-service car wash. I'm not
looking for a detailer, just a place to bring our cars maybe once
a month or so that will do a great job cleaning w/o damaging
them. Location is not important; great service at a fair price
There's a family that washes cars on the side of the gas station at 55th and MLK in
Oakland near Children's Hospital. They set up shop every weekend unless it's
raining, and usually work till 5pm. The prices start at $6 to $7 and go up,
depending on size of car and whether you want the inside vacuumed (I believe you
need to get there by 4pm if you want a vacuum). They wash the cars by hand, are
very thorough and fast, and they charge a reasonable rate for their service.
I have always been impressed by the service at High Street Car
Wash. For my Ford Escape, it is $24.95 for the full service
wash. I think they have three options. They are very thorough
and don't mind you giving the car a once around after they are
finished. The catch is it takes a long time. At least someone
with two kids in tow would think it was a long wait:) Plan on
about 30 minutes if there is no line up of cars, more like 45
minutes on a nice day, and even one hour if it's a weekend nice
day. There is a comfortable place to sit and wait inside or
outside and there are refreshments for sale to help you speed up
the time. If you were in for a long wait, you could also head
over to Home Depot.
I've also had experience with the Union 76 station on Broadway.
I'd say that they are not in the same league as High Street.
Not as thorough and detailed.
We really like Touchless Car Wash in Berkeley on Oxford, at Bancroft (?) or Kittredge.
We always get the cheapest drive-through exterior wash, but they do a great
job - 3 or 4 people soaping up and scrubbing
your car, then drive through the automatic sprayer thing,
and then some more people drying it by hand. I think it's around $12 and - the best
part - it
only takes a few minutes. Very easy and convenient for those
of us who have negative extra time but can't face the neighbors one
more day in that filthy car. Someday we might even get the interior done. GO
Please make sure when you choose a car wash that you pick one that doesn't pollute our creeks and the bay. (Some answering posts referred to families that set up shop on the street for carwashing.) Any soap that ends up on streets gets washed into storm drains that head to creeks or the bay without any treatment. Approved car washes should have a drainage system that sends dirty water to a sanitary sewer that sends the water through the treatment plant. You can help protect the bay by making informed choices.
Let's keep our waters clean
Someone to protect Honda Odyssey interior and exterior
Just got a new Honda Odyssey, and it is working out great. I
didn't want to pay Honda for putting a sealer over the paint job
or scotch-guarding the seats, as I figured they just outsource it
anyone have a recommendation for someone to do those things?
I cannot get a hold of Corporate Butler and Classic Care shops
recommended in the archives nor find them in the yellow pages.
Do you have recommendations for other car detail businesses?
I just had my car detailed at Titan detailing, 33rd and Broadway
in Oakland. They did an excellent job, got rid of ALL the dog
hair (2 yrs worth) in my SUV. They will pick up and return your
vehicle. They're new to Oakland, but have been in SF for several
years. See Michael, the ambitious and friendly young owner.
I would highly recommend Alberty's Auto Detailing on Delaware St. near San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley. They do a wonderful job, have years of experience, and a great reputation. The place itself is a bit of a hole in the wall, but don't let that deter you. In addition to regular cars, they detail lots of classic cars such as Ferraris, Aston Martins, etc. The phone number is 510-526-1987. Kim
I would like to give a wonderful positive recommendation for Alberti's
detailing, at 1809 San Pablo (at Delaware, behind the auto shop),
510-526-1987. Alberti was referred to me by Bob's Volvo (who also did
a superb job of checking my car before driving across country).
Alberti did a lovely job of cleaning my car inside and out, vacumm,
shampooing upholstery, waxing, &c. Very nice older gentleman, too.
He and his relatives do this for a living.
Can anyone recommend a good car detailer? I work in Emeryville
and would like to have it done one day while I am at work. If
you know of one that is further away but can detail the car on
the weekend that would also work. My main goal is that they are
quick and can get out the spilled milk smell on my back seats!
If you are looking for a great place to get your Car/Van/Suv
washed,waxed and detailed, go to C&G Burns at 5839 International
Blvd(corner of Seminary and International Blvd) in Oakland. I
took my BMW there and Greg, the owner, did an wonderful job. He
washed the interior/exterior and detailed the body. It went from
filthy to fantastic!! He will come and pick up your car or you
can go there. The phone number is (510) 472-3352 for
appointments or information.
Anybody have any up-to-date reccomendations for car detailers ?
I just had my Honda CRV done by the Corporate Butler. It was
reasonably priced and the guy spent over four hours on my car.
He came to my house, which was convenient--and the car looks
Corporate Butler 376-1365
We use Gary Wells owner of ProShine for car detailing. We saw Gary's mobile
truck at a neighbors house and finally got around to calling him.
Heartily recommend Gary. His # 510.381.1342
Looking for mobile detailing service
I am seriously thinking about having my grubby, crumb-besmirched,
coffee-splattered car detailed. Does anyone have any recommendations or
warnings about either mobile services that do this sort of job, or
places in the North Oakland-Berkeley area? I could also do Walnut Creek
during the work week. Thanks so much.
If your are looking for a Great Mobile Detailing Service
Try The Corporate Butler .They are mobile but they also
have locations at major office Buildings through out the Bay Area.
Primarily in Berkeley, Concord and Walnut Creek.
What best about the service is they come to you and does your car while you
are at work. No lines no wait. What even makes it better is you see results
and they don't miss the french fries between the seats.
There number is 510-376-1365. Tonya
Kath, the owner of Classic Care (510/339-7013, firstname.lastname@example.org) in
Oakland, did a fastidious job (at my house) for $85.00. As I recall, this
did not include a wax job, but
my poor car was very well washed, the wheels scrubbed, hub caps polished
(chrome, too, I think), and the interior vacuumed and shampooed within an
inch of its neglected life.
Having said that, I must admit that I'm just as satisfied with a
decent--and much cheaper--wash/vacuum/wipe performed by a neighborhood
church as a fundraiser. (On the other hand, unlike some Americans, I've
never been obsessive about my car.) Getting a good detail job was an
interesting experience, though, and I would be happy to recommend this
this page was last updated: Sep 9, 2012
BPN is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit and we are transitioning to a new website: BerkeleyParentsNetwork.org
The opinions and statements expressed on this website
are those of parents who subscribe to the
Berkeley Parents Network.
Disclaimer & Usage for
information about using content on this website.
Copyright © 1996-2015 Berkeley Parents Network