Cardinals Car Wash, a locally owned shop on Manchester Road, would be our top pick for best car wash this year even without that spirited mascot. (Go, Cardinals!) A friendly and helpful staff keeps the wash pace quick, and once they're done, the cars remind us of Outkast: "So fresh and so clean, clean." The best time to stop by is on the way to work. Customers who order a car wash or express detailing between 8 and 9 a.m. get as much as $5 knocked off already reasonable prices. (You can even grab a coffee from Dunkin' Donuts across the street.) Choose from the wallet-friendly "Basic" wash or kick it all the way up to the "Best," which includes interior cleaning, protective sealants, air freshening — it even comes with a "3-Day Clean" guarantee. It offers special detailing on the interiors as well, perfect for dealing with skunk and wet-dog odors in your nicely upholstered seats.
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