Best of Boston

2000 Best Car Wash

Allston Car Wash

When our test vehicle went in, it was encrusted with mud, pollen, tree buds, and bird droppings. When it came out, it looked like it had just rolled off the assembly line. These guys attack each car with painstaking indvidual attention, all for just $7.25 for an exterior wash ($6 with a fill-up at the adjacent pumps); they even shine the rear-view mirror. Here, “hand-dried” doesn’t mean a halfhearted swipe with a dirty towel, either. There’s usually a line, but the wait is worth it.

434 Cambridge Street, Allston, 617-254-3200,