For more than 60 years, Elephant Car Wash has resided on the cutting edge of car-wash technology. Archie, Dean, and Eldon Anderson founded the car wash in 1951 when they invented a hands-free machine that could clean cars and never be penalized in soccer. Thirty years later, they sold their shops to Bob Haney, who replaced the car-wash tunnels' plastic bristles with hybrid-blend cloths and high-pressure water nozzles. Nowadays, Elephant Car Wash features computer-operated tunnels that can read pH levels of dirt and—at certain locations—touchless car-wash tunnels that use high-powered water jets and potent detergents only.
Rotating above all of this technological progress is the car wash's signature pink elephant, which doubles as a polestar for drivers who need their vehicles washed, waxed, vacuumed, or shampooed. The trained staff waits outside the full-service car wash with towels and stages a slew of a la carte services including trunk vacuuming and leather conditioning. Elephant Car Wash works with the Puget Sound Car Wash Association and the Charity Car Wash Program, two organizations that strive to keep pollution out of waterways and inside the coffee mugs of Darth Vader.
The littlest things can make all the difference, especially in the world of auto detailing. Harsh soaps and shampoos, even the wrong type of towel or brush, can destroy a car’s paint, strip it of its wax, or create unsightly swirls and chalky crime-scene outlines of dead bugs. Since 1978, Jim’s Detail Shop has given customers peace of mind by using the safest wash products and accessories available during its detailing packages. And the team doesn’t just hand wash, wax, and dress exteriors; they also sweep insides with vacuum cleaners and carpet shampooers, and thwart UV rays with window tinting, backed by a lifetime warranty.
At Awesome Touch Detail, staffers move from bumper to bumper, replacing grime with shine. Numerous packages combine hand waxes, polishes, and shampoos, and during full-service details, they bust dirt in tires, trunks, carpets, and crevices and treat all leather surfaces the way they'd like to be treated if the roles were reversed. The staff also installs window tints to stylize car exteriors and protect interiors from damaging UV rays and prying eyes, and they back up their work with a lifetime guarantee.
The automotive remix at the Puyallup dealership begins as the car-cleaning experts harness the soothing power of steam to thoroughly flush your hard-worked engine, carpets, seats, and headliner clean of dirt, dust, and doughnut crumbs. While a specially trained machine buffs the car's exterior, the clean team will swipe and wipe your auto's interior surfaces, including vinyl and leather. During this time, door jambs are degunked, the trunk is cleansed (including a steam cleaning of soiled carpets, if needed), and tires are scrubbed until they are the brightest shade of black. The total-body workout winds down with a waxing of your auto's exterior and a sepia-toned snapshot of the beautified buggy for scrapbooking posterity.
SeaTac Park chauffeurs jet setters directly to and from the airport and looks after their rides during their absence. Simply park in any of SeaTac Park’s 1,124 stalls, then hop on a shuttle for the 5- to 15-minute trip to the terminal. With luggage assistance from the friendly driver, passengers can board with plenty of time for a joy ride on the baggage carousel. The lot’s 6-foot fence with barbed wire, security cameras, and excellent lighting keep precious autos safe while their owners eat spätzle in Salzburg. Convenient shuttles cruise by the airport every five to seven minutes to pick up newly returned passengers, and postmidnight arrivals can send a text or use a courtesy phone for immediate evac. Additional days can be purchased for $10.95 per day, plus taxes and fees. Customers can request that their sedan be taken through the car wash ($15), or walk through themselves to clean the airline peanuts out of their hair.