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.
Park N Jet's two secured lots flank the nearby Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with 24-hour security to oversee vehicles. Drivers steer their cars into the well-lit, fenced lots and catch a free, 24-hour shuttle to the airport, reassured by omnipresent high-security technology that monitors vehicles to ensure safety and prevent villainous do-gooders from washing random cars in the middle of the night. Upon arrival back at the airport, the free shuttle whisks travelers back to their cars for a slow-motion reunion montage.
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.
For more than half a century, Extra Car Airport Parking has set aside a safe and secure lot where busy travelers can stash their cars while flying out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Frequent fliers, infrequent fliers, and those who like to distinguish the bird calls of various airplanes can simply wheel into the lot, park, and hop aboard a 24-hour free shuttle for the three-block ride to the terminal.