Don and Rick Wood, owners of Cooks Collision, have auto-repair roots that reach back to the 1930s. Their grandfather, Clyde, built cars for Ford Motor Company and later started his own body shop, where he passed his knowledge on to his son, Bob. After working as a body-shop manager for Saltnes Volkswagen, Bob took out a mortgage against his family home and purchased Cooks Auto Body, fulfilling his dream of starting his own shop—just like his dad. Today, Don and Rick carry on the family legacy with nearly 20 locations, 300 employees, and one magical vintage racecar. Their ASE-certified mechanics are factory-certified by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Jaguar, and Volvo, and they repair around 30,000 cars each year.
Vander Hamm Tire Center's team of mechanical tinkerers recalibrates under-hood humors during their standard oil changes. Pull horseless carriages into one of Vander Hamm’s eight service bays for up to five quarts of fresh fluids, as new lubricant forms a protective barrier against engine breakdown, clogging sludge, and sparkplug-stealing raccoons. Vander Hamm's car custodians also replace your worn-out filters and ferry your old oil safely to its eternal resting place. Once engines are sufficiently slicked, technicians check tire pressure and snoop through a 12-point inspection, scrutinizing vehicle surfaces in search of potential safety issues and hidden messages in license-plate numbers. Each vehicular sprucing lasts 45 minutes to an hour, giving drivers down time to practice mind-soothing relaxation techniques or stress-inducing cougar juggling.
Citywide Detailing's cleaning technicians never stay stationary for long. Their mission to clean cars sends them to locations near and far, where they wash anything from compacts to full-size SUVs. They can travel to office parking spaces to hand wash exteriors or venture to owners' driveways to detail interiors. For comprehensive on-location cleaning, technicians offer an upgraded deluxe detail service, which includes a clay-bar treatment, a premium hand wax, and a steam cleaning to help seats clear out their pores.
Since 1966, Swift Chrysler Jeep Dodge Kia's certified technicians have lifted the spirits of downtrodden foreign and domestic vehicles and their owners, all the while selling a massive inventory of used and new cars. In an attempt to offer an incredibly customer-friendly shopping experience, this massive inventory is listed online in an easily browsable format. Visitors of the dealership can also stop in to kick the tires, daydream about how many marshmallows they can stuff into each single car, and check out the dealership’s amenities. Shuttle service, rental vehicles, and a complementary loaner-bicycle program ensure no customer gets stranded, while a comfortable lobby with coffee, snacks, and wireless Internet allow customers to relax while tikes let loose in a children's playroom.
Completed in 1911, the Woodland Branch is a 16-mile stretch of railway that connects West Sacramento with Woodland, California. At the branch's peak, passenger trains were running eight times a day, nine times on leap-days, but it all came to an end in 1940 with the start of World War II. The tracks were still used for freight, but it would be more than 60 years before passengers began using the railway again with any frequency. When the scenic stretch of rail was absorbed by the Sierra Railroad Company in 2003, it wasn't long before it took the name Sacramento RiverTrain and began running luxury coaches complete with rattan furniture, wood paneling, and state-of-the-art sound systems. Today, passengers board these trains to savor Sunday brunch, murder-mystery dinners, and other events while train tracks softly clack in the background.