Thanks to a tiny tear in the space-time continuum, we are able to glimpse the future of Golden State Car Wash as a robot-polishing station and Dippin’ Dots parlor.
B-402 could feel his circuits overloading. His mother blamed his delicate constitution, but his laser scanner begged to differ—the problem was dust, not a dearth of chrome-plated nerve endings. Since his last trip to Golden Galaxy Exo-Shine, he’d exploded two asteroids and house-trained his pet Roomba. Then there was a trip to Saturn’s moons, where volcanoes spew confetti every 7.6 seconds. Yes, a polish was in order. He set his jets to turbo and headed south, past the grove of neon palms and the black hole that ate the Hollywood sign. Sometimes, the beauty of it all seemed too much to bear.
Eons ago, in the early 21st century, Golden Galaxy was known as Golden State Car Wash. Here, covalent bonds of hydrogen and oxygen bombarded vans, sedans, and history’s first car-and-creature crossbreed: the Model T. rex. Back then, machines cleansed the exteriors, and human helpers rooted debris from the seats and floor mats. But over time, motor-buggies gave way to jet packs, and Golden State Car Wash started catering to other standard features of cyborg anatomy. As B-402 stepped into the polishing pod, he fancied it a time machine. When he exited, shiny and fresh, he could grow oranges, sunbathe by an ocean, or become a star in an ancient film instead of Orion’s garish bodybuilding belt.
For California Custom Trailers & Power Sports owners Todd and Karol Messersmith, what began as a small horse-trailer dealership has steadily ballooned into a successful business that rents and sells all manners of outdoor adventure vehicles and trailers. The duo boasts an inventory of high-quality gear from brands such as Polaris, Western Power Sports, and Husqvarna, outfitting clients with snowmobiles, dirt bikes, and scooters for all-season jaunts in the outdoors or inside track-equipped libraries.
Specializing in Toyotas, Elk Grove Toyota’s troupe of automobile experts extends the vehicular lifespans of all makes and models with a lineup of lubricating oil changes, detailed inspections, and whole-body scrub-downs. Mechanics whet automotive appetites by swapping out mucky oil with fresh servings of lubricant, bestowing engines with a healthy purr and keeping automotive whooping cough at bay. A multipoint inspection puts cars in the limelight with a skillful technician scrutinizing vehicles bumper to bumper for worn-out tires, lethargic wiper blades, and squeaky brakes. Cars reap the reward for good behavior with a trip through the carwash vestibule, complete with a sudsy scrubbing and belly-scratch.
Servicing cars, trucks, and SUVs of all makes and models, Quick Lube at Nissan of Elk Grove’s trained technicians keep four-wheelers in tiptop shape with maintenance services. No appointment is required, and the team of ride rescuers keep warranties firmly intact by swapping out old, cynical oil for up to 5 fresh quarts eager to make a difference in the lives of pistons and shafts, along with a new filter. After a multipoint inspection to make sure parts are in working order, the team tops off essential fluids such as coolant, allowing patrons to stop siphoning their juice boxes to keep the windshield-wiper-fluid reservoir full. Finally, because automobiles perform better when they’re not constantly glancing in the rearview mirror, a thorough wash and vacuum leaves cars looking their best by erasing all signs of dirt, grime, and road rage.