Automotive in Grand Rapids

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In 1950, a man named Ernest Ellis started a car wash in Grand Rapids. There were no motorized brushes or automated sprays back then; instead, cars would drive through the building as staffers positioned along the route used steam guns, wash tanks, and hand mitts to wipe away dirt and Dewey for President fliers from automotive exteriors. After a name change, a panoply of new locations, and many upgrades to what was often the most cutting-edge wash technology in the country, today's Southland Auto Wash maintains its high-tech approach to cleaning with automated wash tunnels, in-depth detailing, and luxurious extras including its own signature tire protectant. This passion for meticulous care, along with the wash's extensive water-conservation projects, earned the sudsatorium a nod as Grand Rapids Magazine's Best Car Wash for more than 14 years straight.

4015 Lake Michigan Drive Northwest
Grand Rapids,
MI
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Founded in 2005 by passionate aviator Eric Swanson, the high-flying adventures of EasyRotor Helicopter have enjoyed publicity from Rapid Growth Media as well as from fellow Michigander and recording artist Kid Rock, who hired the company to shoot aerial footage for a music video. EasyRotor's world-class R44 Raven chopper, manufactured by Robinson Helicopter Company, conveniently facilitates the company's tours and aerial services based out of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. As the helicopter slices through the air, views of Grand Rapids, its downtown, and passengers' own homes come into view. Noise-canceling headphones allow for both free-flowing conversation and unobstructed listening to the pilot's anecdotes on the sights below and the exploits of Leo da Vinci, the patron saint of helicopters.:m]]

5500 44th St SE
Grand Rapids,
MI
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The auto-body beautifiers at Absolute Perfection work to give sedans, motorcycles, trucks, SUVs, and vans a newfound shine and swagger through professional polishing and decontamination techniques. A full exterior cleaning treats issues like grease, tar, and sap, and acid-free wheel cleaner works to eradicate stains and produce a show-room gleam. After decontamination, techs apply a synthetic polymer for long-lasting protection. Seven different material-specific cleaners are used to safely clean leather and cloth upholstery, carpets, dash components, vents, cracks, and more.

3876 East Paris Avenue Southeast
Grand Rapids,
MI
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Lucky777Coach facilitates easy group travel to area gambling spots including Little River Casino, Soaring Eagle Casino, and FireKeepers Casino. Almost everyday of the week, guests can hop aboard a bus and speed off toward slot machines and poker tables on trips that often include rewards towards gaming and food. In addition to daylong sojourns, Lucky777Coach organizes overnight trips so gamblers can play into the wee hours of the morning and their companions can try every type of dressing at the salad bar at least once.

3000 Alpine Avenue Northwest
Grand Rapids,
MI
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With a quarter century of experience under its soap-sudded belt, Joymar's automatic car washes guide cars toward a cleaner way of living with an array of treatments. The Super Wash begins with a high-powered wash aimed at cleaning salt and grime from the undercarriage, known for bearing the tenderest cuts of car meat. The body is then treated with a protective conditioner that's triple the strength of the wash's regular wax. The application of rust inhibitor prevents unsightly oxidation, while a fortified clear coat sealer conceals the car in a cocoon of shine and wards off environmental elements that dull paint finish. Finally, 10 touchless, hot-air blowers collectively burst with 750 cubic feet of air per second, in order to dry nearly every drop of water, sans fingerprints and smudges. During colder months, a 960,000 BTU flame heater is used to banish drops of water from the kingdom of the car before they can stage an icy coup d'etat.

6771 Old 28th Street Southeast
Grand Rapids,
MI
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Pennzoil’s rich raceway heritage spans decades, from its first appearance in the early 1930s lubricating the engine of Indy 500 driver Russell Snowberger to its recent use in 2007 Daytona 500–winner Kevin Harvick’s car. Whether on the track in the Sprint Cup Series or in a garage in the suburbs, car owners who lube their rides with Pennzoil motor oil benefit from a more than 100-year lineage that dates back to one of John D. Rockefeller's original companies. The velvety substance contains trademarked Hyper Cleansing Technology and Active Cleansing Agents, which help to purify the engine's components and ward off damage caused by gasoline byproducts such as soot, carbon, varnish, and sulfuric and nitric acid. Pennzoil’s many service stations dot terra firma from the Atlantic to the Pacific and feature friendly technicians who perform oil changes and replace parts gone missing after the neighbor’s metal-detector-club meetings.

3315 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids,
MI
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