Inside the service department at Michael's Chevrolet of Issaquah, technicians treat GM vehicles to routine maintenance that takes between 20 and 45 minutes. An oil change introduces up to six quarts of standard oil to engines; drivers who need synthetic lubricant can upgrade for an additional fee. The shop's mechanics will also perform a 27-point inspection and rotate the tires to ensure even wear, leaving the vehicle wagging its bumpers and grinning from headlight to headlight. Motorists can take the opportunity to teach their cars some personal responsibility by having them register online through the appointment scheduling page.
With thumping sound systems, color-changing LED lights, and wraparound leather seating, SeattlePartyLimo.com’s party buses exude a club-like atmosphere. The buses, which seat 16–28, escort groups to events and destinations of all kinds, from actual nightclubs to proms, weddings, sporting events, and wineries. Behind the wheel of each bus sits a CDL-certified driver with 10 years of navigation experience. Throughout the ride, passengers can quaff BYO drinks as they hook up their iPods to the sound system or safely make faces at passing truck drivers from behind tinted windows.
Signature Auto Detail’s suite of car-cleaning services ranges from routine washes to comprehensive detailing. Hand washes ensure that no wheel well or door jamb goes unchecked, and detailing returns cars, motor homes, and boats to showroom status. The shop also performs overspray removal and odor removal.
Heartland Jiffy Lubes enjoy the benefits of being under the Heartland Automotive Services umbrella, putting them in good company along with more than 435 Jiffy Lubes nationwide that service more than five million customers each year. They specialize in the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change, which comes standard with a fresh-from-the-box oil filter and up to 5 quarts of quality motor oil, plus a comprehensive lineup of other vehicle maintenance checkups. Highly trained technicians also perform cosmetic and mechanical services including inspections, emissions testing, transmission service, and counseling for 1960s Corvettes that are going through a mid-life crisis.
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.
In order to remove every speck of dirt from vehicles and return them to their factory-fresh shine, Dave's Hand Car Wash and Detailing foregoes machines and brushes in favor of agile hands and precise q-tips. Technicians turn all ten fingers toward scrubbing filth from the inside and out, removing surface dirt before rebuilding the glossy sheen with hand wax and clay bars and sprucing up the cabin with shampoo. In addition to wash and detail packages, they cleanly restore filmy headlights and remove unwanted decals and bumper stickers from failed class-president campaigns. While the technicians clean autos, boats, and motorcycles, motorists can take a break in the waiting lounge or grab a drink and a bite at the nearby Starbucks or Subway.