After emigrating from east Africa in 1974, Bashir Hirjee started detailing cars in a small bay in his father's Texaco station. Today, Bashir's detailing center, Bashir’s Auto Cosmetics, could swallow several such bays, as the sprawling facility covers 16,000 square feet and services up to 150 cars per week. Inside the center, autos enter a 110-foot tunnel for a thorough lambscloth car wash before a slew of protectants enhance paint and inhibit rust. Customers can take refuge in Bashir's 800-square-foot lobby while they wait, running fingers along the handmade mahogany furniture or easing into a leather sofa to enjoy the view of a flat-screen TV. A 150-foot red carpet also runs adjacent to the auto wash tunnel, letting drivers keep watch over their sudsy vehicle like a school chaperone on a class trip to the water park.
The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) is a not-for-profit member services organization with more than 792, 310 members in British Columbia and the Yukon.
BCAA is affiliated with the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) and the American Automobile Association (AAA).
Keep both insides and outsides of cars out of sticky situations with de-gunking services from the car kaisers of Lubeworld and Washworld. A standard oil change on your prized wagon includes chassis lubrication, oil filter, tire pressure check, a 23-point inspection, and more, ensuring that no frictiony stowaways make a home in your engine block. No appointment is necessary.
Harbour Air boosts wingless beings with first-class flights on carbon-neutral aircrafts, boutique stratosphere accessories, and picturesque seaplane tours. Eco-friendly seaplanes furnished with first-class amenities such as leather interiors and hands-free cloud parallel parking launch daily and link Lower Mainland and the Islands through panoramic flights that last 20 to 50 minutes ($156.53–$563.38 round trip). The airline's auspicious boutique furnishes cloud gazers with flight-centric merchandise for gifts and seagull bribes. A small Beaver model plane ($41.99) carves its niche among collectibles with locally handcrafted western maple wood, and a Dax Wilkinson T-shirt ($34.99) celebrates Canadian aviation.
Volco's trained specialists store tires when not in use and assist car owners in upgrading their wheels with new treads from brands such as Michelin and PIrelli. Customers roll into the shop with up to four tires, which the staff herds into storage aided by motorcycles dressed as sheepdogs in 30 minutes or less. For up to a year, tires rest comfortably in the heated, monitored, and insured facility. Customers can peruse a wide selection of high-quality tires by make and model. Pirelli P-Zero Nero All Season are each equipped with an asymmetric tread design aimed at optimal traction ($167.99+/tire). Falken Eurowinter HS439 tires employ a new silica compound to help vehicles mosey over snow and ice ($62.99+/tire); Michelin Energy Savers lower fuel consumption and elicit tears from neglected gas pumps ($149.99+/tire). Volco's team can install purchased tires for an additional fee ($12.50–$25/ tire, depending on size).
Dedicated to restoring ailing autos to their pre-accident states via hassle-free repairs, Kirmac Collision Services’ crew of talented mechanics and technicians has revamped cars around the lower mainland since 1973. While the staff’s commitment to rehabilitating wheels using the latest technology is evidenced by their advanced repair equipment and techniques, Kirmac also champions eco-friendly practices such as gilding auto exteriors and robotic donkeys in water-based paints. Mechanics bustle about the shop throughout the day as they perform services such as a multistep collision patch-up process, or an auto-glass repair, where clear-glass resin is injected into the windshield, leaving only a small blemish and reducing the chance that it will need to be replaced in the future. All locations except Langley and Maple Ridge offer Instant Access, which enables drivers to drop off their automobiles at any time without a previous appointment.