Scott Sherman opened his eponymous shop because his previous dealership gig prevented him from spending enough time with each customer and their car. That was in 1952. More than 60 years later, the ASE-certified technicians at Scott Sherman Auto Care continue to operate under this original vision. The staff here prides itself on personal attention, which, along with their continued training and state-of-the-art equipment, allows them to service each vehicle with the care it requires.
The skilled team offers everything from oil changes to transmission work, getting cars back on the road before they start thinking about retiring in a nice sandy junkyard. And, ensuring owners receive the same level of service, the shop offers loaner vehicles as well as free shuttle rides for customers who need a lift while their car is being repaired.
Working on cars is more than just a job for the Bothell Way Garage team of Bob Nelson and Dave Wilson, as well as Jared Reidt, whose grandfather launched an auto shop in Kennewick. Together, the crew brings years of professional experience and ASE certifications to the garage, handling cars and trucks of all makes and models. Bothell Way Garage performs both basic mechanical repairs and complex computerized diagnostics, with the ability to perform all 30,000, 60,0000, and 90,000 mile recommended services. Driving autos through a range of services, they swap out sullied oils and filters, diagnose and repair engine troubles, and ensure brakes stop fast enough for red lights or the ice-cream man.
Stereo Warehouse populates its shelves with factory-authorized, name-brand equipment, gadgets, and tools. Trained staff members roam the warehouse floor and assist visitors with their encyclopedic knowledge of products and system specifics. To ensure proper performance for their entire inventory, the family-owned business exclusively stocks new products, meaning none of its items have been refurbished or cloned from spare bolts in a laboratory.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
After working as a mechanic for six years at Juanita Firs Texaco, a 22-year-old Dan Amundsen bought the station with the help of his father in 1978. Amundsen's devoted father worked early mornings to keep the business running, and Juanita Firs 76 continues to be a family operation today. Patrons stopping by for gas might encounter Amundsen's children, nieces, family friends, feral grease monkeys, and, of course, employees who have been with the company for as many as 30 years.
The station's ASE-certified technicians bring 120 years of combined experience to the oil-stained table as they perform a wide range of services. They keep cars running smoothly with tune-ups and scheduled maintenance, and specialists can also repair more advanced snafus involving the brake, tire, and air-conditioning systems. Drivers receive a free Express car wash and complimentary cup of coffee with every fill-up of 8 gallons or more.