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.
The littlest things can make all the difference, especially in the world of auto detailing. Harsh soaps and shampoos, even the wrong type of towel or brush, can destroy a car?s paint, strip it of its wax, or create unsightly swirls and chalky crime-scene outlines of dead bugs. Since 1978, Jim?s Detail Shop has given customers peace of mind by using the safest wash products and accessories available during its detailing packages. And the team doesn?t just hand wash, wax, and dress exteriors; they also sweep insides with vacuum cleaners and carpet shampooers, and thwart UV rays with window tinting, backed by a lifetime warranty.
Jet Chevrolet’s team of ASE-certified mechanics keeps engines purring prettily with services including preventive oil changes, tire rotations, and diagnostic checks. Each oil-change appointment begins with an exacting 27-point inspection, which tests cars for mechanical troubles, latent problems, and the ability to count to 27. Technicians sift up to 6 quarts of fresh standard oil through a newly installed filter to lubricate delicate moving parts and keep contaminants at bay. A new pair of wiper blades and an Accuvision windshield treatment help fling water out of lines of sight on rainy days. Techs also check and set tire pressure, and rotate rubbers according to amount of wear, manufacturer’s specifications, or callers’ insistence upon a do-si-do.
Since its founding in 1978, the international quick-lube franchise Grease Monkey has maintained its focus on speedy treatments and a detail-oriented approach to auto care. Shop technicians tune up rides with services such as air-conditioning repair, air-filter replacement, and fuel- and emissions-system cleaning. Grease Monkey's signature service, though, is its full-service oil change. After replacing a vehicle's lubricant with GF-5 or re-refined motor oil, technicians perform an entire review of its maintenance needs, referencing the owner's manual and the wise hermit living in the trunk.
In the heating-and-cooling industry, technicians who can confidently match HVAC systems to homeowners? needs are the only ones who can claim North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certifications. The employees at Allred Heating, Cooling, Electric boast this honor, demonstrating their exhaustive knowledge of furnaces, heat pumps, hot-water tanks, and air conditioners as they install, fix, or maintain them. They strive to keep homes as comfortable and efficient as possible, installing only trustworthy brands?such as American Standard, Mitsubishi Electric, and Kohler?and performing 23-point precision tune-ups on furnaces, which include changing their filters, cleaning their exhaust tubes, and notarizing commission agreements with the dragons who work inside them.
At Awesome Touch Detail, staffers move from bumper to bumper, replacing grime with shine. Numerous packages combine hand waxes, polishes, and shampoos, and during full-service details, they bust dirt in tires, trunks, carpets, and crevices and treat all leather surfaces the way they'd like to be treated if the roles were reversed. The staff also installs window tints to stylize car exteriors and protect interiors from damaging UV rays and prying eyes, and they back up their work with a lifetime guarantee.