The vehicle-scrubbing specialists at Paul's Car Wash & Lube Center buff cars to a burnished shine with hand-powered washes. As the half-hour Elite Wash unfolds, cleaning technicians tend to the outsides of cars, bathing them in a sudsy lather and rinsing off caked-on mud, insects, and junkyard magnets. All four rubber rollers gleam after a wheel-brightener and tire-dressing treatment; to care for the rest of the car's body, the staff applies a clear coat sealant and Rainbow wax to leave the exterior protected and shiny. Finally, a vacuum tears through the interior in search of loose filth before a sweet-smelling air freshener settles down to disguise the car's natural factory odor.
Cerritos Nissan's oil changes keep auto innards well-greased with the addition of revivifying streams of fresh-faced fluids. Technicians bolster mechanical heartbeats by swapping out grimy crude, extending engine life, reducing friction, and evicting broken-down debris from piston hiding places. A new oil filter assists the lubrication quest, catching truant gunk before it can clog up whirling parts or tape “Kick Me” signs to the transmission. Cerritos Nissan's meticulous techs cap off car care packages with a tire rotation, mitigating uneven wear or premature baldness by shuffling rubbers into new positions.
The newly remodeled Lakewood Car Wash & Detail Center slays built-up vehicular filth with protective Simoniz products. During each drive-thru express exterior wash, fiberglass surfaces are bathed with a soft cloth before suds are rinsed away with a spot-free formula and contour drying to thoroughly eliminate water spots and pruned tires. A healthy serving of Wheel Brite, Simoniz Wheel Bling, and Simoniz triple-foam polish imbues exteriors with a long-lasting luster. The procedure also includes a rust inhibitor and clear-coat protectant to keep autos guarded from steel decay and barnacles. Each five-minute wash comes with unlimited use of vacuums and a $3 mail-in rebate for Simoniz Double Bond Teflon car-care protection.
Big O Tires outfits wheels with tires from Michelin, Goodyear and other trusted brands–including their own Big O brand tires that are backed by a three-year warranty and a lifetime of rotations. The retailer has been in the road-ready rubber trade since 1962, when it began as a single co-op; over the past five decades, it has blossomed into a network of more than 480 locations, spanning 20 states. The shops’ ASE-certified technicians not only specialize in tires, but also tend autos with a comprehensive array of repair and maintenance services. They deftly change oil, replace brakes, and meticulously administer multi-point inspections, which ensure that headlights work and that wiper blades aren’t actually sleeping rattlesnakes.
"We don't judge a successful day on how many miles we rode, but by the smile on your face." With that motto as their driving force, the expert guides at MotoQuest play a role in each step of the tour planning—from manning the phones during initial queries to scouting out routes that's tailored to each group's comfort level. The multilingual team, who are also trained in First Aid and Professional Comedic Stand-Up, amiably lead groups of no more than 10 bikers all around the world, from Alaska to South Africa to Vietnam.
Riders board a fleet including Harley Davidson, Kawasaki, and Yamaha bikes and either follow guides down roads that veer off typical tourist paths, or pick up a road map and carve out their own epic journeys. They may also opt for hourly or weekly rentals of the motorcycles and scooters. Journeys may take riders across scenic landscapes or through bustling towns that acquaint them with the local culture.