Yellow and blue signage near the parking lots of shopping malls, offices, and entertainment centers indicates the presence of ProntoWash Eco AutoSpa, a car wash and detailing powerhouse that boasts more than 350 operations worldwide. Its business model revolves around accessibility—ProntoWash sets up shop where cars already are, saving drivers time and preserving all the gas and corn dogs that engines would have otherwise consumed during a trip to a traditional car wash. Helming special yellow Washing Karts, the company's technicians use biodegradable detergent and about a pint of low-pressure water to render each car clean. They also care for cars by vacuuming carpets, restoring headlights, stuffing multivitamins inside ailing glove compartments, and making arrangements to hit the road with their mobile car-wash service.
A jovial Buddha statue wearing sunglasses greets students arriving at Malibu Sun Yoga, where blue and orange walls mimic the tones of a blazing sun and a calm cerulean ocean. This duality is representative of the studio's hot yoga classes, which combine warming heat with yoga practice. Inside a mirrored studio heated to a steamy 105 degrees Fahrenheit, instructors lead custom sequences of vinyasa poses that help foster balance, flexibility, and strength, and are adjustable for students of all skill levels. The elevated temperature keeps sinews limber and joints soft to facilitate safer stretches, and it also aids in detoxification by increasing blood flow to vital organs and encouraging a healthy sweat, provided students drink plenty of water. Hot yoga can also help reduce one's appetite for unhealthy foods, such as alcohol, tobacco, or marshmallows still on fire.
An affiliate of Tesoro service stations, USA Gasoline fuels autos while providing intelligent car-cleaning solutions. Its ultrasonic mapping identifies the type of vehicle to be washed prior to service, and customizes the sudsing accordingly. The car wash takes an environmentally friendly stance by using reclaimed water and only accepting shade from free-range clouds.
For more than 20 years, GotCarWash.com has been providing unlimited car washes to customers nationwide through its innovative membership program. Each time you tote your rangy ride to your desired location, it will be treated to a thorough interior and exterior overhaul. Windows are scrubbed until they perform as mirrors, and mirrors are polished until the objects in them appear cleaner than they may be. A long-lasting wax on the prow of your land-train will repel dirt and gravity while blinding the sun and impressing local mail carriers. The car's interior receives a mixed treatment of meticulous care and specialized shampoos. Rugs will be expunged of dirt and dashboards will be primped, restoring new car smell, which is the fuel of cars of the future. Groupon holders will also get to take advantage of discounts on any additional services the location may offer, such as oil changes or psychic readings.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Signature Service Oil Change package, which promotes the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car—it cools the motor and prevents moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube's savants perform air-filtration, electricity, and windshield services, among others. The technicians' quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, only complete a service after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.