El Dorado Limousine's wine tours wind through the foothills of Sacramento, chauffeuring guests to nearby vineyards and wineries throughout the grape-dotted country. Drivers swing by one location to load groups of eight into lounge-worthy limos, indulging them with champagne and other luxuries while they wax oenological about the area's history and knowledgably narrate an excursion fit for an epicure. Half-day tours stop at a few of the area's more than 200 wineries, where guests are lead to tasting rooms and endowed with information about the location they are visiting, wines they are tasting, and grapes they are juggling. The three-quarter-day tour tacks on an extra two hours that give sojourners time for one or two more wineries, a light lunch between tastings, and extra time to spend appreciating vineyard views and national forest-scapes or playing hundreds of games of tic-tac-toe.
At The Auto Analyst, ASE-certified technicians distill complicated automotive equations into simple, easily solved problems. Seth, the service manager, works with mechanics Matt and Sonny to fix vehicles while educating each driver about the cause of the car’s sore spot. If you call up the shop's customer-service rep, Michelle, you might learn that the staff ferries customers to and from work, provided the destination is within a five-mile radius of the company jet pack. Coffee, water, and free WiFi wait inside the NAPA AutoCare Center, which stands by its services with a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty.
With participating locations nationwide, Auto Care Special lets customers reach out to their local garages for a grab bag of free and discounted maintenance services. Cards may be redeemed for multiple vehicles over the course of one year for services such as oil changes, safety inspections, and engine-light diagnoses. Those who move or create alter-egos over the course of the year can scan the locations page for participating garages in their new cities of residence to receive a complimentary maintenance bundle.
Precision Details' professional de-grimers revive horseless carriages with mobile detailing services using top-shelf products. While cars relax in their driveways, office parking lots, or favorite fast-food drive-thru lanes, meticulous technicians thoroughly purge them of all traces of dust and debris in less than two hours, less time than it takes to assemble a scale diorama of a car wash. Hand wiping and vacuuming leave interior surfaces wholesomely clean, and windows' two sides enjoy a thorough de-streaking. Dirt, bugs, and "please wash me" messages become distant memories as a full sudsing helps chariot exteriors reach sublime squeakiness, and wheels, wheel wells, and doorjambs get a decisive scrub-down. De-speckling complete, cars’ protective exoskeletons benefit from a hand wax, the resulting finish shiny enough to temporarily blind predators as the vehicle scuttles to safety.
Don and Rick Wood, owners of Cooks Collision, can trace their auto-repair roots back to the 1930s. Their grandfather, Clyde, built cars for Ford Motor Company and later started his own body shop, where he passed his knowledge on to his son, Bob. After working as a body-shop manager for Saltnes Volkswagen, Bob took out a mortgage against his family home and purchased Cooks Auto Body, fulfilling his dream of starting his own shop—just like his dad. Today, Don and Rick carry on the family legacy with more than 30 locations, dozens of employees, and one magical vintage racecar. Their ASE-certified mechanics are factory-certified by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Jaguar, and Volvo, and they repair around 30,000 cars each year.