Brake Team dedicate their nickname and business to one specialized, yet essential portion of customers' vehicles. Replacing brake pads, resurfacing rotors, and repacking non-sealed bearings may be some of the centers' more popular services, but the technicians are also capable of performing general automotive maintenance as well as basic brake system cleanings when needed. To help put visitors' minds at ease, the technicians also offer complimentary brake inspections, checking for potential problems and giving nicknames to each lug nut. The brothers currently own and operate 11 Brake Team locations throughout the Portland area and proudly embrace their reputation as local business owners within the Pacific Northwest.
Everett Street Autoworks manages the needs of auto owners with the modern responsibilities of a green business. As an EcoBiz-certified establishment, the shop uses recycled anti-freeze when possible, recycles all their used oil filters, and utilizes only environmentally friendly degreasers for cleaning. Inside the 10,000-square-foot garage, a team of ASE-certified technicians tackles factory-scheduled maintenance, oil changes, or full-scale engine repairs. Located near the city’s light rail, Everett Street Autoworks offers patrons alternative commuting options including a free shuttle or pony.
Light prances across the hoods of gleaming rides in NW Auto Spa's sheltered bay, where technicians draw on extensive training to manually chase grit from finishes. Against a sonic backdrop of hissing water and raspberries blown on vehicular underbellies, crews polish windows and unleash vacuums in crumb-strewn interiors with services for all makes, models, and sizes of cars. In addition to basic details, crews bathe autos in luxury with additional services such as clay-bar treatments, fabric guard, headlight restoration, and tire dressing that leaves wheels with a sheen darker than Darth Vader's tuxedo.
Divine Auto Salon runs on eco-friendliness. Inside a facility equipped with recycling bins and high-efficiency lighting, green cleaning solutions cajole dirt into releasing its grip on cars. Each solution comes from exclusively corn-based containers that, unlike plastic containers or Volkswagen Beetles, will break down over time. And the company's unconditional love for water means less of it gets wasted during each wash.
Before getting the green light, Divine’s technicians undergo three weeks of extensive in-house training that includes classroom time and hands-on detailing experience. Then, and only then, are they ready to walk customers through each step of the detailing process, explaining goals and revealing where cars most like to be tickled. These technicians enjoy more than just listening to dirt scream in protest as it's wrenched from vehicles, though. They also find joy in outfitting front ends with custom 3M bras, repairing dents without using any paint, installing SunTek window film, and updating headlights with HID conversion kits.
Happy Hippo All-Vehicle Wash is part of the Washman family of facilities that's cleaned nearly 14.5 million vehicles, its name a playful reference to its ability to accommodate oversized rides such as RVs and buses. Of course, smaller cars are welcome, too, and all vehicles are de-grimed using a combination of eco-friendly cleansers, computer-controlled sprays?instead of brushes?recycled, filtered water, and soft cloths. Happy Hippo's touchless dryers ensure a spot-free finish, and, much like a visit to the DMV in a dream, the entire process often takes only three minutes or less.
Paul and Maggy Henry met in the adventure travel business - the California company where he worked sent hikers to the Peru-based company where she worked. As owners of Vespa Portland since 2012, the duo now helps clients with shorter, everyday journeys. Alongside motorcycles from Ural, Paul and Maggy stock their spacious showroom with scooters from brand-name manufacturers such as Vespa, Piaggio, Genuine, and Sym. To supplement those rides, the pair also supplies accessories such as helmets, goggles, baskets, and rain suits.
In addition to selling new scooters, Paul and Maggy's team maintains rides that have navigated their fair share of streets. Headed by lead mechanic Pedro Galvan - a graduate of Phoenix's prestigious Motorcycle Mechanics Institute - a crew of factory-trained technicians keeps scooters in top shapes with original equipment manufacturer parts. The team also stores motorcycles and scooters in its warehouse over the winter, where they ready rides for spring by charging batteries and making sure bikes take their allergy medication.