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.
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.
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.
Owners Mike and Bob created Pro-Tek Automotive as a response to a proliferation of other garages' sloppy work, inferior components, and unfair prices. The two combine their more than 35 years of experience in building and tuning foreign and domestic autos, custom cars, and high-performance vehicles to perform a variety of automotive services, from factory-scheduled maintenance to prolonging the lives of cars by changing their oil, testing their emissions, and enforcing a strict bedtime. They also work to diagnose and fix issues with brakes, cooling and heating systems, electrical systems, and engines.
The duo and their team recognize the value of fortifying long-term relationships with customers. To do so, they keep each car owner's complete service history on file in their database, and send out reminders at the approach of scheduled maintenance dates.
Honest-1 Auto Care's ASE-certified technicians keep vehicles in good health with surgery-like precision and care. Mechanics can rotate tires, repair the brakes or engine, or replace the vehicle's oil with synthetic-blend lubricant that matches the engine's recommended viscosity, ensuring the motor runs smoothly and has a competitive edge in the swimsuit portion of the 21-point inspection. As an environmentally-friendly business, Honest-1 Auto Care concludes services with eco-friendly disposal of old motor oil, and, if needed, lubrication of the chassis. Along with top-notch vehicle maintenance, Honest-1 Auto Care's centers cultivate a family-friendly environment complete with children's play areas, complimentary beverages, and large-screen TVs.
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.