At Dirt Buster's Car Wash, the staff strives for a sense of community just as much as they do for cleanliness. Each locally owned wash participates in a variety of efforts to support the surrounding businesses and charities. They might help with fundraising, or partner with organizations such as the Placer Food Bank and Toys for Tots to aid people in need. They also offer discounts for customers affiliated with area schools—you just need to show your student card, school team fan gear, or the stolen head of a rival team's mascot.
Attendants at each location hand-wash and vacuum vehicles as the most basic service. From there, guests can request packages that include paint protectant, tire dressing, and underbody washes in addition to the standard wash. Detailing services, on the other hand, spruce up cars both inside and out with deep-cleanings and a three-step buffing process.
Quick Wash Waterless was born in 2011, when California was in a drought and water was scarce. Why not, the founders thought, start a car-washing business that spruces up automobiles without using water? And they did just that.
Expert technicians travel to locations across Sacramento, toting soft cloths, vacuums, and professional polishes. They gussy up the interior and exterior of vehicles, finishing jobs off with professional waxing treatments and thorough shampoos. They also use a biodegradable formula that waxes and washes your car at the same time. They can service cars parked nearly anywhere within the area, excluding private lots, locked garages, and troll-guarded underpasses. Every wash saves 38 gallons of water, and a portion of the proceeds go towards constructing wells in Africa to provide clean drinking water.
With more than 30 years in business, the team at Premier Car Wash have gotten their process down to an environmentally friendly science. They use only green products from Blue Coral, and rinse cars clean with recycled water they treat themselves. And because their teams can complete a wash in around 20 minutes, they conserve about half the amount of water that's used during at-home washes in driveways or Buick-sized bath tubs. Though their service is speedy, it does not sacrifice quality—every wash unites both exterior and interior treatment, including vacuuming, a wipe-down of the dash, and an undercarriage rinse. Customers can also choose to add extras such as sealant and rust inhibitors, or detailing services that include carpet shampooing, and leather treatment.
Dads can be pretty protective of their cars. Mike's dad was no exception, but as a kid, he was handed a cloth and allowed to help with the waxing. It instilled in Mike a passion for auto care that has never waned. "As a teen," he says, "I was into muscle cars and, while my car might not have been the fastest, it was always the shiniest."
Restoring that new-car appeal to a vehicle is something of a passion for Mike, and at Mose Auto Detailing he indulges this sense of perfectionism by restoring cars to the shimmering gems they were when first driven off the lot. Accumulated brake dust, "bird bombs," and "just divorced" paint signs are no match for Mike, whose brushes, buffers, and leather treatment gear delves into car nooks and crannies.
Given time, windshield cracks only get bigger and more dangerous. The insured, certified, and accredited technicians at Dave's Auto Glass know this, which is why they repair cracks, nicks and chips before the structural integrity of the windshield becomes compromised. If cracks widen past that threshold, the technicians can help determine whether replacement––a service they also perform––will be necessary.
M.K. Auto Inc. connects drivers with used automobiles and keeps existing vehicles healthy and rolling. Sales reps oversee a searchable database of used coupes, sedans, vans, SUVs, trucks, and wagons, and the auto center's service shop offers basic maintenance and helps keep air clean with standard smog tests instead of spending weekends stuffing dirty clouds into air mattresses.