The squad of specialists at Tint Works dresses standard coupes and sedans with Solar Gard tints. After calling and setting up an appointment, motorists can steer their horseless chariots into the shop, where technicians will use a computerized cutting system to slice and dice the high-quality film until it meets the vehicle's demands. Tint Works' staffers will help customers decide on a level of darkness for their tints, which can reject up to half of total solar energy and block 99% of harmful ultraviolet rays, thus protecting interiors from premature fading or embarrassing seatbelt tan lines. The 90-minute tinting service comes with a lifetime warranty that protects against peeling, bubbling, and discoloration.
A & J Automotive Repair and Fleet Services' 8,500-square-foot facility houses a four-man team of ASE-certified technicians who keep vehicles of all makes and models running smoothly and looking fresh. After hoisting automobiles up on a dedicated service bay or titanium chopsticks, mechanics swiftly sap engines of soiled engine juice, and refill reservoirs with up to five quarts of standard motor oil. The experienced techs also install a new oil filter, inspect all fluid levels, and lube undercarriages during the oil change, then go above and beyond the lube-job call of duty by spoiling horseless chariots with an exterior car wash and interior vacuuming. According to the latest research, customers can expect to make their way out of the shop in 30 to 60 minutes.
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.
With 15 years in the automobile industry under their toolbelts, the proprietors of 2K Performance know how to run an auto repair shop right. First, they fix and maintain just about everything: fuel pumps, fluids, filters, cooling systems, exhaust and emissions, front and rear differentials, and complete engine rebuilds. Because of the technicians' comprehensive knowledge of all things on wheels, customers never have to take their rides elsewhere for more extensive upkeep. In addition to their basic and comprehensive services, the team at 2K Performance also offers an array of soup-up services to transform buggies into rubber burners, and the shop is adjoined to SacTown Pros for those seeking new windows and hi-fi sound systems.
It's hard to miss Twin Rivers Limousine's most recognizable vehicle as it cruises the streets of Sacramento. It is, after all, pink—very pink, as in bumper-to-bumper, everything-but-the-windows pink. Rather than a brazen display of ostentation, however, the vehicle represents the company's commitment to a higher calling: 10% of the pink vehicle's proceeds go toward breast-cancer research. The vehicle is just one of a whole fleet of luxury vehicles available for everything from airport pickups to wine-country excursions. At the helm of each 4-passenger sedan, 10-passenger limo, and 12-passenger stretch SUV sits a licensed and insured chauffeur, who sees to it that charges arrive at their destination in a safe and speedy manner.