For more than 60 years, Elephant Car Wash has resided on the cutting edge of car-wash technology. Archie, Dean, and Eldon Anderson founded the car wash in 1951 when they invented a hands-free machine that could clean cars and never be penalized in soccer. Thirty years later, they sold their shops to Bob Haney, who replaced the car-wash tunnels' plastic bristles with hybrid-blend cloths and high-pressure water nozzles. Nowadays, Elephant Car Wash features computer-operated tunnels that can read pH levels of dirt and—at certain locations—touchless car-wash tunnels that use high-powered water jets and potent detergents only.
Rotating above all of this technological progress is the car wash's signature pink elephant, which doubles as a polestar for drivers who need their vehicles washed, waxed, vacuumed, or shampooed. The trained staff waits outside the full-service car wash with towels and stages a slew of a la carte services including trunk vacuuming and leather conditioning. Elephant Car Wash works with the Puget Sound Car Wash Association and the Charity Car Wash Program, two organizations that strive to keep pollution out of waterways and inside the coffee mugs of Darth Vader.
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.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
With America's Best Car Care Plan, ASE-certified technicians keep autos running smoothly by injecting car insides with up to 5 quarts of clean conventional oil (upgrades to synthetic require additional charges) and performing a host of auto-maintenance services. Brake inspections and adjustments grant drivers the peace of mind that cars are safe and equipped for inclement weather and duck-crossing signs that come out of nowhere. Two tire rotations ensure automotive equilibrium can find long-lasting balance and tire grooves wear evenly.
NW Motor Scooters outfits two-wheeling adventurers with vehicles from a huge fleet of Vespa, Piaggio, Kymco, and Aprilia scooters for thrilling three-hour adventures on the open road. Riders will be matched with the appropriate gasoline steed based on their size, weight, experience, and astrological compatibility. After a comprehensive orientation, clients are given road-ready helmets and a scenic excursion map outlining their journey. Guided tours of up to ten scootees and solo trips alike cruise by the picturesque Steilacoom waterfront, Chambers Bay golf course, Point Defiance, and Fort Nisqually, stopping along the way for photo-ops as well as human-refueling snacks and drinks. All rentals include a bike lock and fuel, and at the end of the tour seasoned riders will receive access to an online commemorative photo from their trip and a commemorative bug from their scooter's headlight.
Larson Nissan of Fife's ASE-certified technicians keep automobiles' innards running as smoothly as they look on the outside after a grime-exorcising car wash. During the full-service oil change, car whisperers drain vehicles' soiled oil and fill engines with up to 5 quarts of standard motor oil. The thorough hand car wash frees automobile countenances of dirt and smudges, giving horseless chariots a fresh-out-the-factory look, ideal for a night on the town or donuts on the steps of the Supreme Court building. While steel steeds are calibrated and pampered for 30–45 minutes, customers can use the free WiFi to surf the Internet or hop aboard the complimentary shuttle.