Washman's expert auto detailers send gas-guzzling broncos on a quick gallop through the fully automated car wash, which laves vehicles using noncaustic, phosphate-free soaps and recycles 100% of washing water to be filtered and reused. A three-minute romp in the brushless, soft-cloth wash bay readies exteriors for an express hand wax, which buffs and shields cars from acidic remarks from younger vehicles. Harnessing the cleansing power of a 200-degree hot-water extraction unit, the cleaning crew thoroughly forces filth from carpets. Next, a vigorous shampooing or leather cleaning treatment leaves behind fresh seats, and an interior wipe-down tidies up dashboards, center consoles, and door panels. To conclude the process, which takes up to four hours, an odor eliminator tactfully removes lingering smells left by pets and moisture run amok.
As a co-op of independent and family-owned garages, AutoCare Northwest has two primary requirements for membership: ASE-certified technicians and the NAPA nationwide warranty. Whether in Portland or Oregon City, each participating auto-care center is manned by highly trained technicians, who offer a range of services—from simple oil changes to major repairs—backed by NAPA's Peace of Mind 12-month or 12,000-mile written warranty. The crews install quality NAPA parts, most of which include a lifetime guarantee for as long as the customer owns the car or remembers its middle name.
Gateway Tire Center looks after the rubber that meets the road with four-wheel tire alignments and rotations, as well as balancing services. When old tires have reached their end, Gateway sells and installs their replacements, with enough 13- to 22-inch tires onsite to shatter the dreams of the area caveman who thinks he has just invented the tire. Gateway can also repair brakes, maintain cars' suspensions, and replace tires on trucks and trailers.
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 are 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.