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.
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.
Thanks to a tiny tear in the space-time continuum, we are able to glimpse the future of Golden State Car Wash as a robot-polishing station and Dippin’ Dots parlor.
B-402 could feel his circuits overloading. His mother blamed his delicate constitution, but his laser scanner begged to differ—the problem was dust, not a dearth of chrome-plated nerve endings. Since his last trip to Golden Galaxy Exo-Shine, he’d exploded two asteroids and house-trained his pet Roomba. Then there was a trip to Saturn’s moons, where volcanoes spew confetti every 7.6 seconds. Yes, a polish was in order. He set his jets to turbo and headed south, past the grove of neon palms and the black hole that ate the Hollywood sign. Sometimes, the beauty of it all seemed too much to bear.
Eons ago, in the early 21st century, Golden Galaxy was known as Golden State Car Wash. Here, covalent bonds of hydrogen and oxygen bombarded vans, sedans, and history’s first car-and-creature crossbreed: the Model T. rex. Back then, machines cleansed the exteriors, and human helpers rooted debris from the seats and floor mats. But over time, motor-buggies gave way to jet packs, and Golden State Car Wash started catering to other standard features of cyborg anatomy. As B-402 stepped into the polishing pod, he fancied it a time machine. When he exited, shiny and fresh, he could grow oranges, sunbathe by an ocean, or become a star in an ancient film instead of Orion’s garish bodybuilding belt.
Owner of Quicklane at Elk Grove Ford Matt Wood maintains a one-stop shop for car owners and owners-to-be. In addition to selling new, preowned, and commercial vehicles, the staff keeps cars trucking in its comprehensive service center, where they change oil, install wiper blades and new tires, align wheels, and perform 21-point inspections.
Servicing cars, trucks, and SUVs of all makes and models, Quick Lube at Nissan of Elk Grove’s trained technicians keep four-wheelers in tiptop shape with maintenance services. No appointment is required, and the team of ride rescuers keep warranties firmly intact by swapping out old, cynical oil for up to 5 fresh quarts eager to make a difference in the lives of pistons and shafts, along with a new filter. After a multipoint inspection to make sure parts are in working order, the team tops off essential fluids such as coolant, allowing patrons to stop siphoning their juice boxes to keep the windshield-wiper-fluid reservoir full. Finally, because automobiles perform better when they’re not constantly glancing in the rearview mirror, a thorough wash and vacuum leaves cars looking their best by erasing all signs of dirt, grime, and road rage.