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.
Trusted Detailing’s technicians have detailed everything from automobiles to Air Force One. Now, SAM 970—the first presidential jet—didn’t grace their garage. Rather, members of Trusted Detailing’s staff were selected to clean portions of the aircraft for the Museum of Flight’s Air Force One display at Boeing Field. Their assignment to this task speaks to their expertise, which is on display daily during an array of detailing services. They hand wash exteriors, buff out scratches, and use ozone generators to eliminate mold, odor, and bad attitude from vehicles. Mindful of the environment, the staff packs non-toxic and non-carcinogenic products, as well as No Rinse Wash & Shine, which can wash cars with less than two quarts of water.
At Hazel Dell Car Wash, manager Markus Slagle—or the “artist with a buffer,” as his customers know him—and his professional team of detailers restore cars from bumper to bumper with car washes and detailing treatments. Vehicles can zip through the garage for a swift soft-cloth wash and towel dry, or relax with an in-depth detail, in which the crew freshens air with electronic odour elimination, spruces up engines, and shampoos carpets. Aside from washing rides, the Hazel Dell Car Wash team also touches up scratched paint and mends rock chips ailing the windshield or drivers' glasses.
Trusting an auto detailer with your car may be a decision that requires a little research, but what about when Air Force One needs a cleaning? Mike Rafael and Tom Shearer, owners of Mr. Detail Auto Salon, joined a handpicked team of auto professionals chosen to detail the first presidential jet plane, now installed at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.
When they’re not scouring a piece of American history, they work out of the shop they started together, a joint venture based on their mutual love of cars. Their services range from simple hand washes, wheel polishes, and scuff removal to more involved processes such as paint-less dent removal and fuzzy-dice randomization. Mike and Tom lead a team as they work on cars both in the shop and out of their mobile unit, which is equipped with water and electricity so vehicles can be taken care of anywhere.