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.
Located a five-minute shuttle ride from Spokane International Airport, Diamond Park’N Jet's secure airport parking lot provides a home away from home for travelers' vehicles. Free shuttles service the lot seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and a staff member is always on hand to load luggage and give each traveler their complimentary newspaper and refreshments. Onsite security ensures that autos are protected, and free touchless car washes shine every vehicle so that returning motorists don’t daydream about the rentals they drove while vacationing. In addition to protecting cars while owners are in the skies, the lot also operates a "We Care" program, with staffers offering prompt assistance in the event of flat tires, dead batteries, empty gas tanks, or accidentally locked doors.
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.
A fixture in the automotive industry since 1980, Clarke's Discount Inc.’s efficiency-boosting services and repairs helped earn the shop certifications from the Department of Energy and the Department of Environmental Quality. Inside each service bay, ASE-certified technicians swap in factory quality parts backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty. No matter the repair, Monday–Saturday hours do their best to accommodate busy schedules, while an early-bird and night-owl drop box cares for those who can't meet shop hours. Recognizing that some drivers prefer to fix things themselves, Clark's Discount Inc. also stocks a fully supplied repair shop flush with fluids, tools, and taped readings of the Kelley Blue Book.
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.
The licensed and insured techs at Midnight Window Tinting coat panes of glass with light-subduing films by 3M, Suntek, Madico, and LLumar. Having installed films on more than 30,000 vehicles, they skillfully slather automotive windows with reflective, colored, and black tints that reduce heat, glare, and UV absorption while improving fuel efficiency and safety. If their tinting work isn't satisfactory, techs make it right by issuing refunds or snuffing out the sun.
In addition to auto-tinting jobs, Midnight Window Tinting also primps roadsters with accessories such as luxury rims and custom finishes. When not teaching cars how to be cool, techs also offer architectural tinting services.