Cars, like the T. rex, are fueled by the remains of dead dinosaurs and require regular maintenance to stave off extinction. Prevent an automotive ice age with today's Groupon: for $115, you get a full-car spa treatment, mechanical inspection, and a Mercedes C-Class loaner at Von Housen Mercedes-Benz (a $395 total value). Choose from the following locations: Sacramento, El Dorado Hills, or Rocklin.
Von Housen Mercedes-Benz's vehicular geniuses pamper the most mobile member of the family with an eight-hour inspection and detailing package. During the vehicular makeover (a $255 value), a thorough scrubdown sweeps grime and dust away before gentle wax seals out future interlopers to maintain the paint’s just-washed luster. Crumbs meet their match in the form of hungry vacuums, while car stylists hide wear and tear by shampooing frazzled carpets and giving comb-overs to balding floor mats. A rubber and vinyl protection guards non-metal parts of the exterior, and the tire shine waxes grubby wheels into lustrous spinners. Window washers remove evidence of splattered insects, while auto internists clean the engine compartment in preparation for the maintenance inspection.
After the makeover, Von Housen’s moto-medics give each car an in-depth physical (a $70 value), snooping for potential problems before compiling them in an easy-to-read report. Inspections ensure the soundness of brakes, tires, and suspensions, and plumb engines for leaky tubes or misbehaving components. Mechanics perform the inspection during dress rehearsal for the garage’s upcoming production of Grease, and consult owners when problems require replaceable parts. While roadsters get evaluated, Von Housen loans drivers high-class Mercedes-Benz models (a $70 value) for the duration of the inspection.