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.
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.
The Bruce Titus Automotive Group proudly operates five full-service automotive dealerships in Kirkland, Olympia, and Tacoma. Founded in 1995 with the acquisition of Tacoma Nissan and Tacoma Subaru, Bruce then added Olympia Nissan and Olympia Chrysler Jeep Mitsubishi in 2000 and in 2009 Eastside Subaru in Kirkland.
Import Auto Center offers a clean space with an educated and straightforward approach to car repair. A synthetic blend oil and oil filter change ($24.50 value for a four-cylinder car; $27.50 value for a six- cylinder car, including tax) gets engines purring and mufflers puffing with the happy fumes of robust vehicular health. A safety and service inspection for four- and six-cylinder autos ($47.38, including tax) ensures the only danger you face in your car is the mind-washing zombie disk-jockeys that rule the AM airwaves. Should an expert serviceman find a worn belt or nearly tapped-out alternator, an impressive inventory of OEM parts (Honda, Acura, Toyota, and Lexus) stands at the ready to facilitate a speedy repair.