Tahoma Market Car Wash's brand-new facility restores road-weary wagons to their former glory using fast, modern equipment. Within a matter of minutes, automated washers buff wheels, shine tires, and flush undercarriages to prevent rust and remove barnacles. An ultrasealer forms a protective vehicular shield, and a free-to-use professional-grade vacuum allows customers to degunk their cars’ interiors by hand after the automatic wash. Making earth friendliness a top priority, Tahoma Market Car Wash recycles much of its water, uses only gentle Envirosoft foam for polishing up rides, and regularly treats stressed-out sea turtles to shiatsu massages.
Professional detailing technicians stand at the ready at all four Derek’s Auto Detail and Hand Car Wash locations, armed with elbow grease and automotive products to enhance vehicles’ shine. Roadsters big and small, from cars and trucks to repurposed family-band school buses, enter the detailing hub for interior and exterior services. Specialty add-ons such as Aquapel rain repellant and leather conditioning augment wash-and-wax packages to restore rides to their showroom image.
The value of the Groupon for the gold detail package can also be applied toward an upgraded detailing package. In either case, additional charges may apply for oversized vehicles, tour vans, and fringed surreys.
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.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
The automotive remix at the Puyallup dealership begins as the car-cleaning experts harness the soothing power of steam to thoroughly flush your hard-worked engine, carpets, seats, and headliner clean of dirt, dust, and doughnut crumbs. While a specially trained machine buffs the car's exterior, the clean team will swipe and wipe your auto's interior surfaces, including vinyl and leather. During this time, door jambs are degunked, the trunk is cleansed (including a steam cleaning of soiled carpets, if needed), and tires are scrubbed until they are the brightest shade of black. The total-body workout winds down with a waxing of your auto's exterior and a sepia-toned snapshot of the beautified buggy for scrapbooking posterity.