Fairview 76 & Carwash
42 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta, 967-6512
42 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta, 967-6512
You can’t detail a car without providing attention to detail, points out Brian Tomkinson of the Union 76 gas station that works in tandem with the Fairview Carwash. That’s what people appreciate about the business, he said. “If there’s a spot, we’ll do our best to accommodate any customer in getting it out,” he said. With new equipment and old-fashioned dedication to customers — plus 25 cents off each gallon of gas with a car wash — it’s no wonder our voters favor the spotless reputation of Fairview.
Finalist Educated Car Wash
3501 Via Real, Carpinteria, 745-1911
You don’t have to be an outlaw to own one, but it might help liberate the bad boy or girl who’s been hiding in your psyche. The main component is American style and prideful engineering — and a Harley makes you part of a road-blistering tradition those other countries can only envy.
Finalist Pro Italia Santa Barbara Inc.
New Car Dealership
5611 Hollister Ave., 967-5611
In the first place, the Camry is the best-selling car in America. Plus, the manufacturer also offers six models that get more than 30 miles per gallon. But the big, big extra? Those hybrids, which are as popular as ever and are averaging much shorter waiting periods for those not-on-the-lot colors and flavorful additions. Toyota of S.B. sells as many cars as similar dealerships down in the big city, too. Add all this up, and you don’t have to guess why the readers recommend the lot.
Finalist Santa Barbara Auto Group
Used Car Dealership
735 N. Milpas St., 884-8102
Steven Hartmann insists that all things are probably equal but customer service, and that’s what really matters. But he isn’t talking about the clichéd level of friendly dealings with potential customers. Sure, you have to have a good eye for a used car and you have to deal honestly, said Hartmann, who began the business five years ago with his brother Lenard. “But we give exhaustive customer service,” he said. “A concierge-level of customer service is what you get at Milpas Motors.”
Finalist Toyota of Santa Barbara
Quick Oil Change
932 De la Vina St., 564-3393; 6015 Hollister Ave., Goleta, 683-4100
Oil change and a lube is one of those little drudge activities, like going to the dentist every six months in order to prevent painful procedures down the line. Jiffy Lube is fast, they responsibly dispose of your old oil, and (best yet) it’s a reasonable way to do the things a car owner’s got to do.
Finalist Fast Lane Oil Change
Four locations, (800) 736-8222
The older generation let Hertz put them in the driver’s seat until they learned that Avis, being number two, would try harder. In Santa Barbara today, Enterprise has convenient offices downtown, uptown, and near and in the airport. There are good deals, such as 50 percent off on weekend rentals (as of press time). Maybe they don’t have a great jingle, but their drive has managed to catch our attention. And they deliver the car to you — no charge.
Finalist Hertz Rent a Car
401 Santa Barbara St., 962-1741
“Two words: honesty and integrity,” explained manager Oren Glasman, who has worked for Mike Bishop’s auto repair place since 1994. “If you treat people right, the word will get around,” Glasman said, pointing out one of the beauties of living in a small town. And Richard’s is a place known for honest service by other pros and particularly longtime Barbareños. “We are extremely grateful that the readers voted for us,” he added.
Finalist SwedeMasters Smog Service
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