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Car Wash/Detailing

Fairview 76 & Carwash

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

Finalist Educated Car Wash

Motorcycle Dealership

Harley-Davidson Santa Barbara

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

Toyota of Santa Barbara

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

Milpas Motors

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

Jiffy Lube

932 De la Vina St., 564-3393; 6015 Hollister Ave., Goleta,

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

Car Rental

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

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

Auto Repair

Richard’s Accurate Import Service

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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