OK, you had your warning.
With the wet leaves all over the streets and the sloppy white stuff already falling, it’s time to consider getting into a program that assures that your vehicle will get through winter with no damage from the salt and other crud that’s kicked up.
Drive & Shine, which provides the largest footprint in the area with six locations and a seventh ready to open soon at 4035 S. Michigan Street in South Bend, is offering discounted coupon books for the holidays as well as gift cards and its spectacular unlimited wash program.
As an incentive to purchase a coupon book, Drive & Shine always provides an extra wash with purchase. Through the end of the year, however, the business is providing two additional Ruby or Diamond washes – its two best – with the purchase of one of those books.
“They’re very popular as stocking stuffers,” said Sherry Hocking Tehrani, director of marketing for Drive & Shine and co-owner of the business. “Car washes make for great gifts that you know will be used.”
But beyond the coupon books, Drive & Shine also offers gift cards ranging from $25 to $500 that can be used for car washes or other services offered by the business such as detailing and oil changes, said Tehrani.
And its unlimited wash program allows customers to wash the same car daily for as low as 19.99 a month, said Tehrani, adding that there are nice incentives for those who enter into this no contract unlimited wash program with Drive & Shine.
Unlimited customers also have the equivalent of a fast-pass at an amusement park since Drive & Shine has special lanes to get them in and out as quickly as possible, said Tehrani, adding that little extra can save a lot of time on those days when lines can get long.
Services can be purchased online or at Drive & Shine locations, said Tehrani.
“We’re not trying to be the least expensive car wash,” said Tehrani. “We aim to offer speed, convenience and top-quality services.”
Since its founding back in 1997, Drive & Shine has always sought to separate itself with the quality of its services and its employees. Drive & Shine tunnels, for example, are typically much longer than other car washes because it uses only biodegradable soaps and soft foam-like materials to ensure there is no damage to the paint, glass and seals on a vehicle,” said Matthew Tehrani, a chemical engineer who focuses on the technology and chemistry division of the family business.
Meanwhile, Haji Tehrani, founder of the business, continues to travel to fulfil his duties as president of the International Carwash Association and to look for new ideas to bring back to the Michiana area. “Our focus will always be on providing the highest-quality, highest value service for our customers,” he explained.
Drive & Shine Founded: 1997
Locations: 5406 N. Main St., Mishawaka, 2714 Cassopolis St., Elkhart; 400 N. Nappanee St. (limited services); 4340 Ironwood Drive, South Bend; 1350 U.S. 41 N, Schererville; and opening soon at 4035 S. Michigan St., South Bend.
Employees: About 100
Online: www.driveandshine.com or www.facebook.com/DriveandShine