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Covid Virus

As the situation with the novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 continues to change and develop, South Tacoma Auto wants you to know that we are open and ensuring that we're taking all necessary precautions to help keep our customers and employees safe and healthy.

  • We are open and flexible
  • Deep cleaning of automobiles
  • Deep cleaning of dealership
  • Hand sanitizing station available at the dealership
We are open

Sales Hours

Monday - Saturday: 9AM - 6PM
Sunday: 10AM - 6PM

Service Hours

Monday - Thursday: 7:30AM - 5:30PM
Friday: 8AM - 5:30PM
Saturday: 7:30AM - 4PM

Please Call (253) 444-4654

DrivePur Protection System

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Everybody loves that new car smell. To keep your vehicle fresh and clean, we offer the DrivePur Protection System at South Tacoma Auto in Tacoma, Washington. If you aren't familiar with DrivePur Protection yet, it is a revolutionary anti-bacterial treatment for your car. When we treat your vehicle with this system, we gently remove the odor-causing elements that you don't see, such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

If you drive children or pets around in your used SUV, failing to have your vehicle properly cleaned and disinfected can make you sick as a dog. Look after your car, your passengers, and your pets with this detailing solution.

Get in touch with our used car dealership near Lakewood to find out more about our 3-Step process:

  • SMOK™: Designed to eliminate cigarette and tobacco odors without damaging fabrics, materials, or hard surfaces.
  • SHOK™: Designed to eliminate odors caused by tobacco smoke, spilled beverages, mold, mildew, kids, food, fish, and more.
  • PREVNT™: Is a nano formulated surface coating that turns your car's interior into a light-activated air scrubber.

How the DrivePur Protection System Works

DrivePur combines the best of the nanotechnology to offer an affordable and custom anti-bacterial treatment. This treatment includes a specially designed fumigation device to atomize a concentrated anti-bacterial solution into an ultra-fine mist, which contains hundreds of millions of microscopic "nano-sized" cleaning particles. The DrivePur System also boasts a special anti-bacterial spray-on coating for contact surfaces such as door handles, steering wheels, gear knobs, radio knobs, etc.

The primary active ingredient of the treatment is titanium dioxide (TiO2), a food grade, nano-coating that is tasteless, odorless, and harmless to both humans and pets. The treatment coating reacts with natural sunlight to breakdown bacteria into water vapor, which then prevents any fungus or bacteria from growing on the treated surfaces. DrivePurTM needs very little natural light to activate the self-cleaning process, even cars with window tint will benefit.


When titanium dioxide (TiO2) captures ultraviolet light (UV) from the sun, it forms activated oxygen in a process similar to photosynthesis. The newly-formed activated oxygen is powerful enough to oxidize and decompose organic materials to eliminate bio-pollution.

Titanium dioxide (TiO2)

Titanium Dioxide is considered a harmless substance the is commonly used in plastics, paper, synthetic fibers, rubber, condensers, crayons, ceramics, electronic components, paint, and more. Titanium Dioxide is also commonly found in food and cosmetics. When titanium dioxide is illuminated by UV light, it produces hydroxyl radicals, which react with the organic matter in the air to form non-toxic inorganic matter.

Frequently Asked Questions

What effects does the DrivePur photocatalyst treatment have?

After enough exposure to light, the surface does not allow water to exist in the shape of a drop, and instead spreads flatly on the surface of photocatalyst. The photocatalytic super-hydrophilicity is an important technology because it has more extensive applications, including anti-fogging, self-cleaning properties. The result is a healthier interior for you and your family.

What are the benefits of the DrivePur treatments?

Hydroxyl radicals are among the most potent oxidizing agents, even stronger than chlorine, ozone, and peroxide. They act as powerful disinfecting agents by oxidizing the cells of microorganisms, causing rupture and leakage of vital composition.

Elimination of Bio-Pollution

Nano photocatalyst Titanium Dioxide has strong oxidation affects to single-celled organisms that include bacteria and fungus. The extreme oxidizing power of Titanium Dioxide can destroy bacteria's cell membrane, causing leakage of the cytoplasm, which inhibits bacteria's activity and can ultimately result in the death and decomposition of bacteria. Generally speaking, elimination of bio-pollution by titanium oxide is stronger than chlorination.

Why is the treatment semi-permanent?

After the application, the solution becomes water-insoluble and does not remove easily unless the surface is polished. Since, titanium dioxide is merely the catalyst and is not changed, its effect is long-lasting.

How often should I have a treatment?

We recommend a re-application every 6 months.

Is the treatment safe?

Yes, there is no harm of direct touching the material or having direct contact with it after its drying time. The materials are safe for use.

Where can treatments be applied?

Our photocatalyst surface coating provides the long-lasting effects of elimination of bio-pollution. Using specialized equipment, a fine fog of photocatalyst is evenly applied to surface materials. The photocatalyst can also deodorize the interior and give the driver and passengers a more pleasant driving experience.

Odor embedded in the carpet and seats can eventually decompose and giving the car owner a fresh and safe vehicle.

  • Company Cars
  • Public transportation (bus and train)
  • Rental cars
  • Taxis

And many more...

Can coating be easily removed?

No. After drying, the photocatalyst forms a solid film that is difficult to wipe off unless strong cleaning chemicals are used. Nano-sized particles embed themselves in the smallest of cracks and crevices.

What factors may influence the efficiency of your treatment?

Light and airflow will have a remarkable influence over the reaction of the photocatalyst. Both factors are needed to maintain coating effectiveness. The better airflow you have in your vehicle and the longer UV light is allowed to enter, the better the results will be.

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Services Offered

Thanks to our ASE Certified technicians, you can trust the services your vehicle recieves. Just like any service center, our team provides standard repair services and routine maintenance requests. Our prices are also very competitive for the area.

Our affordably-priced auto services are partially the reason why drivers prefer our auto care. Talk to one of our service representatives today and learn more about our selection of services and options.

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About Our Automotive Services In Tacoma, WA

Thanks to our ASE Certified technicians, many of which have also been factory-trained, we are able to provide local drivers of all makes of cars, SUVs and pickups with top-tier auto service. Just like any new car dealership with a service center, our used car dealership offers comprehensive automotive maintenance and repair services -- and you'll find that our prices are highly competitive!

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