Best of Colorado 2023 — Transportation
Check out this year's winners and finalists for our Best of Colorado 2023 awards in the Transportation sector!
Many of this year’s Best of Colorado winners embody the art of specialization. They don’t pretend to be something they are not, rather they concentrate on one element and aim to perfect it. That in turn has clearly helped them make a name for themselves.
Our readers (Best of Colorado customers) not only remember them but make a concerted effort to vote for them. That’s a tremendous accomplishment in this era of overwhelming messages, marketing and mindshare. But that takes time. Here at ColoradoBiz, we’ve heard many serial entrepreneurs and CEOs depict their success as a climb rather than a meandering journey. After all, the highest summits are always uphill and rarely scaled on the first day.
So, here’s to this year’s Best of Colorado winners. They have found a way to perfect their craft, grow their brand, and be recognized for their specialization. They have scaled the summit of success.
BEST AUTO REPAIR
Owner Doug Paddock has been working on cars since his teens, and he’s been servicing BMWs and Audis for nearly 30 years. Paddock Imports’ team includes eight full-time techs who are ASE-certified, Worldpac-trained and boast a combined 100 years of experience.
“Whether you’re driving an Audi, BMW, Mercedes or Mini Cooper, we’ve got the parts and the know-how to keep your car in top condition for many thousands of miles to come,” Paddock says.
BEST LUXURY AUTO DEALERSHIP
Lexus of Greenwood Village aims to be the destination for all its prospective customers’ automotive needs. The dealership boasts an expansive new, used and certified pre-owned inventory, with non-commission sales specialists to advise and assist.
Lexus of Greenwood Village offers an online purchasing process and virtual service assistant. The dealership encourages car shoppers to visit its website to browse the inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles, apply for financing or get a value estimate on a trade-in.
BEST ELECTRIC VEHICLE DEALERSHIP
Technically, Tesla doesn’t have dealerships, but tell that to Best of Colorado voters. Tesla’s method of selling cars without a dealer is supported by a few states, including Colorado. Proponents of this approach consider it beneficial to consumers because it removes the dealership markup and, the thinking goes, encourages better business practices.
Instead of granting franchises, Tesla has service centers, galleries and stores. So we’ll consider this Best of Colorado a thumbs-up for Tesla’s cars, not a commentary on our state’s many actual dealerships.
BEST PRIVATE CAR SERVICE
Simply put, Uber is an app and service that enables riders to get from point A to point B, similar to a taxi but with everyday people doing the driving. The rider enters their destination into the app’s “Where to?” box; reviews each ride option for vehicle size, price and estimated drop-off time; chooses the desired option; then confirms the pickup.
A nearby driver sees and chooses to accept the rider’s ride request. The rider is automatically notified when the driver’s vehicle is about a minute away. At the end of each trip, drivers and riders can rate each other from one to five stars. Riders also have the option to give the driver compliments and a tip directly in the app.
BEST CAR WASH
Waterworks operates in six locations in the Denver area, each offering car wash services, gas, snacks, drinks and other useful merchandise. The Waterway process and technology has been honed over many years to safely, completely and quickly clean cars.
BEST PRIVATE JET SERVICE
Based in Englewood, Mayo Aviation specializes in aircraft charter, aircraft management, aircraft parts, maintenance and air ambulance service. Mayo, the largest specialized aviation service in the Rocky Mountain region, has provided private aviation services for more than 40 years, from large cabin international journeys to turbo-prop regional flying.