Speedee Oil Change first opened its doors more than 30 years ago, right around the time when corner gas stations began trading their garage bays for the wide aisles and refrigerators of a mini mart. With automotive service stations in decline, the first location in Metairie, Louisiana, stepped in to take care of car owners with simple lube jobs and general tune-ups. Speedee expanded to offer a full range of services including working on brakes, power steering, and transmissions, among other things. Locally owned franchises now service roadsters in 20 states, supplying drivers with ASE–certified technicians who pamper vehicles with 17-point oil changes and immunizations against rusty nails.
In 1950, John Searcy loaded up his pickup truck with car batteries and began peddling his wares to wholesalers. Two years later, John formalized his operation and began Interstate All Battery Center, a battery retailer and service center that spans the continent from Austin to Anchorage powering cars, hearing aids, and cameras. Interstate All Battery Center charges gadgets and vehicles with more than 16,000 types of power solutions, and eases environmental taxes on the planet with a robust battery-recycling system. In a year, Interstate All Battery Center recycled 850 million pounds of batteries—just enough energy to grant immortality to one Furby.
The knowledgeable technicians at Mountain View Tire keep cars running reliably with tire maintenance and other auto services, from basic oil changes to computerized engine analysis. Onsite emission testing keeps drivers on the road, and air-conditioning maintenance prevents cars from veering into roadside waterfalls during warm weather. The shops stock all major tire brands, such as Goodyear and Michelin, and adeptly service most makes and models.
Specializing in scratch removal, headlight restoration, stain removal, and more, Smoky Mountain Custom Details keeps trusty petrol steeds gallantly gleaming. The cleaning procedure begins with a thorough examination by an experienced detail doctor, who will survey the car for smudges and scuffs before buffing them to a sleek shine. Special care is taken to remove more troublesome varieties of filth, such as road tar and grease. Rims are polished, engines are cleaned, windows are washed, and metals are waxed in a gauntlet of cleanliness that leaves the car's exterior shining like the sequined slopes of a mobile disco ball. Interiors also receive a thorough cleansing, with fabrics, carpets, and leathers completely cleansed and conditioned and all surfaces vacuumed free of accumulated ride grime.
At Carolina Ford Dealers, highly trained motor medics upgrade the performance of inefficient engines with the Works Fuel Saver Package, which, according to EPA estimates, can lead to improved fuel economy for most vehicles. The Works Fuel Saver Package begins with a multipoint inspection, during which eagle-eyed vehicle vets scour belts, brakes, and hoses to spot trouble areas and chase out nests of feral mud flaps. Then, grimy engine lifeblood is cleansed with up to five quarts of Motorcraft Synthetic Blend Oil and a Motorcraft Oil Filter. Car caretakers also rotate tires and check air filters to ensure the engine breathes air untainted by lint, dust, or dander from the Wooly Mammoth living in the trunk. Finally, auto jockeys test the battery’s lifespan before topping off the car’s fluids and clasping it in a prolonged goodbye hug. Customers must use their first package by February 10, 2012, and the following two within a year of their initial use. As an added perk to this deal, customers that redeem in August will get a $10 rebate through FordOwner.com.
Named best repair shop in Western North Carolina each of the past five years by Mountain Xpress, Organic Mechanic earns acclaim by repairing vehicles of all makes and models while recycling sensitive materials and performing other green shop practices. Today's deal gets motorists up to four oil changes and visual inspections, which can be redeemed for multiple vehicles or used to keep one buggy in tip-top shape for up to a year, depending on driving habits and the size of the car's bladder. With each oil change at the Organic Mechanic, drivers take part in a recycling loop that helps protect the environment. After ASE-certified technicians drain dirty oil, they ship the used lubricant out to be re-refined. Mechanics drain oil filters of residual oil, shred them, and recycle them as bedding material for newborn scooters. Technicians then outfit vehicles with a new oil filter and up to six quarts of re-purified oil.
The experienced motor-vehicle handlers at First Aid Auto transform soot-blackened horseless carriages into gleaming metal steeds through meticulous detailing services. Dirt-busting hands burnish auto exoskeletons and wax them until they shine like a newborn Terminator's skull. Rigorous vacuuming loosens and removes debris left over after sculpting new front seats from a marble block, and windows and chrome sparkle after a thorough cleansing. Hand-applied protectants prevent interior moldings and trim from building their unsightly collection of fingerprints, and thorough polishing removes scuff marks and clinging goblins from tires. All cleaners and dressings used in the detailing are environmentally friendly.
Ever since 1940, Hunter Auto Group has outfitted folks with brand new Nissans and pre-owned models from other manufacturers. Customers come from Asheville, Greenville, Spartanburg, and beyond to peruse the locally owned dealership's stock of roadsters, including hybrid models and sleek sedans with efficient gas mileage and future-grade design. To make sure folks know what they're getting, the staff goes out of its way to familiarize shoppers with every feature of each model, from the sound system controls to the disco ball that descends from the ceiling during traffic jams.
Even if you already own a car, visiting Hunter Auto Group could be a very wise move. That's because the company maintains a staff of factory-trained, certified technicians who keep customers' vehicles in mint condition. Increased safety isn't the only benefit of their maintenance services—they also keep vehicles in compliance with North Carolina's standards.
Owner Marcy Lanier and her crew of stylists take pride in creating the right cut and color for each of their clients at Willows Dream. During appointments, they apply their collective creative energy to help each person look and feel their best with a hairdo that flatters both their face shape and personality. Meanwhile, the team's aesthetician, Ginger, tends to the rest of the body's beauty needs, performing quick waxing treatments, vegan mani-pedis, and
Xtreme Lashes eyelash applications. Her caring, professional touch has resulted in regular clients, and even earned her a spot on Mountain Xpress' Best of WNC 2012 list.
After treatments, guests can peruse the inviting gift boutique, a destination in itself, which is stocked with whimsical accessories, jewelry, local art, and high-quality hair products.
In an age of automation, Danny's Car Cleaning is devoted to doing things by hand. Even a basic car wash, which elsewhere might entail a gantlet of blindly spinning bristles and a mechanized shower of suds, is a meticulous hands-on affair at Danny's, where chamois-equipped cleaners leave sheet metal spotless. However, machines still play an important part in the cleanliness process at Danny's: they're assigned to buff away scratches, polish surfaces to a glossy finish, and act as detailers’ second when challenged to a duel.
Whether in need of a quick wash or a thorough detail, car owners can revamp their rides with Krystal Blue Car Wash's versatile menu of services. The wash tunnel brings vehicles to a shining glow with sheets of water, tricolor conditioners, and rust inhibitors, and detailers dislodge deeper stains with paint-protecting wax, buffers, and polish. After every wash, motorists have the option to wield a free vacuum, scouring all of the seats and carpets in search of long-lost debris and snacks that the piggy bank failed to eat.
Once a year, F & I Detailing's staff literally takes its services to the streets, picking up trash to beautify the city during the company's Detailing Asheville event. The rest of the year, though, they're equally as dedicated to making clients' cars, homes, and commercial spaces shine. Just as meticulously as they scour cars' interiors and exteriors, they power-wash homes, aircraft, sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, and dumpsters.
In Hunter Volvo of Asheville’s service center, technicians tend to a variety of automotive ailments, including electrical systems, brakes, and transmissions, with service and repair. Out front, new and pre-owned Volvos and other vehicles flaunt their shiny exteriors and well-oiled components. Hunter Volvo of Asheville offers a free shuttle for customers to take advantage of while their cars are under service.
Car owners who need their vehicles spruced up could head to Wicked Auto Detailing's two locations, or they could allow detailers to come to them. That's because the company, in business for almost two decades, dedicates itself to impeccable service. This includes on-location detailing, hand washing, and personal attention to each vehicle down to reading it bedtime stories.
With solar roof panels that send electricity back into the grid and a water recycling system, White Squirrel Car Wash takes an environmentally responsible approach to automotive maintenance. Patrons can drive in for a hot, soapy car wash, or opt for more extensive services such as waxing or interior vacuuming. The company donates a portion of its profits to local charities such as Boys & Girls Club and Sharing House.