When Mike's Carwash first opened in 1948, it was one of only 18 carwash businesses in the United States. Today, the family-owned establishment keeps the 65-year-old tradition of gussying up automobiles alive at 42 locations throughout the Midwest. At each location, accommodating staffers stand by to assist customers during the cleaning process. Decked out in cartoon neckties, the cheerful team ushers cars into computer-controlled washers that eschew traditional gear-operated brushes and baseball bats in favor of controlled sprays and soft cloths. After the mixture of eight signature soaps de-grimes surfaces, 200-miles-per-hour gusts of hot air dry vehicles instantly. Mike's also offers specialty coats to give car exteriors and tires additional shine.
Though Vordeman Volkswagen's mechanics and technicians know how to care for cars of all kinds, their bread and butter is European and luxury cars. It’s not rare to find service bays occupied by Porsche 912s, BMW convertibles, and classics such as a 1977 Mercedes. Even the parking lot regularly fills up with VW Beetles for meetings of the Old Fort VW Club, and team members have been known to race their own Volkswagens in autocross competitions. Additionally, three team members are master certified by Volkswagen, a rare distinction earned after spending 65 eight-hour days learning the intricacies of maintenance.
In addition to doling out free flat repairs, alignment checks, and front-end, brake, and tire inspections, the ASE–certified mechanics at Patriot Tire & Auto head off or mend automotive malfunctions with preventive service and repairs. A nationwide limited warranty then covers some services for up to 12 months or 12,000 miles. True to its name, Patriot Tire & Auto also stocks name-brand tires trusted manufacturers including Michelin, Goodyear, and Bridgestone.
Satisfy your ride's hygiene demands with the 14/69 Carwash’s Best Car Wash Plus, a thorough express-cleaning package. Stay in your vehicle and listen to your eight-track recordings of podcasts, kicking back in relaxed comfort as the exterior car wash takes place. The express-wash package includes a triple-foam polish for the exterior, an undercarriage wash for any filth and grime caught in the vehicular petticoats, a wheel clean, and a handy lacquering with Simoniz tire shine. Rest assured that Mother Earth's interests and your car’s need for clean do not conflict, as 14/69 uses environmentally friendly soap and Envirosoft Foam for safe clear-coat finishes.
A 50-year family history of conscientious car care backs Fox & Fox's reputation for automotive excellence. The menu of motorized makeover services includes complex collision and maintenance work as well as subtler tune-ups. Rein in rambunctious free-spirited axles with a two-wheel alignment ($45.75) or a more sternly worded four-wheel alignment ($65.25). A premium vehicle inspection ($39) or rigorous prepurchase inspection ($60) sniffs out bum rides and lemons, while a standard oil change keeps your ride’s inner workings sliding smoother than an ice sculpture down a soapy bowling lane ($29.95).
A Grease Monkey full-service oil change is more than a simple oil infusion. Expert mechanics give your car a full physical, checking its respiratory system (air filter, breather element, and PCV valve), vision (windshield-wiper blades and exterior lights), and circulatory system (power-steering fluid, battery fluid, windshield fluid, transmission or transaxle fluid, differential fluid, and engine-coolant level). Your car's carpets will then be vacuumed and its exterior windows washed, leaving it cleaner and healthier than a bar of soap running on a treadmill. A tire rotation completes your car's transformation into a fully tuned wheelmobile.
Smith Field Air Service’s CFI-rated instructors impart aspiring aviators with piloting knowhow and transform the cockpit into a classroom as student and teacher take flight. The introductory flight begins with a 30-minute ground session, as flight instructors acquaint amateur aeronauts with basic piloting principles and perform a preflight inspection to evict high-flying hitchhikers. Once airships have been cleared to sail the high skies, pilot and protégé will raise anchor and chart a course for the clouds. During the 30-minute flight, prospective pilots will have a chance to command the controls and perform basic flight maneuvers, such as the wing-tip toe-tap.
During a standard oil change, McMahon Tire & Car Care’s certified mechanics will replace old, worn-out oil with fresh-faced young fluid, straight from lubricant college and ready to take on the heat, dust, and incredible pressures of today's high-octane internal-combustion world. To help new oil adjust to its new job of safeguarding precious moving parts, gaskets, and various shafts, a fresh oil filter is included. Filters are always replaced at the same time as the oil, ensuring that all of the contaminants from old oil are removed from your car's system. Used motor oil must be disposed of properly; the professionals at McMahon follow all disposal protocols to the letter.
Offering a range of services for wheeled whippersnappers, QuikStop provides high-quality care at stopwatch-stupefying speeds. Sate a combustion engine’s crude cravings with fresh high mileage and synthetic oil during QuikStop's 10-minute oil change. Fresh-faced young emollients step in to slicken your motor's innards, keeping dust, metallic shavings, and other contaminants from abruptly halting internal-combustion engine chitchat.
AA Elegant Limo's chauffeurs ensure expedient, luxurious travel for groups looking to cruise streets in comfort and arrive in style. Up to 14 people can pile into the Ford Excursion, a super-long white limo with a fiber-optic mirrored ceiling for a cushy club atmosphere. Like velvet-lined snow pants or the Swiss Family Robinson tree house, the Hummer appeals to those who like a rugged exterior and lush interior. Equipped with a 5,000-watt sound system and two 18-inch subwoofers, the sleek black vehicle pulses electrifying tunes for a raucous party vibe. Both the Excursion and Hummer limos come equipped with flat-screen TVs, beverage coolers, and champagne wells.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change, which helps promote the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car: it cools the motor and helps prevent moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) service vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, technicians perform preventative services such as air-filtration and electrical system maintenance, among others. Jiffy Lube's quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
When it was founded in 1959, Ziebart’s business model hinged on a single service: its innovative rust-prevention procedure. However, the chain has diversified its auto treatments throughout the last five decades. Though the team of certified technicians continues to safeguard vehicles against corrosion, they also protect paint jobs with Z-Shield and Diamond Gloss coatings and render interior fabrics stain-resistant with their house Ultra Fabric Protector formula. They clean and disinfect ride interiors, and hand-wash and machine polish exteriors to a sparkling shine. Beyond up-keeping vehicles, they stock an arsenal of car electronics that run the gamut from remote car starters to in-dash navigation systems, which can help drivers find their way back home without relying on a trail of breadcrumbs.
The first Tuffy Auto Service Center touched down in Detroit in 1970. The shop flourished, and today it has extensions in 15 states. Its ASE-certified technicians tend to all manner of repairs and maintenance services, from basic tire rotations and oil changes to more complex tasks, such as getting all the gummy bears out of the cassette deck. Between visits, car owners can consult Tuffy's list of car-care tips, which includes advice on how to stay on top of seasonal musts and how to keep an ear out for early signs of trouble.
Soap N’ Suds Auto Detailing has been washing, cleaning, and waxing cars, trucks, and boats by hand for the more than 15 years. Whether they're overhauling grime or reinforcing an already brilliant shine, the staffers utilize eco-friendly Meguiar's and Mothers products. As they work, clients and car owners stay cozy in a lobby complete with a TV that streams lives footage of cars singing in the shower.