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Technician checks fluids and vital parts during comprehensive inspection that includes tire rotation and optional oil change
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Dakota Mobile Auto Glass
Technicians repair chipped windows and replace windshields at the location of the customer’s choice.
At The Gas Stop's more than 20 locations across Minnesota and South Dakota, customers can pull into automated car-wash bays, where their cars receive beautifying polishes and foam baths. Gas pumps stand by to replenish tanks, and an indoor deli sates customer appetites for everything from coffee and ice cream to taquitos and salads. The Gas Stop supports good causes throughout its communities, such as the Land O' Lakes Save Five for Schools program, which helps increase school budgets while bringing high-fives back into the K–12 curriculum.
As Silverstar's most senior variety of wash, the Ultimate features extra foam and eight kinds of soap that automatically lather up in anticipation whenever they see a grimy vehicle. Expert hands use high-pressure wands to massage your car's dirty dermis, and an under-body bath tickles your car's sensitive belly until it giggles and spews gas out of its newly gleaming grill. Then, to keep unsightly boots from holding your car hostage, a thorough wheel and tire scrub fits your auto’s feet with like-new shoes. Heated dryers blast chilly cars with warm air, and after the wash, unlimited access to self-service interior vacuums will give Groupon buyers the power to suck up excess dirt, oxygen, and corn-dog hair.
Hunter Automotive owner Jim Hunter has been leading a team of friendly, honest mechanics in the same location for more than 18 years. All technicians are ASE certified and focused on building professional, trusting relationships with customers. Oil changes include a filter replacement and provide up to five quarts of synthetic-blend oil, which is enough for most cars, except for really, really thirsty ones. A friendly mechanic will then administer a pop quiz to newly lubricated autos; the 16-point evaluation includes an engine check to reveal leaks or abnormal noises, inspection of the battery condition and connections, a brake system inspection, and checks of the clutch, hoses, belts, and exhaust.
For more than 50 years, the employees at Get N Go Car Wash—a division of the locally owned Get N Go fuel and convenience stations—have found ways to make people's lives easier. Not only do the automated washes render vehicles squeaky-clean in about 15 minutes, but the company's online car-wash club also lets customers buy packages and manage their accounts 24/7. Some Get N Go locations even offer fresh mixed salads and wraps for hungry, health-conscious travelers or SUVs trying to diet down to compact-car size.
A verdant par 3 course complete with 18 holes, Hidden Valley invites adventurous golfers to crack open a bag of clubs and send their golf balls out to roam the greens in search of the elusive hole in one. Clubbers of every caliber can partner up and enjoy the back and front nines, strolling from hole to hole as they practice putts, collect divots, and scrape a cryptic message into each sand trap. Hidden Valley is owned and managed by the Reiter family, whose golf heritage reaches back to the 1950s, a time when the pros were paid in livestock and Henry Ford had yet to invent the golf cart.
The Wave Auto Wash relies on an industry-standard automatic machine to do the dirty work of cleaning vehicles from every angle. An undercarriage water stream blasts the bellies of cars, removing mud and grime, and the system’s Power Blaster technology expertly eradicates bugs and dust from the car's grill. Precisely placed spouts then spray autos with a choice of a clear coat, spot-free rinse, foam brush, or Tri Gloss solution. Lastly, high-powered blowers eliminate all water droplets, including those hiding between the locks.
Vehicle owners can also take advantage of the shop's self-service stations, each of which comes outfitted with individual washing bays, blowers, and three-motor vacuums that effectively remove crumbs, dirt, and dusty skeletons wedged beneath the seats.
Association Motor Club Marketing has been providing assistance to drivers on the road for 50 years and counting. The AMCM dispatch team connects about 15 million members a year with an array of emergency services. A network of pros will show up and fix a flat tire, make sure there are no snakes curled up in the wheel well, bring some extra fuel, jump-start a dead battery, or get you into your car when you've locked yourself out. The club's memberships aren't only useful in a pinch, however—they also include travel perks such as a trip-routing service and discounts on rental cars and hotels. They also offer an app—AMCM Roadside Assistance—for Apple and Android devices.
The affable staff of Frankman Motor Company tend to a stable of dozens of car makes and models and demonstrate auto expertise with maintenance services. Tune-ups, oil changes, and brake inspections are all performed by ASE-certified technicians to ensure rides run smoothly through hectic commutes, family vacations, and gah-zoline raids from marauding gangs of mutant Australians. Frankman’s fleet of used vehicles includes Fords, Plymouths, and Hyundais, and those looking for a new motor conveyance can peruse Frankman’s ever-changing weekly specials or check out the value of their current car by filling out the online trade-in value-estimate form.
Bill Graham began selling tires in 1951 and started building an empire shortly after. Now owned and operated by his sons, Graham Tire boasts 26 locations, two retreading plants, and more than 400 employees across four states. Each location's ASE-certified technicians keep vehicles operating at peak efficiency by performing preventative maintenance, engine diagnostics, and meticulous repairs for everything from transmissions to suspension systems with their suspenders tangled. The company also upholds its reputation as one of the largest independently owned tire dealerships by routinely outfitting vehicles with treads by various name-brand producers, including Goodyear, Dunlop, and Hankook.
Dakota Mobile Auto Glass owner Kelly Ryan
always has his customers’ convenience in mind. He brings his glass repair; car door repair; and window, mirror, and wiper blade replacement services directly to them, completing most repairs within 24 to 48 hours. He also handles all insurance paperwork necessary to process claims, saving customers the trouble of forging their car’s signatures, and backs all services with a lifetime warranty, which covers normal wear and tear, as well as manufacturer’s defects.
With more than 40 years of experience, the salesmen and mechanics at NB Golf Cars know their way around all kinds of off-road sports, trail, and utility vehicles. In addition to packing their showrooms with the latest commercial and industrial models, they also keep owners motoring smoothly with thorough inspections, tune-ups, and repair services.
As winter’s sinister chill seeks out homes to invade, Cool Operator Heating & Cooling Inc. deploys a troop of licensed technicians to awaken somnolent furnaces so that they may roar once more at peak levels of performance. A gas furnace left out in the cold during the summer months may be ill-prepared to punch the clock for a season’s worth of work, but technicians can capably get it up to speed with an annual system tune-up that tests a wide array of controls and mechanisms. Half-hearted heat anticipators and pressure regulators rekindle their joy for open flames, which spurt through freshly adjusted burners with renewed fervor. Fan and safety controls also get a thorough look-through to lessen the chances of future accidents and discourage burglarizing snowmen from ever shuffling into your toasty home.
Signature service: Brakes and suspension
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Pro Tip: Call ahead
What's one tip for first-time customers that will make them feel like regulars?
Tell our mechanic anything you notice that is wrong with your vehicle.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I have always had a fascination with tearing things and putting them back together.
What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?
I am very personable, and people never expect that from a mechanic.
Heartland Jiffy Lubes enjoy the benefits of being under the Heartland Automotive Services umbrella, putting them in good company along with more than 435 Jiffy Lubes nationwide that service more than five million customers each year. They specialize in the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change, which comes standard with a fresh-from-the-box oil filter and up to 5 quarts of quality motor oil, plus a comprehensive lineup of other vehicle maintenance checkups. Highly trained technicians also perform cosmetic and mechanical services including inspections, emissions testing, transmission service, and counseling for 1960s Corvettes that are going through a mid-life crisis.