The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Signature Service oil-change package, which promotes 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 prevents 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) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube’s savants perform air-filtration, electricity, and windshield services, among others. The technicians’ 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.
Tyre Track Automotive Center's six-bay garage bustles with ASE-certified technicians rescuing ailing rides, shuttles running to and from local college campuses, and owner Tim Andrew amicably assisting both staffers and patrons. The hands-on owner has spent years in the auto industry, first manufacturing and selling tires before setting up his own wholesale supply shop more than two decades ago. Since then, Tyre Track Automotive Center has morphed into a full-service auto outfit that doles out routine maintenance services and repair work in addition to its ample stock of rubber wheels. During service appointments, Tim and his crew pull quality automotive products from the shelves, retooling vehicles with Valvoline motor oil, tires from Michelin, and Bosch wiper blades before sealing repair work with a kiss.
Spark Center lights a flame under fitness routines with challenging yet fun workouts designed to coax out both sweat and smiles. Visitors of all ages, sizes, and abilities can flow with the center's laid-back vibes during various yoga classes; those looking to crank up the pace can bounce to the beats of Zumba, which gets bodies moving with sultry Latin music.
Each of Brake King's five locations staff ASE-certified techs who coddle engines with clean oil and bring frazzled wheels and frames into perfect alignment. During each 20- to 30-minute oil change, engines exchange swampy old muck for up to 5 quarts of clean synthetic crude, along with a new filter, guaranteed to keep out clogs caused by incoming dirt, debris, and corn dogs. Technicians then rotate the tires to equalize tread wear and tear, before poking and prodding their way through a precise safety inspection.
Bradley Auto Wash expertly coaxes grime away from cars, turning dirty transporters into shiny motorized chariots. During the Platinum wash, a set of electronic eyes sizes up autos, measuring length, height, and level of filth with robotic precision and calculating the proper amount of soap, wax, and tranquilizer needed to subdue and clean cars. A soft-cloth system then safely cleans vehicular exteriors before stationary fans blow water away at 3,600 RPM. A triple-foam polish ensures that cars glisten like a greased-up bodybuilder, and an undercarriage wash and rust inhibitor blast away winter's clingy salt and head off corrosion. To help cars repel mud, rain, and malevolent fog sprites, Bradley Auto Wash applies a clear-coat protector before giving wheels their own pampering—including a hubcap polish, tire shine, and whitewall cleaning—leaving cars perfectly groomed and ready to impress neighbors and strike shame into the hearts of carjackers.
Deluxe Limousine Service whisks its customers around town in a fleet of 18 extravagant automobiles, including stretch limos, sedans, and more. Traverse urban jungles in a stretch limo ($75 per hour, three-hour minimum), containing rope lighting, ceiling mirrors, privacy glass, and more, or partake in VIP excursions in a professional sedan ($55 per hour, five-hour minimum), perfect for convincing neighbors of your secret-agent double life. A professional, well-dressed chauffeur, with a minimum of three years of experience, ensures passengers enjoy a safe and fun journey from start to finish. Whether driving business associates around to lunchtime paintball tournaments, or escorting decked-out divas to midnight socials, Deluxe's dispatchers send forth its grand ground gliders 24 hours a day, seven days a week, using state-of-the-art technology.
A family-owned company caring for cars since 1988, V & F and its certified auto maestros administer comprehensive services and repairs to keep horseless buggies ready for the road. In an up to 90-minute process, the staff performs a routine maintenance service. They begin by treating bedraggled motors to up to five quarts of thirst-quenching motor oil and topping off fluids such as antifreeze, windshield fluid, and yellow bile to balance out each car’s sensitive humors. The tire rotation ensures wear is distributed evenly, and brake inspection prepares cars for impromptu taco stops. The meticulous car physical also checks the status of belts, hoses, batteries, and more, ensuring extensive automotive safety.
Agawam Tire & Auto soothes serpentine belts, fixes fan blades, and champions car health. During each half-hour oil change, an ATA Performance Automotive–certified mechanic drains a car’s sullied fluid before tenderly replacing it with up to five fresh quarts. Autos emerge with a new filter in place to keep oil clean and block out other motorists' dirty words. After replenishing the car’s blood supply and nursing its filtration system, the auto doctors will lube the chassis and check the front and rear suspension. Agawam Tire & Auto's extant services range from alignments and suspension repair to full engine rebuilding.
Soiled cars enter Soft Touch Auto Wash & Detail Center and emerge cleansed of unsightly grime after a thorough once-over by the center's technicians. During each hand wash, staffers employ elbow grease and torrents of soap and water to wash away gunk from the exterior. They then comb through interiors with a vacuum in search of debris before wiping smudges and film from inner windows and dashboards. Every wash also includes a towel dry that leaves cars glowing, rewarding them for every time they didn't run away from home when parked overnight in the driveway.
The gracious, professionally dressed drivers at Absolute Luxury Transportation chauffeur guests in a suave fleet of late-model limousines. During a four-hour rental, drivers can make stops at up to 10 different residences to pick up passengers, facilitating mobile family reunions or the world's first traveling quilting bee. As they cruise around the city in style, riders can sip brought-along libations courtesy of the company's BYOB policy, providing all the necessities for a classy night about town while also negating the need to find parking, a designated driver, or the ever-elusive jar of Grey Poupon.
After drivers pull up to Executive Valet Parking and hand over the car keys, they can hop on a shuttle bound for Fort Myers International Airport. Rather than waiting for the vehicle to fill up, shuttle drivers depart shortly after the first passengers take their seats. And on arrival, they assist passengers with any necessary luggage maneuvering. As the shuttle makes its rounds, valets park cars in their temporary spaces, where they can slumber peacefully beneath the watchful gaze of up-to-date video surveillance. If desired, technicians can also perform car-care services while owners are off enjoying their travels.
Signature service: General auto repair
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Pro Tip: Feel free to ask questions.
To showcase the skills of his talented detailers, Andrew went on a mission. The owner of Custom Car Detail began searching for the Chevy Camaro his father drove when Andrew was a boy. Although his dad had sold it several years before, Andrew tracked the roadster down through assiduous work. What he saw both heartened and dismayed him. The car was in a state of disrepair, with a crunched front fender and a fading paint job. Where many might have seen broken childhood memories, Andrew saw hope and revived the car to what it is today. Custom Car Detail's main goal is customer service and they strive for perfection in every detail.
OnPoint Connections' skilled technicians tackle a wide range of car, truck, motorcycle, and marine-accessory services, from installing secure remote starters to UV-blocking Solar Gard window tinting. Detailers buff away scratches and grime with hand washing and clay-bar treatments, while electricians turn car interiors into high-tech cockpits with GPS devices, hands-free controllers, and custom structural designs. Upgrades from OnPoint Connections not only enhance the automotive experience, but can also add a touch of aesthetic flair, such as brightening up vehicles with LED lighting kits or adding a hologram Steve McQueen to a motorcycle seat. All techs are knowledgeable about their stock of products, which includes major brands such as Kicker, Kewood, JBL, Pioneer, and Parrot, and can travel to customes' homes to perform mobile services.
At Corky's Auto Parts, Frank Ravenola ably helms the business founded by his father, Carmine, outfitting and maintaining all types of vehicles and farm equipment with top-shelf parts and expert repair. Corky's prides itself on its hardworking employees, who blend an encyclopedic knowledge of all things automotive with neighborly friendliness, just like an assembly-line robot with a good, firm handshake. Its CarQuest affiliation helps the tidy local shop stock its shelves with parts and supplies for almost any make or model, and the store also keeps engines humming and exteriors looking shipshape with onsite paint mixing and machining and special orders of rare or hard-to-find parts.