The technicians at Mr. Tire maintain and repair more than three million cars a year, replenishing oil and rotating tires for sustained, smooth vehicle performance. During the oil change and tire rotation, technicians outfit autos with new oil filters and keep engines purring with up to five quarts of conventional oil. Mr. Tire’s technicians also inspect tires’ air- and peer-pressure levels, then rotate tires before bad influences can convince them to shoplift broken glass. A brake inspection acts as a reflex test for cars, keeping vehicles’ reaction times sharp.
A.T.C. Flight Training Center has guided fledgling pilots through the skies with FAA-certified instruction since 1991, emphasizing good judgment, quick decision making, and practical skill. With approval from the Secret Service and FBI, and permission slips signed by their mothers, the seasoned instructors teach their flight courses in an airborne classroom high above the Potomac River. They lay out a clear path for students to earn FAA private-pilot certification through classroom lectures, hands-on flight instruction, and the Jeppesen ground and flight syllabus. Flight lessons aboard the center's two Cessna 172 planes cover basic flight techniques, such as fending off territorial weather balloons, before moving on to jaunts to other airports, night flying, and more advanced skills.
Already experienced pilots can instead embark on leisurely trips in a Cessna 182, outfitted with GPS navigation and autopilot. At the center's shop, staffers further outfit pilots with headsets, charts, and approach plates, as well as ASA training materials, aviation books, and films about flight.
Chariots For Hire charters groups of all sizes around the DC area in vehicles driven by professionally-trained chauffeurs. Whether heading to the airport to catch a flight, or embarking on a tour of nearby Dry Mill Vineyards and Tarara Winery, customers can expect to decompress in the back of a clean vehicle while the driver takes care of traffic, directions, and trying to get truck drivers to blow their horns. Chariots For Hire's fleet consists of luxury sedans, stretch limos, and charter busses—fully equipped with sound and DVD technology— that can accommodate up to 57 passengers. In addition to driving for weddings, concerts, and business meetings, drivers also charter day trips such as the aforementioned winery tours or historical tours of DC, led by knowledgeable guides that wax poetic on the history and landmarks of the nation's capital.
Prestige Auto Detailing’s technicians will travel to your driveway to give your car a cosmetic overhaul using earth-friendly cleaning products. The staff offers three detail packages; the basic corrects everyday dirt and wear, while the more advanced signature detail includes clay bar and conditioners. To have your car further whipped into showroom state, you can request service add-ons such as carnauba paste waxing, machine compounds, and engine details. Detailers can accommodate appointment requests 24 hours a day, in case your car needs coddling after a nightmare in which it showed up to a driving exam wearing nothing but windshield dice.
With participating locations nationwide, Auto Care Special lets customers reach out to their local garages for a grab bag of free and discounted maintenance services. Cards may be redeemed for multiple vehicles over the course of one year for services such as oil changes, safety inspections, and engine-light diagnoses. Those who move or create alter-egos over the course of the year can scan the locations page for participating garages in their new cities of residence to receive a complimentary maintenance bundle.
With lube and service centers spread across America, Valvoline Instant Oil Change ensures that roads from coast to coast teem with automotive vigor. Certified technicians perform a roster of services, including drive-thru oil changes that allow motorists to arrive without an appointment and remain in their car while Valvoline oils forge a truce between metal parts.