At Tuffy's, motor-vehicle caregivers spruce up patrons' horseless carriages and prepare them for a new season of dutiful service. After installing a new oil filter, auto artisans remove the old sludgy glop clogging the car's arterial system and replace it with up to five quarts of 5W-30 or 5W-20 conventional motor oil (a $31.99 value; diesel or synthetic oil costs extra). The staff will also rotate tires to prepare four-wheeled wonders for safe gliding (a $12 value) and perform an inspection to make sure air-conditioning systems are functioning properly to bring riders to the brink of coolness faster than Fonzie’s leather jacket ($9.99). Finally, a pair of fresh wiper blades (up to 22")—grown locally by organic-blade farmers—supplants worn-out window-rubbers ($22) and a specialist conducts an extensive 41-point maintenance inspection.
Signature service: Tires, lube, oil, filter, brakes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Goodyear, Monroe, Napa, Carquest, Michelin, Continental
From lubing diesel and gas engines to repairing the clutch on a car or truck, the technicians at Auto Mechanic Shop wield the knowledge and equipment necessary to address vehicular problems of all kinds. Using computer diagnostics, the savvy techs can evaluate engine performance across a wide range of makes and models or help prospective car owners to inspect a vehicle before they purchase it. The shop also offers towing services throughout Central Florida, should cars break down on the road or refuse to leave the Denny’s parking lot.
For more than 20 years, At Your Service Import Auto Repair has reinvigorated vehicles with new parts and fresh oils, specializing in the upkeep of European and Asian makes and models. The skilled technicians assess performance issues and return cars to the road with deft repairs. Among the shop’s maintenance services, booster shots of conventional oil and synthetic lube help engines maintain their tolerance for extreme temperatures and ability to perform CPR on overworked pistons.
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 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, battery, and transmission services, among others. The technicians' quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, only complete a service after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
Most auto shops have a waiting room where patrons can relax in a plush chair and watch TV while their car is serviced. Tennis Garage—which hasn’t moved since it opened in 1957—does one better by augmenting the typical waiting-room experience with a driving range and a game room complete with a pool table that converts into a ping-pong table. While drivers take advantage of these diversions, the shop’s ASE-certified mechanics set to work, treating rides to a slew of automotive maintenance and repair services including oil changes, tune-ups, brake repair, and heating and cooling services. They enlist the electronic expertise of computerized diagnostic equipment to quickly identify problems in order to keep domestic and foreign vehicles driving smoothly and not at war with each other.