The Automotive Service Excellence–certified technicians at Samstone Auto Repair and Spa keep cars in pristine condition both underneath the hood and in the minds of admiring onlookers. When drivers get stranded on the roadway or hear a mysterious noise emanating from the car's engine, they can look to the team for services that span from oil changes to transmission work. Recognizing the importance of a vehicle's appearance, the company also offers wash-and-detail jobs, which allow owners to take pride in their gleaming chariots with no effort required.
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, only complete a service after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
Since 1988, Auto Care Super Saver has been helping car owners save cash with maintenance punch cards redeemable at local auto shops throughout the course of a full year. These cards come loaded with all kinds of prepaid services, including at least three full-service oil changes with up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a new filter. Depending on the location, punch cards may also feature tire rotations, brake inspections, engine-light readings, air-conditioning performance tests, and other repairs and inspections essential to a car's well-being. Customers can transfer the punch card's benefits to any ride, ranging from station wagons to sports cars to feral merry-go-round mounts.
A line of BMWs, Porsches, and Rolls-Royce luxury saloons dominates the pavement, the sun glistening off their shining bodies and attracting even the shiest eye. This isn't the Geneva Motor Show, but rather the grounds of Dallas European Auto, where certified master technicians nurse ailing European autos back to health. After free estimates, they go to work, with services ranging from brake-system checks and drivetrain work to heating and cooling calibration. Though they specialize in tinkering with autos from Western Europe’s finest constructors, they can also deftly service domestic cars, imports from other regions, or Yugos moonlighting as bumper cars. Shuttles pick up and drop off customers as they wait for their trusty autos to emerge from the garage, and a no-charge pickup and drop-off service scoops up rides within a 5-mile radius.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Centers’ mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.