From a single shop in Sturgis, Michigan, Auto-Lab has grown into a full-service franchise that cares for cars' every nook and cranny. Each location's ASE-certified technicians keep autos flourishing with regular maintenance check-ups, helping identify and stave off problems before they metastacize. These experts peer into the dark abyss under the hood, employing high-tech diagnostic tools to identify and repair computerized engine issues, and keep tabs on brakes before they seize up and stop you just as you're about to break the sound barrier. In addition, they guarantee all services for 12 months or up to 12,000 miles.
Servicing the west-Michigan area for more than 90 years, Ronda Truck Center revitalizes ailing autos with thorough services performed by ASE-certified mechanics. Treat your horseless carriage to a standard oil change, which replaces up to 6 quarts of oil with the viscosity grade based on manufacturer recommendations, and includes a new oil filter to keep operation as smooth as a freshly ironed ceiling tile. Next, technicians ensure car innards are working competently with a 17-point inspection, exhaustively examining the key components of a working vehicle with a heptadecegon-toothed comb, before easing road-rash and promoting even wear with a soothing tire rotation. A visual brake inspection rounds out the package, providing peace of mind for drivers, lending them the confidence to run errands and pop triple-axel wheelies with aplomb.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Performance Plus Quick Lube's team of trained technicians is well-versed in the most common oil myths and uses that knowledge during regular oil changes to transform coughing engines into efficient, long-lasting, high-performance car-hearts. After expunging the contaminated sludge from the engine’s crankcase, the Performance pit crew enlists up to five quarts of Quaker State Enhanced Durability synthetic blend motor oil for a three-month (or 3,000-mile) tour of lubrication duty that eases piston pounding and traps engine dirt in suspended animation. Once they've installed a new oil filter, they'll top off the car's coolant, power steering fluid, and umbrella drink.
Burton Street Car Care Center’s vehicle-improvement technicians care for automobiles’ internal components and scour their exteriors with thorough car-wash services. During a Pennzoil Gold oil change, engine goo that's past its prime is replaced with up to 5 quarts of the fresh stuff, helping maintain an automobile’s functionality and youthful spirit. A 20-point inspection places auto experts in a position to peek at the various mechanical parts that might someday go kaput, just in case that day is two days before tomorrow. Following the inspection, Burton Street’s Ultimate wash tenderly scrubs a vehicle’s visible surfaces of dirt and grime before a spray-on application of Blue Coral wax, which is wiped away by hand with a soft cloth, adds an impressive shine. Twelve complimentary vacuums are available for guests to conclude the visit, great for those with pet mammoths shedding their winter coats.
AAA-approved Community Automotive Repair has been revving engines since 1975, garnering a nod for "Best Auto Repair" from Grand Rapids Magazine readers in 2010. During a winter service package, qualified grease monkeys service engines with up to 5 quarts of fresh conventional oil, though an additional charge is required for synthetic oil and European models. After coddling coupes with a tire rotation and comprehensive maintenance inspection, ignition improvers finish the service by replacing wiper blades. Vans and sedans leave the lot hand-washed and shiny, ready to brave winter elements and obliterate low vehicular self-esteem.