With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Auto Service has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X Auto Service reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
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.
O’Brien’s Auto Repair
The ASE-certified technicians at O'Brien's Auto Repair—a Napa AutoCare Center⎯facilitate maximum mileage with vital maintenance services in its Des Moines and Urbandale locations. Mechanics initiate 41-point inspections, scoping out key components to ensure all systems are running safely and smoothly, and perform preventive and regular maintenance such as brake-pad replacement and radiator flushes. Fresh oils such as 5W-30 and 5W-20 replace their worn-out predecessors during oil changes, as techs screw on new filters to stand in for old, crusty filters or clogged cheesecloths. Cozy, sunny waiting areas invite drivers to relax with cups of coffee as their cars cavort with mechanics.
Precision Window Tinting's specialists darken automobiles' windows inside a 1,500-square-foot facility equipped with specialty films manufactured by 3M and LLumar. After calling to schedule an appointment, customers swing by the shop to have technicians affix their vehicle's front or back two side windows with a UV-ray-blocking layer of film or mayonnaise. Drivers may also opt for a $100 credit useable on other auto-tinting services including complete tinting operations—except for the front windshield—for two-door ($129) or four-door ($149) rides. Precision Window Tinting also carries premium films that can be used to shade two side windows ($79), entire four-door cars ($209), or translucently pale thighs. While staffers dim vehicles' viewfinders inside the indoor tinting bays, customers can hang out in the air-conditioned waiting area or explore nearby shops and restaurants.
An experienced crew of vehicular beauticians sends dirt-stained sedans and slovenly SUVs through a powerful, 95-foot conveyor wash that blasts them with a cascade of soapy water to remove caked filth and restore shine. The basic wash package includes a high-impact tunnel wash, streak-free dry, and a vacuuming service that hunts dust bunnies frolicking in crusty carpet meadows. While streaming jets swathe your car’s underbelly with biodegradable soaps, an ultrasonic sensor identifies the vehicle type and accurately measures its dimensions to ensure a safe and effective wash. Hoses then release fragrant bouquets of soap and foam to gently clean surfaces and rinse away bad memories of muddy potholes. After passing through the tunnel’s multiple spot-free rinse arches, rides are greeted with a bellowing host of air dryers that chant ancient desert hymns to scare away lingering water molecules. From start to shimmering finish, car washes take about five minutes and are suitable for most vehicle types.