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 Center's 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.
Spearheaded by a team of local automotive aficionados, CCA Motorsport safeguards vehicles throughout Alaska with an array of protective and detailing services. A clear, robust urethane film can shield paint from debris that flies up from the asphalt or over from roadside boomerang stands, and window tinting reduces glare by deflecting UV rays. Techs also draw on years of experience and professional training to gussy up buggies with hand washes, sealants, and other meticulous detailing services.
John Schwartz, the owner of Perfectionist Auto Sound & Security, is running out of shelf space for all of his awards. With accolades such as one of Mobile Electronics Retailer of the Year award recipients, 2010-2011 Retailer of the Year award, and Best Car Customizer, the shop and its staff have perfected the art of whipping whips into stylish shape. Perfectionist’s services run the gamut from remote car-starter and audio-system installation to custom fabrications and lighting. An online gallery shows off some of the technicians’ best work.
At Lithia Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge of Anchorage a team of auto experts equips patrons with new and used vehicles from its namesake brands. Factory-trained technicians remain on-hand to perform maintenance services on all makes and models, keeping automobiles working like new so that drivers don’t have to buy a new car every time they hit a pothole. Their lifetime oil and filter service lets drivers prepay for the oil they need over their car’s natural lifespan. Each oil change brings with it a multipoint inspection to ensure that headlamps, wiper blades, emergency breaks, and horns stay healthy and operational.
Constantly fixing up used autos on the lot and emboldened by the omnipresent new-car smell, the dealership’s certified automotive professionals keep their wrenches oiled and their eagle eyes peeled, eager to restore cars of any stripe to roadworthiness. The cadre of mechanics pulls from 125 years of combined experience to repair ailing starters, haggard engines, and discourteous cup holders. Sedans, coupes, and SUVs confidently whir back into action after 27-point inspections that interrogate everything from tire wear and brakes to squeaky drive belts and misfiring spark plugs.
Ace Automotive's pea-green paint job guarantees customers will notice the shop as they cruise down the road, just as the ASE-certified technicians working inside guarantee a job well done each and every time. Inside, the crew handles all automotive needs, from changing, rotating, and repairing tires to draining sludgy oil from the engine and uncovering potential problems with computer diagnostics. They also roll out of the garage with tools in tow to deliver low-cost roadside repairs or motivational speeches for new drivers afraid to switch lanes. Ace Automotive keeps customers happy with guarantees on all of its repair and maintenance services.
The professional staff at Car Toyz overhauls vehicular cosmetics with a portfolio of tinting, remote starting, and multimedia upgrades. Window-tinting services carry a lifetime warranty for the carefully applied films, designed to diffuse annoying glares and slowly reveal secret identities to drive-thru workers. As the sun sets, high-intensity headlights illuminate obstructions in ample time and heated seats help make waiting for the hot air less unpleasant. Remote starters conjure visions of the future as they set pistons pumping from up to one mile away, and mobile video installations let toddlers catch the morning milk prices during the preschool commute.