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'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.
The staff at Cascade Auto Glass fits car frames with a meticulous process perfected during more than 750,000 windshield replacements, all adhering to Auto Glass Safety Council standards. Cascade's choice of top-quality urethane adhesives allows drivers to get back on the road sooner without sacrificing a reliable grip, and OEM-quality glass shares an identical structure, density, and love of parking-permit stickers as cars' factory-installed glass. A nationwide warranty stands behind the quality materials and workmanship of each service.
Armed with advanced cleaning techniques and backed by 32 years of experience, the team at Professional Auto Detailing transforms dingy jalopies into noble roadsters during a detailing spree that lasts two–three hours. After climbing inside the car, hungry vacuums poke their nozzles into bucket seats and plastic crannies to fill their ballooning bellies with cabin leftovers. Hands painstakingly wipe crumbs from dashboards and consoles and clean windows inside and out, erasing any fingerprints or bird droppings that would hinder passengers in their efforts to wink at truckers. A manual wash gently and thoroughly scrubs grit and dust from the exterior, preparing the auto's body for a layer of protective, high-gloss wax that's completely free of corn syrup. For an additional $25, customers can upgrade to Professional Auto Detailing's mobile service to have their vehicle detailed on any driveway or parking lot in Anchorage.
The experienced auto physicians at McClain's Car Doctor attend to domestic and imported autos with a wide variety of services to keep them road-ready and purring happily. Treating your street schooner to a 15-minute standard oil change allows it to slurp down up to five quarts of Napa Havoline oil, leaving it too full to graze on parking meters or tandem bicycles . McClain's diligent detectives examine each vehicle, popping the hoods and checking fluids, belts, and hoses for leaks. Highway stallions are hoisted into the air like graceful 2-ton ballerinas, allowing brakes and drivelines to undergo thorough inspections for suspicious activity. Vehicles that do not currently burn oil earn a 3,000-mile warranty and license to roam the open road.
Owner Shawn Martinez’s love affair with cars started with a simple brake service on his dad’s Cadillac. After jacking up the car and removing the wheels, Shawn’s father turned over the vehicle to his son, who proceeded to take things apart and put them back together at a leisurely pace. As he was teaching himself, Shawn forgot to bleed the brakes (a lesson his father quickly corrected) and since then has been tinkering with roadsters of all makes, models, colors, and complexities. Now an ASE-certified technician with 15 years of professional experience, he uses only Carquest- and NAPA-certified parts, and offers support to customers on fixed or limited incomes. Available services include preventative maintenance, tire rotations, and work on the steering, brakes, and suspension—a job normally performed by high-school principals when a student drives his car down the hallway instead of walking to third period like the rest of us.
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.