At Carolina Ford Dealers, highly trained motor medics upgrade the performance of inefficient engines with the Works Fuel Saver Package, which, according to EPA estimates, can lead to improved fuel economy for most vehicles. The Works Fuel Saver Package begins with a multipoint inspection, during which eagle-eyed vehicle vets scour belts, brakes, and hoses to spot trouble areas and chase out nests of feral mud flaps. Then, grimy engine lifeblood is cleansed with up to five quarts of Motorcraft Synthetic Blend Oil and a Motorcraft Oil Filter. Car caretakers also rotate tires and check air filters to ensure the engine breathes air untainted by lint, dust, or dander from the Wooly Mammoth living in the trunk. Finally, auto jockeys test the battery’s lifespan before topping off the car’s fluids and clasping it in a prolonged goodbye hug. Customers must use their first package by February 10, 2012, and the following two within a year of their initial use. As an added perk to this deal, customers that redeem in August will get a $10 rebate through FordOwner.com.
The technicians at MasterCare Automotive have everything a busted car needs, from wrenches to the latest diagnostic technology. In addition to preventative maintenance services—such as oil changes, air-filter inspections, and tune-ups—they nurse ailing transmissions, brakes, and water pumps back to health. They back their services with 12-month or 12,000-mile warranties, which they ratify by burning a tower of tires.
"Car detailing is an art," according to Small Change's vehicular professionals, and this philosophy is backed up by their fastidious attention to detail and devotion to customer education. On location or at their headquarters, the technicians not only hand wash, wax, vacuum, and squeegee, but consult with customers post-treatment on best practices for keeping autos glossy and clean. Treatments are available individually or in packages, and a budget-conscious membership plan helps customers quit the necessity of getting only a quarter of their vehicle cleaned per visit.
Happy Car Express Wash revives dingy roadsters with three-minute, high-pressure baths in automatic car-wash bays. Under the guidance of helpful attendants, customers steer vehicles into wide washing stations for a Hip & Happy bath complete with triple-foam polish, underbody scrub, and a stylish up-do. As customers sit in the dry comfort of their car, jets of pressurized water target caked-on grime on the car exterior, and a glaze of tire shine brings out each road donut's glossy midnight sheen and helps prevent cracking, fading, and hardening of the treaded rubber. After a windy pass under turbo dryers, autos can cruise over to one of 12 complimentary DIY vacuuming stations to cleanse interiors of crumbs before they spontaneously generate back into cognizant PB&Js.