The auto-enthused professionals at Highline Imports welcome both domestic and foreign motors into their service shop. Trained mechanics will refill your vehicle's cache of go-juice with either regular oil or its simulated twin, greasing the engine of your motorized, windowed scooter and reducing friction between bickering crank shafts and pistons arguing about the merits of AM versus FM radio.
Travels In Wine Tours' co-founders, Kimberlee Young and Derek Schuler, share their love of wine, food, and travel with curious tourists through tours designed and led by certified sommeliers. Epicurean scenic tours of boutique wineries, personalized luxury Napa vacations, and custom weekend getaways marry viticultural education with flavorful indulgence as guests take in picturesque panoramas of vineyards that stretch to the horizon before curving upward and forming bridges to the moon.
Rick Fedorovich, City Automotive's owner/operator, spent his childhood admiring fine vehicles and rebuilding classic cars, eventually enrolling in the Automotive Training Center to turn his beloved hobby into a lifelong career. Rick put in 25 years of running repair shops, mastering advanced repair techniques and automotive psychoanalysis before finally setting up shop in Greensboro, where he oversees a team of ASE-certified mechanics. This crew extends the life of vehicles with everything from routine oil changes and tire rotations to more existential engine problems that require sophisticated diagnostics equipment.
There are plenty of automotive centers that altogether neglect environmental concerns. Not Honest-1 Auto Care. The Environmentally Sustainable Actions-certified automotive-care center sees to the longevity of cars with a slate of traditional services, and they also focus on pollution prevention, recycling, and resource conservation. Their respect for the comfort of Mother Nature dovetails with their efforts to make patrons comfortable during services. Honest-1 offers complimentary shuttle services to nearby areas. But for those waiting, they'll find the comfort of a large, tiled lobby, granite countertops, a seating area filled with leather couches and flat-screen televisions, and an Internet café with clean restrooms. Patrons can take advantage of a coffee bar and complimentary beverages or a large, secured children's play area, where kids waiting for their Hot Wheels to get a tune-up read Car and Driver Junior Edition. While guests wait in comfort, the careful, experienced technicians evaluate, quote, and fix problems—all while recycling oils, fluids, and coolants.
The mobile mechanics of John O'Brian Auto Care travel to customers' locations to lather crusty cars and perform oil changes with synthetic-blend oil. During the 30-minute gold-service wash, technicians scrub the frame with soapy water, dry it with a towel, and shield their eyes from the blinding glow. Next, they scrub the tires into brimming black and silver, awaken fogged-up windows, and nosedive inside with a vacuum aimed at every crevice and seat cushion. Dashboards and center consoles spring to life resuscitated by sponges, and spot checks on the carpet and seats target recently spilled drinks, grease, or party-size cans of beans.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil-Change package, which helps promote 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 helps prevent moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians—all of which have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)—service vehicles at Jiffy Lube. In addition to performing oil changes, technicians offer preventative services such as air-filtration and electrical-system maintenance, among others. Jiffy Lube’s quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.