Speedee Oil Change first opened its doors more than 30 years ago, right around the time when corner gas stations began trading their garage bays for the wide aisles and refrigerators of a mini mart. With automotive service stations in decline, the first location in Metairie, Louisiana, stepped in to take care of car owners with simple lube jobs and general tune-ups. Speedee expanded to offer a full range of services including working on brakes, power steering, and transmissions, among other things. Locally owned franchises now service roadsters in 20 states, supplying drivers with ASE–certified technicians who pamper vehicles with 17-point oil changes and immunizations against rusty nails.
In 1950, John Searcy loaded up his pickup truck with car batteries and began peddling his wares to wholesalers. Two years later, John formalized his operation and began Interstate All Battery Center, a battery retailer and service center that spans the continent from Austin to Anchorage powering cars, hearing aids, and cameras. Interstate All Battery Center charges gadgets and vehicles with more than 16,000 types of power solutions, and eases environmental taxes on the planet with a robust battery-recycling system. In a year, Interstate All Battery Center recycled 850 million pounds of batteries—just enough energy to grant immortality to one Furby.
The knowledgeable technicians at Mountain View Tire keep cars running reliably with tire maintenance and other auto services, from basic oil changes to computerized engine analysis. Onsite emission testing keeps drivers on the road, and air-conditioning maintenance prevents cars from veering into roadside waterfalls during warm weather. The shops stock all major tire brands, such as Goodyear and Michelin, and adeptly service most makes and models.
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.
Named best repair shop in Western North Carolina each of the past five years by Mountain Xpress, Organic Mechanic earns acclaim by repairing vehicles of all makes and models while recycling sensitive materials and performing other green shop practices. Today's deal gets motorists up to four oil changes and visual inspections, which can be redeemed for multiple vehicles or used to keep one buggy in tip-top shape for up to a year, depending on driving habits and the size of the car's bladder. With each oil change at the Organic Mechanic, drivers take part in a recycling loop that helps protect the environment. After ASE-certified technicians drain dirty oil, they ship the used lubricant out to be re-refined. Mechanics drain oil filters of residual oil, shred them, and recycle them as bedding material for newborn scooters. Technicians then outfit vehicles with a new oil filter and up to six quarts of re-purified oil.
Hunter Auto Group's three locations throughout Asheville and Hendersonville house hundreds of new and used vehicles by manufacturer including Hyundai, Nissan, Subaru, and Volvo. Experienced staffers roam the quarters, readily available to help customers to pick out a car and formulate a finance plan. Each Hunter Auto Group location also features a certified service department open six days a week where patrons can bring their cars in for maintenance, replacements parts, or a relaxing underbelly rub.