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.
In Hunter Volvo of Asheville’s service center, technicians tend to a variety of automotive ailments, including electrical systems, brakes, and transmissions, with service and repair. Out front, new and pre-owned Volvos and other vehicles flaunt their shiny exteriors and well-oiled components. Hunter Volvo of Asheville offers a free shuttle for customers to take advantage of while their cars are under service.
Car owners who need their vehicles spruced up could head to Wicked Auto Detailing's two locations, or they could allow detailers to come to them. That's because the company, in business for almost two decades, dedicates itself to impeccable service. This includes on-location detailing, hand washing, and personal attention to each vehicle down to reading it bedtime stories.
Owner Marcy Lanier and her crew of stylists take pride in creating the right cut and color for each of their clients at Willows Dream. During appointments, they apply their collective creative energy to help each person look and feel their best with a hairdo that flatters both their face shape and personality. Meanwhile, the team's aesthetician, Ginger, tends to the rest of the body's beauty needs, performing quick waxing treatments, vegan mani-pedis, and Xtreme Lashes eyelash applications. Her caring, professional touch has resulted in regular clients, and even earned her a spot on Mountain Xpress' Best of WNC 2012 list.
After treatments, guests can peruse the inviting gift boutique, a destination in itself, which is stocked with whimsical accessories, jewelry, local art, and high-quality hair products.