An ASE-certified facility that welcomes cars of all makes and models, Euro Motors, Inc. boasts certified technicians who use advanced diagnostics and equipment for everything from simple tune-ups to large-scale repairs. They perform both maintenance services—including oil changes and computerized diagnostics—and advanced jobs, such as complete rebuilds. Whether it's faulty brakes, a broken air conditioner, or busted shocks, the technicians tackle the job with aplomb. They also conduct used-car inspections to help potential buyers determine whether a prospective car is in good shape and to ensure it isn't a horse in disguise.
Located in Sears stores or at adjacent offices, Sears Optical's independent optometrists screen peepers to determine accurate prescriptions and diagnose any health problems. As doctors position a refractive device over the eyes, flipping through lenses of varying strengths, patients describe the level of clarity with which they can see the purple zebra dancing in the far corner. In addition to the prescriptive exam, doctors may use eye drops to dilate the pupil to scrutinize the retina.
At each of their nine area locations, Denver Car Care technicians keep motorists scooting along safely in freshly lubricated, repaired, and tuned-up automobiles. The team stays up on modern techniques for everything from major transmission overhauls to routine maintenance jobs, such as changing oil, rotating tires, and giving pep talks to depressed pistons. They're also ready with advice for vehicle owners plagued by common car maladies, including problems with the mufflers or batteries.
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with professional brake services including a lifetime warranty on parts, labor and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, suspension repair, and belt replacement.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Signature Service Oil Change package, which promotes 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 prevents moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube's savants perform air-filtration, electricity, and windshield services, among others. The technicians' quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, only complete a service after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
Developed by Colorado racecar drivers Denise Longwell and Christine Jerritts, the Wheels in Heels driving clinic aims to empower everyday women at the horseless helm. During clinics, highly trained instructors illustrate how to recover automotive control during all sorts of emergency situations, such as skidding, brake failure, and jaywalking chickens. Because the goal of the clinic is to prepare you for real-life collision avoidance, you'll learn to master the maneuvers from the familiar confines of your own car, although if you seek vehicle versatility or don't own a four-wheeled wagon, you can call ahead to see about reserving one of the event's sponsored chariots. Before you head to the racetrack for hands-on practice, you'll get to show off your fashionable footwear by throwing up your feet during a short classroom orientation.