Indy Ink and Toner stocks premium-quality ink cartridges from brands such as Canon, Dell, and HP that are compatible with printers of all persuasions. The ink emporium also maintains a fleet of top-brand laser toners, and offers ink refills to extend cartridges’ life expectancy and reduce their environmental impact. After sending newly purchased or refilled cartridges out into the world, the shop helps guests experiencing any difficulty with a slew of troubleshooting tips on the FAQ page. There, cartridge-owners and extraterrestrials who are bad at researching for an upcoming invasion can learn how to clean print heads or get sharper quality from their printers.
So established is Circle K Midwest that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.
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, 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 who 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 perform 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.
Auto-Lab of Avon’s ASE-certified technicians demonstrate confidence in their services by including a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty with every repair. As part of a decades-old franchise with locations in five states, they have access to the latest computerized diagnostic equipment, allowing them to identify problems early and accurately and giving them a powerful lobbying ally for when smartphones are elected to Congress. However, Auto-Lab of Avon’s goal is to avoid the need for repairs in the first place through meticulous regular maintenance and inspections. To this end, their auto-care clubs provide customers with free or discounted maintenance services, such as oil changes, tire rotations, and tire repair, as well as discounts on parts and labor.
When Mike's Carwash first opened in 1948, it was one of only 18 carwash businesses in the United States. Today, the family-owned establishment keeps the 65-year-old tradition of gussying up automobiles alive at 42 locations throughout the Midwest. At each location, accommodating staffers stand by to assist customers during the cleaning process. Decked out in cartoon neckties, the cheerful team ushers cars into computer-controlled washers that eschew traditional gear-operated brushes and baseball bats in favor of controlled sprays and soft cloths. After the mixture of eight signature soaps de-grimes surfaces, 200-miles-per-hour gusts of hot air dry vehicles instantly. Mike's also offers specialty coats to give car exteriors and tires additional shine.