The Jiffy Lube Signature Service oil change comes standard with a fresh-from-the-box oil filter and up to 5 quarts of motor oil, plus a comprehensive lineup of other vehicle-maintenance checkups, an exterior window wash, and interior floor vacuum. Trained technicians entreat cars to say "Ahh," before quenching automotive thirst with a refill of transmission, differential, transfer-case, power-steering, and windshield-washer fluids. A detailed inspection enforces the well-behaved manners of the antifreeze and coolant reservoirs, engine air-filtration system, serpentine belts, wiper blades, and exterior lights. By evenly distributing the weight across each tire, a fresh tire rotation helps to minimize wear and tear, maximize traction, and avoid the need to conceal balding tires with cumbersome toupees. Though Heartland Automotive Services Jiffy Lube sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
Town East Ford's service center employs a team of factory-trained technicians ready to keep vehicles of all makes and models running and rolling smoothly. The 60-minute service begins with an oil change, where mechanics convince engines to spit out their soiled crude and gulp a fresh batch of conventional motor oil. While autos hang in the air atop a lift bay, staffers rotate tires to balance tread-wear and run through a multipoint inspection to check for potential issues or accumulations of orange cones in the wheel wells. A complimentary car wash cleanses exteriors of built-up dirt and grime, sending cars on their way with a factory-fresh finish. As customers wait to be reunited with their four-wheeled babies, they can run errands with the help of Town East Ford's courtesy shuttle or practice advanced thumb-wrestling moves on their nondominant hand.
If it rolls, there's a good chance the technicians at DFW Camper Corral can improve upon it. Their stock of camper shells and tonneau covers from A.R.E., SnugLid, and BakFlip fit diverse models with flat makes or styles with aerodynamic curves, ideal for when trucks need to visit their second cousins, airplanes. After protecting upholstery with Llumar window tints or outfitting rides with car and truck accessories, the techs can even safeguard their handiwork with alarm systems and other high-tech gadgets.
Trophy Nissan and its team of 20 ASE- and Nissan-certified technicians outfit autos with full-service tune-ups, oil changes, and cleanings. Service commences inside the 44,000-square-foot facility with an oil and filter change, reenergizing operating systems with life-sustaining fluids. A tire rotation distributes wear and tear on all four pavement pounders, keeping the car driving as smoothly as a baby covered in high-performance motor oil. Additionally, multipoint probing searches for mechanical problems simmering below a soon-to-be-gleaming car surface, which is soon to be enhanced by an interior suction of lingering dust mites.
A family business for more than 70 years, Crack Doctor secures chips in windshield glass and backs the service with a warranty that lasts as long as the customer owns their vehicle. During repairs that last roughly 20-minutes, skilled technicians thoroughly clean the area, before injecting a special adhesive into quarter-sized craters caused by airborne rocks or sneezing tollbooths. Ultraviolet light is then applied to the area to cure the resin, leaving behind a secure glass surface that appears almost chip-less. By stabilizing the chip without removing the windshield, the factory seal is left intact and the damage is stymied before it can expand into larger cracks or space-folding wormholes that may necessitate total replacement.
For more than 25 years, the authorized 3M window-tinting experts at MoonShadow Window Tinting have masked cars in decorative and protective window tints that tote the Skin Cancer Foundation's seal of recommendation. They wrap windows in 3M FX HP hybrid films, engineered to maintain visibility while still rejecting up to 55% of incoming heat and up to half of light. Interiors can be outfitted with NOC Vinyl covers, which protect dashboards while maintaining the aesthetic integrity of interior wood-grain or carbon-fiber designs. Additionally, car bodies can be wrapped in NanoShield protective covers, which block debris, gravel, and other dangers from the car’s body to prevent damage to its paint or self-esteem.