A business has to have something special to survive for more than half a century. For Mr. Magic Car Wash, perhaps that thing is a signature blend of nine cleaning solutions that work together to cut through tough road grease and leave vehicles with a glimmering luster. Or perhaps it’s the business's attention to detail, manifested in its soft-cloth hand washes. Either way Mr. Magic has not only survived the passing decades and the end of the DeLorean, it has thrived and expanded, now boasting five Pittsburgh-area locations. Even when sending cars through the automated car-wash tunnel for a quick rinse, Mr. Magic keeps auto owners' interests in mind, spraying fiberglass surfaces with only fresh water and drying them to a spot-free shine with hot air. Extra services, such as underbody flushes and interior and exterior detailing, help enhance each wash, and coats of Magic Repel surface protectant deflect new smudges and wizard spells.
At LaserWash TouchFree CarWash, attendants don't soap up your car?instead, the cleans are administered by scrupulous touch-free automatic bays, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Drivers simply drive inside and follow easy-to-read signs to receive their mechanized pressure washes, which include an underbody spray, a clear coat protectant, and biodegradable soaps and waxes.
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 package, 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—all of which 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 offer 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.
The skilled car whisperers at Grease Monkey perform rejuvenating miracles on all areas of motorized horseless carriages. They'll gladly tackle a full-service oil change ($38 and up), radiator flushing ($90 and up), or automatic transmission servicing ($100 and up). The same professional care given to your car's inner workings carries over to its exterior. Relight a busted headlight or taillight ($10 and up), rotate a set of weary tires ($22), or clear the way for better windshield clearing with a wiper-swap (starting at $13 each).
The certified specialists at Ventilation Purification have a singular vision: to purge buildup from air-circulation systems. Pollen, spores, and dust mites may evade the naked eye, but they cannot escape the swirling vortex of the team's truck-mounted HEPA vacuums. The whooshing of the vacuum machines and sinister humming of the technicians easily overpower tiny airborne miscreants, ultimately bolstering indoor air quality and optimizing energy efficiency.
For passers-by, Anthony Arms is hard to miss, what with a sky-blue-camouflage tank sitting in its parking lot. Walking past the armored vehicle, visitors enter an 1,800-square-foot facility that houses many marksmanship amenities, including a climate-controlled, 16-lane pistol range rated for .22- to .50-caliber fire. Range officers supervise marksmen and lend their expertise during classes, including the NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation and private one-on-one training sessions. Anthony Arms’ expertise also extends to a pro shop where the staff intermingles its display of new and antique munitions with mounted game, including a trophy buck and a bear. Further services include an onsite gunsmith, as well as range memberships that extend amenities such as free range time and daily wake-up calls from Bruce Willis.