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 brake-line repair and replacement, ABS diagnosis and repair, and adjustments that come with 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.
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.
Innovative Automotive specializes in the careful coddling of cars and light trucks while maintaining stellar standards of customer service. An under-hood expert fills engines with up to 5 fresh quarts of house-brand oil, which pistons describe as a dark burgundy with notes of oak and strawberry and technicians replace oil filters, lube the chassis, and—if necessary—top off fluids. The air-conditioning service entails a check of the climate control’s system pressure, component function, interior temperature, and flow across the condenser, with an added inspection of the entire A/C system for leaks. During a brake job, horseless-carriage whisperers turn rotors, replace brake pads, and clean and adjust all brake hardware. All the services take between one and two hours and leave the most mobile member of your family ready to best your neighbor's unicycle in a wheelie contest.
Outfitting autos in Oklahoma for 40 years, Bob Moore Auto Group has since expanded its services to Lone Star–state motorists seeking reliable care for their rides. Auto sprucing treatments commence by quenching thirsty tanks with a standard oil change followed by a burst of tire-boosting nitrogen, which results in more uniform wear and better gas mileage than tires filled with heavy regret. Once greased and plump, cars get a multipoint probe to inspect batteries, belts, and breaks, and they get wiper blade and defroster checks. Heaters and hoses get equal scrutiny, and tapped antifreeze and other fluids are replenished. Once complete, the ASC-certified technicians send drivers on their way with an emergency-kit list that will come in handy in case of roadside breakdowns or the occasional wrong turn into a rancor pit.
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.