Most of the automotive-maintenance services at Pro Oil Change begin with the pop of a hood. The dull sound reverberates around the engine, where trained and certified technicians inspect air filters, replace batteries, refill fluid levels, and inject Valvoline motor oil. Outside the automotive nucleus, they extend their restorative touch toward burned-out headlights and waved-out windshield-wiper blades. All of this unfolds inside their welcoming facility, which accepts all vehicle makes and models and features a waiting room with TVs and complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, or tea.
At Cambridge Centre Honda, customers swing by to test-drive new sedans or drop off their rides at the speedy, state-of-the-art service centre. The dealership boasts an ever-changing inventory of new and preowned Honda cars, minivans, and trucks, as well as a service staff stocked with certified gold-, silver-, and platinum-level Honda technicians. Cambridge’s express service shop lets drivers waltz in for an oil change or lube service without an appointment, and technicians can also inspect for rust, wash the engine, patch a tire, or feed the tiny horses that power each vehicle. Cambridge caters to its customers with shuttle service to surrounding areas, along with complimentary “Know Your Vehicle” reports that detail upcoming service issues and ejector-seat malfunctions.
The deft technicians at Lube N Go Inc take great pride in the speed of their signature oil change, constantly chasing their own record of three minutes and twenty seconds. Technicians drain spent crude from the engine and pluck its replacement from row upon row of brand name motor oil. The eco-conscious experts also recycle all used oil and filters at no extra charge to the customer. At the full-service facility, technicians can also keep autos up to date on scheduled maintenance and align wheels to never veer to the side without first submitting the suggestion to an unbiased committee. While autos get straightened out, motorists can enjoy free beverages as they watch the flat-screen TV in the lounge.
For more than a decade, Blair’s Truck & Car Wash’s technicians have carefully eradicated grime from the interiors and exteriors of vehicles of all sizes. Local car dealerships outsource their cleaning tasks to the premium car wash, which spruces up vehicles before they’re re-leased, resold, or reassembled as a piece of modern art.
GrandRiver and Hamilton CarShare's nonprofit co-op grants drivers a self-serve, environmentally conscious, and space-saving alternative to automotive ownership through occasional car rental on a pay-per-use basis. After their applications, Simple Plan members pay an additional hourly rate for actual drive time ($9), monthly insurance fees ($9), and refundable deposits. Located in central, easy-access lots in Waterloo, Kitchener, and Hamilton, drivers harness one of CarShare's 16 vehicles, for which gas, regular maintenance, and occasional time travel is included in the hourly rate. Drivers may reserve the closest car to their current location or choose their favourite four-wheeled steed, such as a Toyota Yaris or Mazda 5 via phone, Internet, or telepathy. GrandRiver and Hamilton CarShare plans to begin offering cargo vans and pickup trucks in the fall. Rental slots run as short as 30 minutes and as long as is necessary. Through promoting occasional car use, GrandRiver and Hamilton CarShare aims to encourage greater use of green transit modes such as public transit, cycling, and giant piggybacking.
A taxi can get you home, but not in your own car. The coachmen of Driverseat offer a suite of transportation services that not only take clients wherever they need to go, but do so in their own vehicles. Whether clients need a ride after a few drinks at the bar, chauffeuring services, or transportation for an elderly family member, the team arrives at a meet-up point and safely commandeers client vehicles wherever they need to go. The service even allows clients to book a pickup from home to the airport in their own vehicle, complete with a return pickup and drop-off.