After watching his father work in the glass industry for more than 30 years, Troy Mason followed in his footsteps by opening his own full-service glass shop in 1991. Not content with simply fixing cracks, Troy also developed an in-house technician-training program that allies itself with the standards set by the National Glass Association. Two of its graduates were honored as half of the top four installers in the United States, earning the esteem of their peers and a gold medal made from old hood ornaments at the United States Auto Glass Olympics.
When they aren't competing for glass and glory, technicians replace windshields with parts and products purchased directly from the manufacturers, and back their work with lifetime warranties. Techna Glass also offers a lifetime rock-chip-repair membership, which entitles owners to unlimited repairs of damage caused by errant stones. When they aren't competing for glass and glory, technicians replace windshields with parts and products purchased directly from the manufacturers, and back their work with lifetime warranties. Techna Glass also offers a lifetime rock-chip-repair membership, which entitles owners to unlimited repairs of damage caused by errant stones.
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, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with Saran wrap.
Mountain Ridge Helicopters is located 4,500 feet above sea level?and that's just its hangar. The FAA-approved school is nestled in the Rocky Mountains in a 10,000-square-foot hangar, where experienced pilots impart the essentials of helicopter flight to students. The scenic environs are beautiful from the ground but majestic from a helicopter. With the help of US Department of Veterans Affairs?approved flight instructors and simulators, students can experience the sweeping views from above while learning to pilot helicopters and earning their licenses.
At Kleen Freek, customers choose from more than 10 car-cleaning options. An automatic touchless wash glosses exteriors, and express services come à la carte, which include carpet shampooing, UV protection, and leather conditioning. For comprehensive cleansing, the all-inclusive detail package sees detailers shampoo interiors and hand wash exteriors from top to bottom. Additional services such as scratch removal and headlight restoration also help maintain each vehicle’s value.
Mint Condition Auto Detail provides speedy, same-day detailing and washing services. The experienced staff makes cars sparkle both inside and out in a 3,600-square-foot facility where human hands collaborate with precision machinery and a team of industrious elves. An interview in Professional Carwashing & Detailing magazine explains that Mint Condition "employs a system of automated technologies" such as "a floor mat washer and an automatic wheel detailing system for faster services that have a level of quality control he can’t guarantee with human laborers." These resources ensure that drivers are back in their clean cars by the end of the day, never left to hitchhike or tunnel home.
A Shade Above Window Tint's specialists are trained experts in the arts of repairing auto glass and tinting windows with SunTek film. Automobile portholes peppered with small-time scars find refuge in two chip repairs, which can erase dimples caused by flying debris or overweight insects. Technicians also take care of cars plagued with more formidable fissures by molding and installing new windshields ($120–$190, price varies/vehicle); drivers who opt for this service get to enjoy unlimited free chip repairs and wiper-blade calligraphy classes. Patrons may also give their vehicle's side windows and back windshield a sophisticated tan with a complete tint job ($190–$250). Backed by a lifetime warranty against bubbling, peeling, and discoloration, SunTek's Carbon film valiantly defends interiors from 99% of the sun's ultraviolet rays and 100% of the moon's bloodcurdling screams.