Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
The family behind Paul’s Electronics draws on more than two decades of automotive experience to service, update, and enhance customers’ rides. Wielding products from some of the most recognized brands in the industry, such as Alpine, Viper, Pioneer, and Clarion, the team tricks out cars with custom audio systems, iPod integration, and GPS-navigation installation. Key fobs from Paul’s come padded with features such as alarms, keyless entry, and remote-starter mechanisms, which let drivers warm up cars in the winter or cool them down after a dragon attack. The team’s expertise extends beyond electronics into the realm of rims and tires, window tinting, and paintless dent removal, services they exact upon makes of all kind from manufacturers such as Hummer, Dodge, Infiniti, and Jaguar.
The experienced technicians at Foam Factory begin each car wash with a high-pressure rinse and a healthy dose of Active Foam solution before gently washing each vehicle by hand with microfiber mittens. Once the vehicle has been thoroughly rinsed, they dry and polish paint jobs by hand, protecting their hard work against the elements with premium wax and sealant products. In addition to washing exteriors, Foam Factory's techs also perform meticulous interior details with carpet steaming and vent cleaning and restore confidence to extra-tarnished vehicles with à la carte services such as tree-sap removal and headlight restoration. While technicians work, car owners can lounge on the outdoor patio, sip coffee in the upstairs waiting room, or continue their mystical quest in the downstairs dungeon.
All Pro Detailing’s lengthy menu of services is designed to restore and extend the lives of vehicles. It runs the gamut from detailing packages and paintless dent repair to ozone shock treatments that remove stubborn odors. All Pro's detailing staff pay special attention to carpets, vacuuming all carpeted surfaces with a high-powered hose, separately cleaning carpet pads, and scouring stains. They ply these trades and others—such as tinting windows, rust proofing auto bodies, and correcting water damage caused by parking the car in the pool—at two area locations.
When the family-owned Weikel's Auto Repair opened in 1994, its ASE-certified technicians inspected cars in a cozy three-bay shop. As demand for their expertise grew, so did their need for space, machinery, and equipment. These days, in a roomier shop, ASE-certified master technician Steve Weikel and his team administer extensive services for all automotive systems and car makes, including hybrids. The crew aligns wheels and tires, ensures electrical wiring functions properly, and replaces brake pads and hoses, keeping any flowers growing on the driver's side properly watered. Weikel's crew also performs state safety and emissions inspections, outfits vehicles with Michelin or Bridgestone tires, and assists broken-down cars with 24/7 towing.