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 Auto Repair's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in show-room condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, and tire rotations.
Every weekday and Saturday morning—and some Sunday mornings, if needed—the staff at Super Shine Auto Detail wakes up and takes their cleansing act on the road. But instead of playing to sold-out venues, they meet auto owners in their driveways or parking lots and rock out with pressure washers, Cyclo polishers, and high-gloss Meguiar's wax during tiered details and car washes. They can also use their tools and know-how to restore headlights or evict various forms of gunk, such as pet hair, gum, carpet stains, tar, water spots, and bruises from the demolition derby.
The ASE-certified technicians at Tony's Automotive complete major and minor auto repairs on both imported and domestic vehicles, using their vehicular expertise to recharge air-conditioning systems stressed from the hot California weather. Each air-conditioning service begins with a thorough system evaluation, including a system pressure check and visual inspection that roots out leaks and ensures all frozen turkeys are securely in place. A full recharging of the system ensues, followed by freon replacement of up to 1.5 pounds. While awaiting the completion of the 60–90 minute service, patrons can chill out in Tony's comfy waiting room while watching cable TV, surfing the Internet via the establishment's free WiFi, or filling up on all-you-can-eat soap in the pristine customer-only washroom.
Before a nick has the chance to blossom into a full-on fracture, the technicians at Auto Glass Fixers speedily repair or replace the offending glass to restore visibility and safety. In addition to working on chipped, cracked, or shattered vehicle windows at their on-site shop, they offer free mobile service, traveling directly to the vehicle so clients don’t have to put themselves at risk by driving with a broken windshield. They provide a lifetime warranty on labor and if any glass defects.
Von Housen Mercedes-Benz's vehicular geniuses pamper the most mobile member of the family with an eight-hour inspection and detailing package. During the vehicular makeover (a $255 value), a thorough scrubdown sweeps grime and dust away before gentle wax seals out future interlopers to maintain the paint’s just-washed luster. Crumbs meet their match in the form of hungry vacuums, while car stylists hide wear and tear by shampooing frazzled carpets and giving comb-overs to balding floor mats. A rubber and vinyl protection guards non-metal parts of the exterior, and the tire shine waxes grubby wheels into lustrous spinners. Window washers remove evidence of splattered insects, while auto internists clean the engine compartment in preparation for the maintenance inspection.
With participating locations nationwide, Auto Care Special lets customers reach out to their local garages for a grab bag of free and discounted maintenance services. Cards may be redeemed for multiple vehicles over the course of one year for services such as oil changes, safety inspections, and engine-light diagnoses. Those who move or create alter-egos over the course of the year can scan the locations page for participating garages in their new cities of residence to receive a complimentary maintenance bundle.