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 Car Care Center'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.
At Gene Messer Ford Lincoln Mazda, factory-trained technicians crawl beneath undercarriages and venture into popped hoods to strengthen engines and extend odometers. In the quick-lane department, technicians swiftly swap old fluids for new regular and diesel oils, whereas parts technicians replace rickety old components with factory-certified parts or update wood-burning engines to the modern age. Revamped cars can then hold their hood ornaments high as they cruise past the dealership's inventory of glistening new and used vehicles.
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 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.
Windows open our lives to the world—sometimes to a bothersome degree. Whether to stop sun, escaping energy, or prying eyes, Tint World’s technicians can fortify windows of every kind with professional and durable tints. Homes and offices benefit from energy-saving exterior tints—which keep power bills low—along with designer films that add style and privacy to interior partitions. For cars, the shop’s precut tints come in colors from red to bronze and patterns ranging from cheetah prints to jets of flame. As the tints add personality to vehicles, they simultaneously block out UV rays, prevent interiors from overheating, and bolster drivers’ privacy more effectively than a blank nametag.
The auto shop also tends to vehicles with services beyond their namesake specialty. The technicians can slough away grime with detailing packages that can include extras such as clay-bar cleaning, dent and ding removal, and paint touchups. Alternatively, patrons can browse an array of stereos, subwoofers, and other mobile electronics as well as wheels and tires.
Lube Pro Oil Change's technicians roll vehicles onto all-weather inspection bays to ensure autos stay in prime condition. Oil-change specialists can swiftly drain engines of weathered fluids and then refill them with motor oil concocted by brand-name manufacturers including Quaker State and Pennzoil. Drivers also steer their rides into the shop for other automotive services ranging from repairs to the replacement of novelty decals of tyrannosaurs on rear-view mirrors.