For Tom Tucker, a good car wash is all about the water. Rather than relying on the local supply, he's outfitted Carolina Car Wash with its own well and water-reclamation system, which feeds the wash's jets with purified H2O. This nearly self-sufficient system provides a constant source of water even during periods of drought without impacting Carrboro's supply, fueling Carolina’s five types of car wash, heading off rust and corrosion, and keeping drivers’ backseat waterbeds fluffed. Tom's conservation-minded approach to water use also drives his support of local charities, with whom he collaborates on eco-friendly car-wash fundraisers.
More than 60 years of expertise backs up the automotive diagnoses at Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center, making it one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the area. Staffed by ASE-certified professionals who stay current with the newest makes and models, and are constantly mastering new types of maintenance in order to cater to the repair needs of hybrids or cars that mainly run on adrenaline. That kind of dedication has earned the shop some high honors—including being named "Best Auto Mechanic" in the Triangle by Indy Magazine and "Top Shop in North America" by Tire Review Magazine.
But despite the accolades, Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center hasn't rested on its wheel wells—instead, the business pushes itself toward new initiatives. For example, a focus on environmental sustainability has led the company to offer eco-friendly services such as NitroFill tire inflation, non-lead wheel weights, and E.F.O. oil changes, leading to its designation as a Green Plus Certified Company.
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.