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.
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.
Whether you take your automobile to Auto Pro or CarFix, your personal vehicle will be in the hands of a specially trained staff of engine experts ready to coat the battered insides of piston-powered car hearts with fresh oil. A new oil filter is fitted to strain engine grime and misplaced hors d’oeuvre toothpicks from the lubricating oil flow, while a brand new pair of wiper blades ensures that inclement weather runoff is quickly whisked away, and produce is efficiently cleared from windshields after you've driven through inconveniently placed fruit stands. Additionally, a state emissions inspection preps vehicles for their pollution check-ups, keeps Johnny Q. Law out of the picture, and assures owners they haven’t been pumping gas tanks full of home-brewed naphtha. Prepare for memorable road trips and glide down winding roads more smoothly than a buttered-up bobsled thanks to today’s Groupon.
Sport Durst Service's automotive technicians undergo continuous training to stay abreast of industry trends and tricky technical issues. Since the service center is attached to a supplier of new Mazda, Hyundai, Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge vehicles, Sport Durst's knowledgeable car tenders unleash factory-authorized repairs on ailing buggies, performed with genuine parts and advanced diagnostic equipment. Additionally, the shop helps fit repairs into busy schedules with weekend hours, express service lanes for routine maintenance, and guaranteed time of delivery. Loaner vehicles ensure auto owners get in and out of the shop quickly, and that they don’t have to spend the day in a waiting room twiddling their thumbs, playing phone games, or counting backward from one thousand.
Maintaining the same quality ownership since 1988, The Durham Ritz spiffs up autos with gentle wash processes and quality cleaning products such as Simoniz and Mequiar’s. Each six-hour doting detail treatment includes a thorough exterior hand wash that scrubs the bugs off the grille, gets the grime off the wheels, and rubs the muck off the ejector-seat lever. The interior scouring session begins with a steam to get the summer ice-cream stains out of the carpets, seats, and floor mats. Then, vinyl rejuvenators cleanse and condition the dash, console, and door panels until they're sterile enough to eat ice cream off of again. The Durham Ritz's detail devotees finish by slathering your ride with thick layers of polish and wax until it gleams brighter than a burning pile of flashlight catalogues. A smaller amount of water is used compared to at-home washing, and in environmentally friendly fashion, waste-water is sent to the sewer system and not storm drains.
Speight's Auto Service Center puts its 73 years of experience and ASE-certified technicians to work changing oil and installing Napa ProSelect oil filters, imparting drivers with smooth rides. The 30- to 45-minute procedure treats tanks by replacing curmudgeonly oil with up to 5 quarts of Napa premium oil—good for up to 3,000 miles—or Napa premium synthetic oil—good for up to 5,000 miles—ensuring that cooler engines prevail. To keep cars purring peacefully, technicians will finish each procedure by resetting the oil light, lubricating the chassis, and fastening seat belts to shore up sagging car pants. Over the course of six months, change a car’s motor oil up to three times, or get one oil change for three different cars.
At MidsouthmotoX, professional dirt-bike instructors with more than 20 years of experience teach introductory bike-handling skills before turning riders loose on a private practice track or a kid-friendly small track. Lesson packages can be fine-tuned for beginning or intermediate riders and may include bike rental, equipment rental, and track fees for the day. Variable terrain keeps both safety and challenge in balance, and track and instructors are available for all-day private rentals for birthdays, graduations, or the anniversary of Washington popping a wheelie over the Delaware.