So established is Circle K that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including Ball Park hot dogs. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with Premium Coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.
After getting their start in the interior trim industry in 1998, the staff at Austin Auto Interiors grew to specialize in factory-quality reupholstering, multimedia upgrades, and meticulous detailing. With access to more than one million leather seating combinations, the shop's leather service technicians dye, fit, and trim top-grain leather to replace worn-out seats and arm rests ravaged by restless backseat drivers. When the staff isn't reviving worn interiors and patching minor damage, they can be found making over dashes with woodgrain trim or embroidering custom headrests. Outside the realm of trim and accents, the multimedia experts at Austin Auto Interiors also equip whips with GPS navigation, seat heaters, and headrest video capabilities.
King of the Ding’s service technicians focus solely on body repair. Instead of packing their workload with mechanical and aesthetic orders, they direct all of their attention to flawlessly banishing dings and dents caused by hail, auto accidents, parking-lot mishaps, and leaving cars in the middle of a driving range. Their paint-free dent-repair services correct unwanted auto dimples without having to strip and repaint, and their body-repair sessions heal major collision damage, from torn-off bumpers to smashed-in fenders.
At Wash N’ Roll Car Wash, cars roll in dirty and roll out gleaming in a span of just a few minutes. Expert car caretakers administer a variety of washing options that spruce up interiors and exteriors as quickly as possible. Each wash is based around the speedy basic wash, which aims to use only 20 gallons of water—of which 15–18 gallons are recycled—to wash cars in less than five minutes using water-based and biodegradable chemicals. The technicians also blast away dust from interiors with air-pressure guns, sucking up breadcrumbs and Cheeto-dust dunes with vacuums before coating exteriors with various waxes, protectants, and sealers.
Since 1988, Auto Care Super Saver has been helping car owners save cash with maintenance punch cards redeemable at local auto shops throughout the course of a full year. These cards come loaded with all kinds of prepaid services, including at least three full-service oil changes with up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a new filter. Depending on the location, punch cards may also feature tire rotations, brake inspections, engine-light readings, air-conditioning performance tests, and other repairs and inspections essential to a car's well-being. Customers can transfer the punch card's benefits to any ride, ranging from station wagons to sports cars to feral merry-go-round mounts.
From more than 350 facilities in six countries, Precision Tune Auto Care has spent the last three decades keeping more than 2.5 million vehicles on the road with an array of maintenance and auto-repair services. Professionally trained mechanics lube engines with signature precision oil changes, rotate tires to ensure even tread wear, repair busted brakes, and test spark plugs to safeguard against ignition failure during dramatic drive-thru getaways. Whether performing complicated services on fuel-injection and cooling systems or simply aligning tires, the mechanics back all their services with a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty.