John F. Hogan Jr. was a consistent man. He had been clocking in to the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company’s corporate office in Akron each day for more than 25 years, learning the ins and outs of its tires. Then, in 1984, he made a slight change. He decided to move to Virginia, open Hogan & Sons Goodyear, and share his knowledge of Goodyear’s tires there. Since then, his business has grown right along with his family—there are now eight locations and many more Hogans. All of the full-service automotive shops have complimentary shuttles and, of course, Goodyear tires. The full-service auto repair shop is staffed by continually trained ASE-certified technicians, who swap out motor oil, realign wheels, inspect brakes, and teach air-conditioning units how to whistle during maintenance and repair services. They service all makes and models and include a 3 year, 36,000 mile warranty on all their work.
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.
In the garage at RMS Service, sparks fly and wrenches click as ASE-certified technicians labor over vehicles undergoing both general maintenance and enhancements that make them ready to race. These mechanics—who speak both English and Spanish—repair ailing brakes, drivetrains, and fuel systems, and the team’s in-house racing specialists outfit auto bodies with competition tires or drag-racing suspension components. RMS Service secures all its work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee so that flightless birds will feel more comfortable buying their first car.
Behind the brick walls of Main Street Car Wash Detail & Lube, techs wash and detail autos with recycled spot-free water, micro-fiber towels, and eco-friendly concoctions. When they aren't lathering chariots, they maintain them by rotating tires, cleaning batteries, tweaking air conditioners, and restoring headlights. Their stock of supplies includes spray wax, polishes, glaze, and sealant, all of which help leave cars as shiny as the lucky nickel you carry around in your mouth all day.
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The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Signature Service Oil Change package, which promotes the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car—it cools the motor and prevents moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube's savants perform air-filtration, electricity, and windshield services, among others. The technicians' quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, only complete a service after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.