The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change, which helps promote 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 helps prevent 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) service vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, technicians perform preventative services such as air-filtration and electrical system maintenance, among others. Jiffy Lube's quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Tire & Auto has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
Auto Fix draws on their parent company's deep wells of experienced, ASE-certified technicians to staff their seven garages in Illinois and Indiana. The full-service shops keep cars running with oil changes and thorough vehicle check ups, and they routinely flush power steering, radiator, and transmission fluids. Having spent years working with vehicles, Auto Fix technicians can repair any part of the car from the suspension to the fuel system. They're confident in their repairs as well, offering any client a 12-month or 12,000-mile guarantee on each fix. The team also renders problem-precluding services such as full safety inspections, shocks and struts service, and tire rotation—which does not mean enforcing who’s up next on the backyard tire swing.
Chartered flight company MidWest Air Link offers quick and efficient air travel throughout the Midwest with planes that seat up to 5. Each person is allowed to bring a 25 pound bag, and unlike scheduling a trip with a commercial airline, customers set their flight times and dates to skip waiting in long lines at the airport. MidWest Air Link’s experienced pilots helm the fleet of Beechcraft Baron 58s, known as the “town cars of the sky” thanks to their comfortable accommodations. The company currently charters flights out of Chicagoland, Valparaiso, and Indianapolis airports.
The car-whisperers of the 50-year-old Midas franchise investigate vehicles’ road-readiness with comprehensive inspections backed by the all-encompassing Midas guarantee. A 1.5-hour wintertime assessment probes brakes, suspension, batteries, and heating and cooling systems, thereby ensuring commuters' safety during drives through flurries or while outrunning the ice rays of Mr. Freeze's cold gun. Each seasonal inspection pairs with a complimentary tire rotation to even out rubber wear and ensure that each car-foot gets its 15-minutes in the spotlight of following cars.
Armed with gentle soft cloths and biodegradable chemicals, Lighthouse Carwash's automated system sanctifies vehicle exteriors all year long, at all hours of the day. After a presoak and underbody wash, The Works car wash caresses exteriors with soft cloths accompanied by three foaming shampoos sprayed out of gothic soap gargoyles. Robotic appendages then coat surfaces with a cleansing conditioner and clear-coat protectant to bring out a sunglasses-shattering sheen. Like a pedicure, a high-pressure wheel blast and application of tire cleaner gives its recipient the confidence to wear risqué open-toe sandals in public. Each of Lighthouse Carwash's top-of-the-line washes wraps up with a spot-free rinse and power blow-dry.