Mountainview Tire Factory began in 1984 as a network of independent tire dealers who teamed up to find better prices for their customers. Today, they supply a chain of independently owned locations across the Western U.S. with tires from brands such as Goodyear, Kelly, and Dunlop. At each location, ASE-certified technicians specialize in the installation of both tires and wheels, and outfit every tire purchase with a warranty that includes free flat repairs for the lifespan of the tire, free rotation, and an inspection. They also perform a wide slate of maintenance services—such as oil changes, brake servicing, and electrical work—to ensure cars are healthy enough to make the most of their new rubber running shoes.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
At Richie's Express Carwash, cars roll through an automated tunnel where a cutting-edge computer system hones in on each vehicle's dirtiest spots. Soapy soft cloths clean vehicles and then a special eight solutions cleans exteriors, before suds are blasted away with high-pressure clean water. At the end of each session?which takes about four minutes?cars travel through a drying tunnel whimsically decorated with stuffed animals. There, a system of 15 high-velocity fans brings exteriors to a spot-free shine. Drivers can blow raspberries at their newly cleaned rides from the viewing station before sprucing up interiors at complimentary self-serve vacuum stations.
Whistle Clean Car Wash maintains sparkling auto interiors and exteriors with a fusion of eco-friendly services and customer-coddling care. Buff mobile machines until they're as radiant as a burning snowman with your choice of two of four express detail services. Automotive aestheticians will focus on the reflectivity of your car's exoskeleton with an express waxing that can last for three months, clean chocolate-bunny globs from Easters past off seats or doorjambs with an express seat or express vinyl treatment, or revive worn carpets with a shampoo-vacuum duo express carpet service. Habitual off-roaders or drivers who attempt to fit as many pizzas into their car as possible will benefit from the complete detail option. This roof-to-wheel interior-and-exterior scrubbing by Whistle Clean Car Wash's expert staff includes a carpet conditioning, a polish wax, window defogging, a wipe down of all your vinyl's incriminating fingerprints, and a 30-day unlimited basic exterior wash pass to keep your ride in mint gum-free condition. For a one-time celebration of cleanliness, opt for a full-service Whistle Clean Supreme wash to rid exteriors of excessive soil, interiors of burrito wrappers, and rims of their goblin-attracting murk.
Best Western Transmission's ASE-certified mechanics keep autos running smoothly with their expeditious oil-changing service. During the 20-minute process, fully trained staffers gingerly lift vehicles on hydraulic lifts to drain grimy lubricant and tickle cars' sensitive underbellies with freshly cleaned dipsticks. A technician then funnels up to five quarts of motor oil into each car's thirsty reservoir, ensuring engine efficiency and low friction between its many moving parts. Autos are then subjected to a thorough 33-point inspection that, depending on the vehicle's make and condition, can take up to an hour. Technicians will examine filters, check fluid levels, and run the car through a gauntlet of diagnostic tests to determine the car's overall state of health and its propensity to honk at European-model cars.
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with professional brake services including a lifetime warranty on parts, labor and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, suspension repair, and belt replacement.