Elkins Chevrolet is a restorative oasis in the desert of automotive disrepair, housing experienced service technicians willing to sully their hands replacing up to five quarts of spent engine grease with a fresh batch of sable lubrication. Cars may employ dipsticks as straws, lapping up two oil changes over the course of a year, making today’s Groupon an ideal fit for two-car families or automobiles piloted by squeaky tin men. Customers may upgrade to synthetic, diesel, or imported olive oil for an additional fee.
Whenever a customer at Payless Airport Parking calls for a shuttle, it's guaranteed that the company's sleek, silver van will arrive to pick them up within 10 minutes. The parking service shuttles its customers to and from Philadelphia International Airport and ensures this prompt arrival whether the customer is waiting at the garage counter or just woke up from a power nap on the baggage-claim carousel. While their owners are away, cars are kept locked in a secure, gated area. During this time, staff technicians can keep each vehicle in top condition with hand washes, oil changes, and tire rotations. To aid those who have arrived in Philadelphia but haven't brought a car, Payless Airport Parking also operates a rental service. The service oversees eight vehicle makes and models, each of which are primed for pickup with a hand wash.
Owning a car can be a burden: paying for insurance, paying for gas, paying for a car-sitter every time you go for a hike. That's why Enterprise Rent-A-Car started CarShare, a community program that lets members take out vehicles around the city without worrying about any of those inconveniences. Once at the CarShare location, customers need only to use their membership card to unlock the door. Members can reserve a car by the hour?as well as daily or overnight?and low rates include the cost of fuel, insurance, and up to 185 miles per day. They enjoy a wide range of choices, too: electric and hybrid rides, SUVs and pickups, and passenger vehicles populate the company's stable of fuel-efficient vehicles.
A satellite branch of Premier Luxury Rentals, PLR AutoSpa tends to jalopies inside and out. Performing a host of services—from express detailing to deep cleaning—the spa's technicians pamper vehicles in preparation for a night out, or clean them up following a night out's transformation from pumpkin carriage back into car.
When the family-owned Weikel's Auto Repair opened in 1994, its ASE-certified technicians inspected cars in a cozy three-bay shop. As demand for their expertise grew, so did their need for space, machinery, and equipment. These days, in a roomier shop, ASE-certified master technician Steve Weikel and his team administer extensive services for all automotive systems and car makes, including hybrids. The crew aligns wheels and tires, ensures electrical wiring functions properly, and replaces brake pads and hoses, keeping any flowers growing on the driver's side properly watered. Weikel's crew also performs state safety and emissions inspections, outfits vehicles with Michelin or Bridgestone tires, and assists broken-down cars with 24/7 towing.
Behind Excel Motors' rows of shiny preowned vehicles, mechanics tinker under their iconic ASE-certification shoulder patches, their hands sowing the hard work necessary to harvest peak mileage from engines of all sorts. Quarts of high-quality oil await their chance to flow alongside thirsty car metals, and bays securely hoist autos into the air so techs can service them, inspect various parts for safety, or rotate tires. Meanwhile, customers can peruse the lots for a new domestic or imported car and take a look at each vehicle's Carfax report to see its prior life, accident history, and ability to snuggle with weather tarps.