Dan Adema smiles when he sees an engine light lit up. The pieces to this puzzling statement begin to fall into place when you learn he's an ASE-certified master technician who specializes in diagnostics. He showcases his talents each day at Our King Auto Repair, a AAA-approved automotive maintenance and repair facility. Adema and his team of technicians augment their work by offering a drop-off service and a free shuttle, as well as a two-year, 24,000-mile warranty. If the service is minor, customers can wait in the facility's '50s-themed lobby, with retro couches, automotive antiques, and complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, depending on whether the Keurig machine's grumpy, contemplative, or overjoyed.
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.
VMS Auto Body Center traces its lineage to 1967, and has since forged a well-earned reputation for the integrity, skill, and passionate dedication of its staff to the craft of auto-body restoration and repair. They spruce up vehicular surfaces under the able leadership of chief painter Sako, a master at manipulating urethane topcoats and catalyzed undercoats, and auto-body artist Mihran, who once converted a Pontiac Fiero into a Lamborghini, and a Model T into an ancient Assyrian chariot. Teams of technicians undo unsightly collision damage on all domestic or imported cars, restore rare antique automotives, and reassure potential customers with free estimates for all work, all while recycling any hazardous waste.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Center's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.