At LaserWash TouchFree CarWash, attendants don't soap up your car?instead, the cleans are administered by scrupulous touch-free automatic bays, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Drivers simply drive inside and follow easy-to-read signs to receive their mechanized pressure washes, which include an underbody spray, a clear coat protectant, and biodegradable soaps and waxes.
Bob Sumerel Tire & Service Bob Sumerel opened his first shop in 1968 in an abandoned gasoline station. This business venture might have proved futile if Bob hadn't first revamped the dilapidated petrol dispensary into an attractive store brimming with tires for passenger cars and light trucks. He strategically set up shop in a high-traffic area, deducing that tires in motion are less likely to stay in motion as they wear out from overuse. Today, Bob's arsenal has grown from a few old gas stations to 26 locations manned by ASE-certified technicians, who skillfully nurture careworn tires with Bandag tire tread, refinish wheels and rims, and stay well-stocked with wheels for forklifts, earthmovers, and time-traveling Roman chariots. In addition to tire tweaking, the menu of services includes wheel alignments, brake overhauls, and shock repairs.
Distinctive Shine treats auto detailing like an art form. Owner Darren Sargo uses his background in mechanical design and an emphasis on attention to detail to target every nook and cranny in vehicles. Steam cleaning, paint correction, and paint coatings leave vehicles looking like new. Service packages are tailored to everyday drivers or car enthusiasts, giving each customer the level of detail they desire.
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 package, 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—all of which 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 offer 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.
At JMJ Automotive and Express Lube, a knowledgeable staff ensures that transports run efficiently and safely through a full gamut of services. On top of state inspections, the full-service, family-owned shop performs tire rotations, fuel-system maintenance, and intricate repairs, and top off each and every oil change with a complimentary vacuuming.
A business has to have something special to survive for more than half a century. For Mr. Magic Car Wash, perhaps that thing is a signature blend of nine cleaning solutions that work together to cut through tough road grease and leave vehicles with a glimmering luster. Or perhaps it’s the business's attention to detail, manifested in its soft-cloth hand washes. Either way Mr. Magic has not only survived the passing decades and the end of the DeLorean, it has thrived and expanded, now boasting five Pittsburgh-area locations. Even when sending cars through the automated car-wash tunnel for a quick rinse, Mr. Magic keeps auto owners' interests in mind, spraying fiberglass surfaces with only fresh water and drying them to a spot-free shine with hot air. Extra services, such as underbody flushes and interior and exterior detailing, help enhance each wash, and coats of Magic Repel surface protectant deflect new smudges and wizard spells.