From a single shop in Sturgis, Michigan, Auto-Lab has grown into a full-service franchise that cares for cars' every nook and cranny. Each location's ASE-certified technicians keep autos flourishing with regular maintenance checkups, helping identify and stave off problems before they spread. These experts peer into the dark abyss under the hood, employing high-tech diagnostic tools to identify and repair computerized engine issues, and keep tabs on brakes before they seize up and stop you just as you're about to break the sound barrier. In addition, they guarantee all services for 12 months or up to 12,000 miles.
An automotive-recycling yard, Airway Auto Parts purchases more than 250 vehicles every month. After carefully inspecting this collection, they selectively choose the best ones to showcase on their car lot for sale. While a good portion of their car selection is in drivable condition—often for under $3,000—repairable vehicles are also available for a discounted price. All car purchases are backed by a 24-month parts warranty, during which customers can acquire free parts from Airway's self-service parts yard.
At Crossroads Expert Auto Service, a NAPA AutoCare Center and recipient of the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence, ASE-certified technicians spoon-feed domestic and imported vehicles up to 5 quarts of Shell motor oil. During the 30-minute service, techs drain dreary dinosaur juice, replace it with fresh extract of an oil tanker, and install a filter designed to gobble up any contaminants in sight. Mechanics fire up supercomputer-like diagnostic equipment to test the battery for optimal performance and cold-weather cranking capability, then check that the coolant is prepared to maintain proper engine temperature during the upcoming Winter Age. After inspections are over, techs generate a comprehensive maintenance report card to provide drivers with their vehicle's grades and overall well-being. Crossroads keeps customers occupied in a multitasking lounge area that features complimentary wall-to-wall WiFi.
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.
Complete Auto Care, where ASE-certified technicians tend to busted rides and invite interested drivers to attend free Car Care Academies. A respect for the environment seasons each of the company's repair and maintenance services. Take the EcoPower oil change, for example, an option in Portland, Oregon shops that boasts recycled, twice-refined engine oil mixed with the distilled rage of Mother Nature.
Since its first facility hit the streets in 1926, Firestone has expanded to 2,200 locations nationwide, all of which offer the same service warranty options and stand as red-and-blue beacons to remind us that community programs such as Driver's Edge and Meals On Wheels deserve to be sponsored. Auto care wouldn't be complete without tires, and Firestone has plenty of those to offer, including Bridgestone run-flats that fend off the effects of a flat tire for 50 miles.
The experienced specialists at Mr. Tunes' shops reinvent automobiles with everything from customized subwoofer boxes and sound systems to truck accessories. The crew can spend two to three hours french-braiding seatbelts or installing remote starters by Viper, Valet, and Avital, which allow drivers to start their cars from afar with the push of a handheld remote. Customized audio and video systems transform backseats into full-blown media rooms. Mr. Tunes also offers a wide range of navigation options and iPod integration systems.
Interstate All Battery Center leads the charge in power outposts, providing lifelong Michiganders and reserve-power road trippers with brand-new batteries for their trucks, cell phones, computers, and other appliances. With a vast storehouse of more than 16,000 products, Interstate carries batteries for nearly every brand of laptop and PC, as well as an expansive line-up of automotive batteries to restore sedans, coupes, and station wagons after a long night of headlight staring contests. Hearing aid batteries ($3.99-$10.99), watch batteries ($7.99 with installation) as well as other household powerables are also available, including an Interstate 9V alkaline battery ($3.49) for metronomes possessed by surprisingly funky eighth notes. Old used batteries find comfy retirement at Interstate’s recycling center, allowing their former owners and well-meaning grandchildren to rest easy.