When it was founded in 1959, Ziebart’s business model hinged on a single service: its innovative rust-prevention procedure. However, the chain has diversified its auto treatments throughout the last five decades. Though the team of certified technicians continues to safeguard vehicles against corrosion, they also protect paint jobs with Z-Shield and Diamond Gloss coatings and render interior fabrics stain-resistant with their house Ultra Fabric Protector formula. They clean and disinfect ride interiors, and hand-wash and machine polish exteriors to a sparkling shine. Beyond up-keeping vehicles, they stock an arsenal of car electronics that run the gamut from remote car starters to in-dash navigation systems, which can help drivers find their way back home without relying on a trail of breadcrumbs.
Owners Mike and Greg took over Xtreme Vehicle Designs in 2010, seeking to channel their 27 years of shared industry experience into a auto enhancement business that operates with a personal touch. Having seen the deficits of big-box retailers, they assembled a highly talented crew of gear heads, installation experts from Pioneer’s training force, technicians recently back from serving in Iraq, and graphics experts. Since they understand how important sound systems are to music lovers, they encourage their customers to bring their iPod, CDs, or mobile a capella bands into the demo room and test the equipment for themselves. This personal attention extends to all of their services, whether it’s the installation of a new sound, video, or security system, the application of LLumar tinted window film, or cosmetic upgrades such as vehicle graphics and detailing.
With a stock of two-ply tints, Alternative Automotive’s staff helps patrons improve their homes’ and vehicles’ appearances while protecting the people and possessions inside. Automotive window tinting fends off the forceful advances of UV rays, promoting cooler interiors and thereby preventing seat belts from branding you upon sitting down. Their tints can do the same for residences, reducing energy bills by fostering moderate temperatures. The technicians also equip cars with name-brand auto-start systems from Avital, and they stand by their workmanship with lifetime guarantees.
To the team at Xclusive Auto Detail, cleaning a car means more than hosing it down. It means washing and waxing it by hand, removing each and every piece of debris from its exterior, and scouring its hard-to-reach crannies, from doorjambs and wheel wells to the secret wings hidden behind the back doors. The auto shop's paint sealants and custom waxes further enhance vehicle services, and the team's car-care tips prepare auto owners for the road.
Majesty Auto Care's experienced team of sedan specialists have detailed more than 51,000 cars since the business's beginning in 1993. Four-wheelers roll up to the auto spa before affable staff members hand wash and dry exteriors—careful not to tickle underbellies lest they cause exhaustive chortles—and apply coats of high-quality wax to protect exterior shine. Interior detailing packages boast leather and vinyl conditioning services, a cleaning of doorjambs and locks, and shampooing of carpets. The shop lets auto owners opt for compiled interior, exterior, and ultimate detailing packages or handpick services from an à la carte car-care menu.
So established is Circle K that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer theTake Away Fresh Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.