In 1987, the Dayton Daily News briefly outlined the life of Charles L. Marshall, the then 86-year-old president and owner of Grismer Tire. Though the article appeared a quarter of a century ago, it still captured 55 years worth of history at Grismer, from its purchase during ?the dark days? of the Great Depression?thanks to Marshall?s winning personality and a banker?s $13,000 loan?to its transformation into one of the most successful auto centers in Ohio.
Today, at each of its 22 locations scattered across Southern Ohio, ASE-certified technicians continue to dispense the top-notch service that made the garage famous. They drain and replenish oil, align wheels, and fix busted transmissions and cooling systems. Equipped with nine brands of tires, including Michelin, Bridgestone, and BF Goodrich, the team outfits rides of all makes and models with brand-new rollers, allowing them to zip down highways or blend in at parades with ease.
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 Centers’ 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.
Owner Ron Stein’s business has been trucking along for 48 years now, and his gear-centric crew of ASE-certified mechanics regularly tackle any automotive problem you can shake a shifter at. C.A.R.S. can also handle all makes and models, so don’t be shy about bringing in your puttering 1959 El Camino. During your diagnostics, Ron and Co. will check your engine lights and test for any driving or electrical problems. Once your vehicle is thoroughly diagnosed, the car-care gurus will concisely explain its condition while remaining honest, professional, and avoiding confusing terms such as “16-cylinder dual overhead patty pudding charger.” Any repairs you have done at C.A.R.S. will come with a minimum 12-month or 12,000-mile nationwide warranty.
The well-trained mechanics at Dick Masheter Ford’s Quick Lane Discount Tire and Auto Center have been cosseting cars with expert service for more than 30 years. During an oil change, technicians decant up to five quarts of synthetic-blend Motorcraft oil into thirsty engines to protect moving parts against oxidization and relieve pistons' laryngitis. After mechanics rotate the vehicle’s tires to ensure even wear and tear, a 31-point inspection checks brakes, tests batteries, and sends fan belts down a runway to verify they're still in style. The procedure, which can take an hour or more, helps autos continue to run smoothly, like a jogger dipped in butter.
The experienced Automotive Service Excellence–certified mechanics at Dennis Automotive relinquish vehicles from conundrums caused by moistureless motors inside state-of-the-art facilities. Each oil change and chassis lube ($35) swaps old colanders for new filters before topping off tanks with up to 5 quarts of motor oil to keep pistons pumping smoothly. The tire rotation ($19.99) keeps treads from fading in the face of friction by rotating each tire's placement on the car, like a progressive game of musical chairs where everybody wins. While waiting on their repaired roadsters, proud auto owners can relax in either location's comfortable waiting area, replete with televisions, complimentary coffee, Internet access, and clowns who make balloon hats for adults.
The automotive club AAA serves more than 52 million members nationwide. Although membership offers myriad benefits, AAAers benefit most from the peace of mind provided by the comprehensive roadside assistance program. On-site mechanical services are available almost anywhere in the United States for common car troubles such as flat tires, dead or murdered batteries, and creamed-corn-related engine troubles. Benefit highlights include free installation of spare tires, free battery boosts, free towing, and free fuel delivery (pay pump price for fuel). Classic members are also entitled to coverage for up to $50 in locksmith services and up to $500 for auto theft.