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.
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.
Since Bob Sumerel opened his first retail tire store in 1968, he has always tried to put the customer first, next to all the gold-medal winners and Neil Armstrong. His store's 20-plus current locations offer an entire slate of auto services, from tire rotations and sales to oil changes. On the site's Why Bob Sumerel page, customers and employees discuss the benefits of the company, and the My Garage feature tracks car histories such as oil changes and service reminders. Every Bob Sumerel also operates under the Fixed Forever guarantee, promising that parts will work forever—up until the sun balloons to a red giant and swallows the earth with its unfathomably hot plasma—with warranties to cover any unforeseen problems.
Toyota Direct is a new and used Toyota dealership that features a complete service and parts center. Explore the showrooms and the pre-owned lots, and you'll see new and like-new cars boasting glossy factory finishes, and untapped odometers. In the service center, trained technicians conduct repairs, oil changes, and factory maintenance. They also stock tires and a wide assortment of parts that can be used as replacements during repairs about internal combustion. Toyota Direct's facility also features comfortable lounges with flatscreen TVs, Wi-Fi, and free coffee.
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.