Since 1988, Auto Care Super Saver has been helping car owners save cash with maintenance punch cards redeemable at local auto shops throughout the course of a full year. These cards come loaded with all kinds of prepaid services, including at least three full-service oil changes with up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a new filter. Depending on the location, punch cards may also feature tire rotations, brake inspections, engine-light readings, air-conditioning performance tests, and other repairs and inspections essential to a car's well-being. Customers can transfer the punch card's benefits to any ride, ranging from station wagons to sports cars to feral merry-go-round mounts.
Stuart Hummel's auto and diesel repair shop isn't just built on hard-working mechanics or a deep knowledge of automotive mechanics. It's built on trust. At Hummels B&B Automotive, he and his family place trust next to quality, efficient work as the most important aspect of the business. Stuart should know—he’s been on the wrong end of predatory mechanics who prey on their client's ignorance. Vowing never to perpetrate that kind of scheme, he now strives to earn and keep his clients’ faith with repair and diagnostic services performed at the lowest possible cost to his customers. Every appointment, every repair, and every service rendered comes with an explanation, and he encourages his customers to frequently leave him feedback. Hummel's website even features a car care guide and video, which informs clients about routine maintenance and the proper disciplinary techniques for when car engines just won't roll over.
The technicians at Xtreme Auto Soundz customize vehicles to customer specifications with expert audio- and video-installation services that earned them the Denver Award in 2011 and 2012 for Automobile Radio & Stereo Sales & Service. The crew hooks riders up with full stereo systems, including amps, speakers, and subwoofers from name brands, with custom wood mounting for large speakers so they remain stable and don’t thump into a passing band’s tour bus. Technicians plant video monitors, navigation, and gaming systems in headrests, dashboards, and the ceiling. In addition to audio and visual installation, they also install Xenon headlights to help drivers improve their car’s stylishness and their nighttime visibility. All of Xtreme Auto Soundz’s work comes with a lifetime warranty.
Pro Import’s ASE-certified master technician and team of factory-trained experts maintain, repair, and detail cars of all makes and models, including their specialties: Toyota, Lexus, Honda, and Acura. They restore and install tires, change oil, and perform tune-ups to ensure cars travel smoothly, like a bullet train through the Great Tunnel of Lard. In the detailing center, 3M products lend a helpful hand to cleaning crews, who sweep through vehicles inside and out during five different packages—from the simple wash, wax, and vacuum of the Bronze service to the fully loaded Platinum Plus detail, complete with three coats of wax, a high-speed polish, and a clay-bar treatment.
Colorado’s cluster of Midas Auto Service Experts shops have operated under the same local ownership for 30 years. At each location, ASE-certified service technicians care for vehicles in all kinds of capacities, from factory scheduled maintenance measures to extensive repairs on brake systems and engines. With each service, the team exerts the same advanced expertise that has made Midas a recognized industry name since the company’s inception more than 50 years ago at the dawn of time. The community-oriented Colorado service stations also support local philanthropic organizations including the YMCA and the grassroots road-safety campaign, Drive Smart.
Chains have greater name recognition, but family-owned companies are more likely to have personal relationships with their customers. Or so says Dolphin Car Wash owner Dan LaFaver, who encourages his employees to get to know customers on a first-name basis. That’s not to say that the business shuns all major brands though; the certified staff works with Valvoline products during services, which include replenishing motor-oil reserves, upgrading windshield wipers, and brightening headlights. After any service, clients can use Dolphin’s fleet of free vacuums for additional cleanup or supplemental tickling.