Deion, Chris, and the crew of mechanics at Perfect 10 Quick Lube stand by seven days a week, waiting readily to give sanctuary to cars in need of maintenance and repair. Techs keep the garage stocked with Pennzoil and Shell motor oils in order to cool down the tension between sputtering engines and hotheaded pistons. Bays hoist cars into the air so that mechanics can inspect, clean, and service their undersides. In addition to maintenance, car washes keep cars looking as clean as a whistling cat, and the waiting room gives motorists a break from the driver's seat with comfortable chairs, a TV, and a selection of auto accessories.
Noble Parkway Mobil, a AAA Top Shop, combines a full-service repair shop, an automated car wash, and a handy convenience store stocked with hot coffee, cold pops, and tasty treats. In the shop, teams of ASE-certified mechanics rotate tires, carry out routine oil changes, and tackle clutch, muffler, and transmission repairs. Car cleaners prep automobiles by hand before sending cars through an automated wash cycle that buffets them in a flurry of gentle soft cloths, much like a cruise through a pillow factory. In addition to gazing into open hoods or making sure the light at the end of the wash tunnel is turned on, the technicians at Noble Parkway Mobil look after the needs of the community around them, working in tandem with local nonprofit Kaposia to find employment for workers with developmental disabilities.
The automotive professionals at Honest-1 Auto Care repair vehicles with a commitment to eco-friendly standards and practices. Technicians tackle every square foot of vehicles with an extensive slate of services, and educate owners on the specific needs of their roadsters. A tiled waiting room supplies TVs, an Internet café, free drinks, and free oxygen. There’s a free shuttle available as well, and the shop offers a complimentary pickup and drop-off service.
Originally founded in 1959 by Kurt Ziebart as Ziebart International Corp., Ziebart has morphed from an auto-rust-prevention outfit into a full-service auto accessory and detail shop that has cropped up at some 400 locations in 30 countries. Performing everything from window tinting and professional detailing to electronics installation, Ziebart's experienced staff cares for cars with high-end products, including seasonal paint protectant and the company’s renowned rust inhibitors. To protect cars inside and out, Ziebart technicians also install accouterments such as alarm systems to thwart thieves and sunroofs to thwart unflattering film negatives from processing correctly (services may vary by location).
Minnesota Helicopters’ Robinson R22 hovers like a hummingbird high above the St. Croix River, an ideal vantage point for scouting the surrounding bluffs for bald eagles. The craft then swoops toward St. Paul, darting past skyscrapers and the state Capitol. Tours such as this spotlight Minnesota’s natural and urban splendor from a singular perspective. In addition to the St. Croix River, pilots trace routes up the Mississippi and over Lake Minnetonka, and can even customize flight routes for passengers.
Those not content to cruise in the passenger seat can sign up for Minnesota Helicopters’ flight school and eventually chart their own courses for friends or stowaway ostriches.
VIP Motorsports outfits rides with all luxurious necessities. The shop’s skilled technicians add glitz and glamour to autos with shiny new rims and grills, shroud taillights and windows with professional tints, and put bounce back in cars' stride with booming audio systems. They enable easy vehicle ignition with help from the Encore E2 remote car starter, allowing drivers to start engines from the front door or while parachuting into a convertible.