In 1952, after years of ferrying car batteries to wholesalers throughout Dallas in his trusty red Studebaker pickup truck, John Searcy opened a shop of his own. Now a national franchise with more than 300 locations, Interstate All Battery Center powers up gadgets from a catalog of more than 16,000 batteries. Specialized cells from an array of brands including Apple, Motorola, and Creative Labs power home electronics, including the cell phones and singing wall fish that run constantly in most modern households. Cordless tools purr warmly, and medical equipment, such as hearing aids and wheelchairs, continue their crucial functions with fresh energy. The shop also powers up vehicles from golf carts to vintage cars to RVs with batteries from Audi and other companies. The staff collects and recycles upward of 850 million pounds of batteries each year.
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.
For more than 35 years, the highly trained technicians at Precision Tune Auto Care have been the sworn enemy of check-engine lights around the globe, battling auto troubles with a full array of maintenance and repair services. They tackle problems both cosmetic and mechanical on sedans, SUVs, minivans, and even hybrids, which require special care since they?re half car and half human. From 350 locations in six countries, these car clinicians hone their expertise by servicing 2.5 million vehicles each year.
Water, soaps, waxes, and protectants lather vehicles passing through Perfect 10 Car Wash's tunnel seven days a week. The facility specializes in keeping cars clean, and they do so with a number of car wash packages that cover every aspect of the car, from tire to antennae. For vehicles in need of more drastic measures, detailers take things into their own hands; they apply paint sealant by hand, shampoo interior carpets and upholstery, and detail all nooks and crannies. Perfect 10 Car Wash also offers unlimited wash plans so motorists can swing by anytime they drive through a puddle or slow dance with a tow truck.
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.
PTL Detail's car scrubbers have escorted more than 35,000 vehicles into the realm of cleanliness. Their pickup and delivery options keep busy car owners in the loop, allowing them to take advantage of interior and exterior detail packages, which cover everything from full buffing and hand-washing to cupholder cleaning and engine degreasing. Customers can also roll their autos in themselves for these complete treatments or for some à la carte services—the removal of excess hair left by pet yetis, for example, or the application of a windshield protectant that makes it harder for water and ice to collect. The technicians can also buff away the oxidization collected on headlights and wet-sand paint jobs to erase deep, stubborn scratches.