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.
Dilo's Auto Spa—a licensed and insured detailing facility—cleanses vehicles of muck and mire during extensive mobile and on-premises detailing sessions. The two-man staff, led by Dilo himself, measures paint jobs with an electronic depth gauge and mollycoddles exteriors with quality carnauba wax and soft woolen mittens during each meticulous detail. A dedicated owner with a lifelong passion for car maintenance, Dilo spends hours on each job, working to ensure that each ride he and his team service shines like King Midas’s keyboard.
The thundering missiles of a vicious hail storm nearly destroyed Jim’s Buick Regal. Not only did the car need a new hood, roof, and trunk—It needed a fresh fender and windshield, and half the vehicle would need repainting. But Matt Sain—who began sweeping the floor of his father’s auto shop when he was just 12—was up for the vehicular equivalent of major surgery. Before long, the Buick Regal emerged from its repairs shining and whole.
Matt has taken the reins at his father’s 35-year-old shop, working alongside a manager who has been with Central Body Company, Inc. for 26 of those years. The shop’s team of technicians spruces up cars, motor homes, boats, and even school buses, taking care of extensive fiberglass repairs and smaller concerns such as scratches and dents. Whether the experts are aligning frames or adding a tonneau cover, they work meticulously and efficiently, even pre-ordering parts to reduce the time a client has to spend riding a rented camel around town.
The experienced car coddlers at Todd Archer Hyundai drain and replace the liquid lifeblood of most auto makes and models during a 30-minute oil-change package. After auto ardents lubricate the parched car's desert-dry throat with up to 6 quarts of oil, they'll rotate its tires to even out wear and tear on its wheels and minimize bickering between tires about which bridge to take to get to the airport. Then, a car wash expels stubborn dirt and debris to leave the chassis beaming and shining. Finally, the mechanics comb the car in a complimentary multipoint inspection to confirm that it's a safe, highway-worthy vehicle and not just a horse and buggy with an AM/FM radio taped to the harness.
While most wouldn't take an out-of-shape Yorkie to an agility trial, many drivers push their sputtering vroomers across state lines without a second thought. Give your ride a routine oil transfusion ($34 average value) and fresh filter swap designed to help you avoid interstate breakdowns and awkward silences in the cab of the tow truck. Along with the renewed fluid fluency, your vehicle is also given a bumper-to-bumper inspection ($81 average value) with checks on the chassis, air filters, breather filters, tire pressures, and any other suspicious areas that allude to potential involvement in car-corrupting activities, such as raging five-alarm fires in the trunk. Though the normal prices of services vary based on make and model, today's Groupon covers any-sized passenger vehicles (not valid for commercial vehicles such as monster trucks and airplanes).
Inside the 5,500-square-foot garage at Homan's Auto, ASE-certified technicians fiddle with engines and batteries while meticulous detailing crews scrub away dirt and grime from cars, boats, and RVs. Using diagnostic equipment, the skilled team sleuths out and repairs vehicular issues, from transmission troubles to chocolate syrup seeping into the engine. While the teams work, customers relax in the waiting area amid free WiFi and frothy cappuccinos, or they can hitch a ride to work or home aboard the free shuttle.
Technicians at Auto Boss carefully usher dirt off the premises of cars during 30-minute interior and exterior sweeps. Outer shells forfeit smudges to an arsenal of soaps and waters as the shiny complexion of their dealership youth floods back to their façade. Technicians fuss about the tires until they're sparkling and free from puddle muck, and then explore the deepest clefts of door jambs to expunge buildup. Next, staffers pop the hood and scrub the engine clean, treating it to a rejuvenating bubble bath as a reward for motoring the car and babysitting the pistons. Astute vacuums conclude the wash as they do a final run through the interior, sniffing morsels and debris from the seat cracks and hidden crevices.