With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Tire & Auto has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
The trained technicians at Access Automotive foster four-wheel transportation with a garageful of maintenance and repair services. The team helps reinforce vehicular vigor by performing oil changes, alignments, and fuel- and air-induction cleanings. They also diagnose automotive ailments before problems escalate and impact a car's performance, lifespan, or likelihood of costarring in a bikini-calendar photo shoot.
So established is Circle K Midwest that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.
At DentEx, auto technicians fix dents and assess necessary repairs through a meticulous, customer-centric process. They can replace everything from windshields and moldings to sheet metal parts and the soundtrack from Night Rider. Besides mending wounded buggies, they also maintain them with thorough detailing packages, restoring them to a showroom appearance.
Doc’s Harley-Davidson works to keep owners and aspiring riders outfitted with knowledge, maintenance, and necessary equipment, earning Dealernews's 2007 Grand Prize for “best practices in retailing” and community involvement. Amid 28,000 square feet of parts, accessories, and service space, owner Patty Bush and her staff of motorcycle specialists consistently update the shop with innovations and promotions while maintaining a commitment to quality that began with Patty’s father, Doc, in 1955. In addition to equipping riders with new and preowned Harley-Davidson motorcycles and gear, the staff educates newcomers with a blend of classroom instruction and real-road experience that instills confidence when handling tricky turns or encountering speed-limit signs that involve fractions.