Texas Car Wash restores horseless carriages to a pristine state with comprehensive, multi-service cleanings and provides temporarily displaced drivers with an amenity-rich environment to keep them occupied while they wait. Each 10- to 12-minute Super Wash cleaning begins with a full-scale exterior wash and an application of triple-foam conditioner to purge vehicular surface terrains of dirt, mud, and impacted meteors. Velocity Clear Coat protectants safeguard the sparkle of recently exhumed exteriors, and a spot-free rinse and hand-towel dry round off the chassis-pampering procedure. A Wheel Brite treatment exfoliates grimy tire surfaces, and a tire dressing helps to protect against damage and makes a tasty Thanksgiving side dish. While motorists wait for their four-wheeled friends, they can peruse the trinkets in the car wash’s well-stocked convenience store or stop by the full-service barbershop to get their hair styled to match their rearview mirror’s fuzzy dice.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with the standard brake service including a lifetime warranty on parts, labor and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, factory maintenance services, batteries, belt replacement, and fluid services.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil-Change, which helps promote the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car—it cools the motor and helps prevent moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) service vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, technicians perform preventative services such as air-filtration, among others, as well as state emissions inspections. Jiffy Lube’s quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
Though you can apply your labor hours toward whatever service you or your car desires, a 60-minute session could encompass a complete investigation into any mysterious blinking dashboard lights, an electrical-systems test, and the replacement of drive belts, threadbare brake pads, fuel filters, or any other simple worn part. The cost of any replacement part required during labor is not included in this deal.
Winners of Meineke's 2010 Gold Certificate for Customer Satisfaction, the ASE-certified automotive repairmen at Meineke Car Care Center on Cypress Creek Parkway keep vehicles running smoothly. Each oil change begins when mechanics force the motor to spit out its used oil and gargle mouthwash for 30 seconds before receiving a new standard filter and up to 5 quarts of conventional motor oil. The car whisperers then inspect the engine for potential technical issues that could affect performance or safety, and check the road steed's fluids to make sure each is filled to its proper level. Tires are rotated, ensuring that each one receives an equal amount of wear and a chance to control the car's undercarriage radio. After 20–30 minutes, owners take back the reins of their healthy cars and commute with the confidence afforded by four months of roadside assistance.