Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Center's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
Three generations of automobile owners owe their shiny rides to Blue Spring Auto Wash, which has been in business for 25 years. Their Neo-Tex Foam System wash features soft cloths that sweep dirt off the finish with a gentle yet expansive touch, plus triple foam waxes and shining products that remove grime and replace it with a glossy shine. The wash does well to give the car a sparkling exterior, but cars that need more aggressive scrubbing need not leave the safety of their driveways. Mobile detail services include hand washes, Carnuba waxes, and high-gloss buffing, as well as shampoos and leather and vinyl dressing. All of these options are a more effective way to clean a car than hosing it down in the driveway or trying to park it inside a carnival dunk tank.
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 package, which promotes 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 prevents 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) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube's savants perform air-filtration, battery, and transmission services, among others. The technicians' quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, only complete a service after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.