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 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—all of which 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 offer preventative services such as air-filtration and electrical-system maintenance, among others. 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.
The technicians at Beckett’s Automotive Center are all ASE certified, yet their expertise is secondary to the humble, honest way they serve their customers. On Monday–Saturday, techs efficiently change oil, tune up engines, rotate tires, and offer repairs. They even rescue drivers from roadsides 24 hours a day with tow trucks or mend simple problems on the spot, such as serenading engines that only turn off after a lullaby.
The ASE-certified technicians at Express Oil Change jump-start the approximately 10-minute oil change by quenching jalopy engine thirst with up to five quarts of conventional oil (with an additional charge for synthetic or bottled oils), replacing the filter, and lubricating the chassis. Skilled technicians also meticulously examine the steering, suspension, undercarriage, air filter, and fluid levels of each vehicle to ensure that there are no issues such as a malfunctioning headlight or an unfashionable belt. Wheels stolen from song-extolled buses are kept melodically turning with a tire rotation and balance, helping to promote even wear and tear on all rubber road donuts.
At Eagle Aviation's Cessna Pilot Center, potential pilots get the rare chance to learn the fundamentals of flying in a secure, well-maintained Cessna aircraft. The training begins with a pre-takeoff briefing on flight protocols and a thorough inspection of the plane. Aspiring aviators and an FAA-certified instructor then lift off in an up-to-date Cessna 172SP for some soaring, basic maneuvering, and taking in sweeping views of Lexington County from 3,500 feet. The entire experience from engine startup to shutdown is approximately 30 minutes long. After the student helps land and taxi the aircraft, a postflight briefing addresses questions and reviews lessons learned throughout the celestial jaunt. Each flight allows room for a friend to share the thrill and corroborate Pegasus sightings.