Big O Tires outfits wheels with tires from Michelin, Goodyear and other trusted brands–including their own Big O brand tires that are backed by a three-year warranty and a lifetime of rotations. The retailer has been in the road-ready rubber trade since 1962, when it began as a single co-op; over the past five decades, it has blossomed into a network of more than 480 locations, spanning 20 states. The shops’ ASE-certified technicians not only specialize in tires, but also tend autos with a comprehensive array of repair and maintenance services. They deftly change oil, replace brakes, and meticulously administer multi-point inspections, which ensure that headlights work and that wiper blades aren’t actually sleeping rattlesnakes.
With participating locations nationwide, Auto Care Special lets customers reach out to their local garages for a grab bag of free and discounted maintenance services. Cards may be redeemed for multiple vehicles over the course of one year for services such as oil changes, safety inspections, and engine-light diagnoses. Those who move or create alter-egos over the course of the year can scan the locations page for participating garages in their new cities of residence to receive a complimentary maintenance bundle.
Texaco Xpress Lube's squadron of experienced technicians keeps vehicles in good running order with rejuvenating car-care treatments. During the oil change, mechanics drain engines and refill them with up to five quarts of standard motor oil, then install a new oil filter to keep fluids free of contaminants and lubricate moving parts, ranging from door hinges to the tertiary trunk shaft.
One of the world’s largest motorcycle-rental outfitters, EagleRider gives chrome jockeys access to its formidable fleet of BMWs, Harleys, Hondas, and Triumphs, as well as the gear necessary for day-long odysseys on the open road. Customers first select their two-wheeled steed of choice, from the touring Twin Cam Harley-Davidson Road King to the easy-riding Harley Dyna Wide Glide. They then undergo orientation, brushing up on all aspects of safety and bandana tying. Once revved up, Fonda channelers slap on leather jackets, secure helmets, and mount the concrete with the faithful assistance and droll commentary of a GPS navigation system. Though basic liability insurance is provided with each rental, clients will have to gas up tanks and leave a major credit card for a security deposit before departing on low-riding jaunts.
At Desert Express Car Wash, a 160-foot-long, state-of-the-art automated kiosk cleans exteriors in as little as six minutes. The wash tunnel performs four different washes, ranging from a basic but powerful soft-touch wash to a Premium Everything wash with triple-foam polish wax and clear-coat protectant. Patrons can then pull into one of 28 complimentary self-serve vacuum stations sheltered by a curved metal covering. The stations also feature vending machines with towels, soda, and air fresheners fragrant enough to make GPS machines calculate routes to Fiji. Not only does the car wash look futuristic, it also looks to the future by recycling all of its water.
At Palmer Automotive & Electric's AAA-approved full-service repair and maintenance shop, ASE-certified technicians flaunt their expertise in an array of services, including oil changes, wheel alignments, and brake repairs. They welcome all vehicle makes and models into their garage, which boasts computer diagnostics and shelves of NAPA auto parts. To help to simplify service, the staff supplies a drop box for before- or after-hours drop-offs and mans a local shuttle service that transports auto owners to nearby homes, offices, or unfilled-in potholes.