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.
Joel Ontiveros and his courteous staffers have cleansed and detailed roadsters inside and out since 2001. Instead of using brushes, which can leave scratches or unintentional Dutch portraits, Joel's team uses soft cloths and industry-grade elbow grease. They also use biodegradable soap and reclaimed water to conserve resources and do their part for the environment.
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.
Staffed with meticulous technicians and equipped with advanced cleaning technology, Car Wash of Palm Desert's facility refurbishes soiled vehicles of all sizes with full-service car wash and detail services. Gentle washes add cleaning products to their dirt-purging routine, and technicians augment express and complete detail packages with shine-restoring hand waxes and confidence-restoring pep talks. Open seven days a week, the wash center swells with the sounds of vehicles forfeiting dirt and lamenting single-car garages, and an onsite gift shop offers an array of keepsakes and greeting cards for browsing customers or infant scooters afraid of bath time.
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.