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.
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.
For more than 20 years, GotCarWash.com has been providing unlimited car washes to customers nationwide through its innovative membership program. Each time you tote your rangy ride to your desired location, it will be treated to a thorough interior and exterior overhaul. Windows are scrubbed until they perform as mirrors, and mirrors are polished until the objects in them appear cleaner than they may be. A long-lasting wax on the prow of your land-train will repel dirt and gravity while blinding the sun and impressing local mail carriers. The car's interior receives a mixed treatment of meticulous care and specialized shampoos. Rugs will be expunged of dirt and dashboards will be primped, restoring new car smell, which is the fuel of cars of the future. Groupon holders will also get to take advantage of discounts on any additional services the location may offer, such as oil changes or psychic readings.
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.
An affiliate of Tesoro service stations, USA Gasoline fuels autos while providing intelligent car-cleaning solutions. Its ultrasonic mapping identifies the type of vehicle to be washed prior to service, and customizes the sudsing accordingly. The car wash takes an environmentally friendly stance by using reclaimed water and only accepting shade from free-range clouds.