Auto Styles' factory-trained and certified technicians embellish cars and boats with the help of top-grade window tint, audio, and upholstery products, all covered by warranties against defects. They computer-cut window films, integrate iPods into audio systems, and repair dents without using paint. Each year, the technicians perform hundreds of upholstery jobs for local dealerships using Katzkin leather, and can even customize interiors with ostrich and crocodile skin so that every drive is a safari.
For more than two decades, Hugo Fraga and his family have restored and fine-tuned the intricacies of customers' timepieces in Precision Time's convenient mall stores. In addition to replacing batteries and manicuring the hands of more than seven million watches, the millisecond specialists carry a full spectrum of watches and wristbands by designers including Swiss Military, Invicta, and Casio. A collection of Sottomarino timepieces ($39–$599) bestows wearers with craftsmanship infused with contemporary and traditional flair, and a collection of London Underground watches ($36) pairs classic and modern styling typical in across-the-pond fashion.
Since 1924, the ASE-certified technicians of Dimmitt Chevrolet have been relieving rides of conundrums caused by street collisions and motor malfunctions with an array of auto-repair services. Dimmitt can treat light trucks with suspension and driveline lubrications, oil and filter replacements, and body inspections ($32.95), or offer power-steering services ($99.95) to expel old steering fluids and inspect the conditions of hoses, clamps, and Saturn V rocket boosters. Hot days can be neutralized with an air-conditioning performance tune-ups ($84.95) and throttle-body and fuel-injector services ($129.95) remove deposits caused by fuel combustion. Complimentary brake-system inspections for cars and light trucks examine hydraulic hardware to help ensure that horseless carriages remain road-safe.
Technicians at Jimmie's Towing & Recovery bolster automobile performance during 30-minute oil-change packages. Tools in hand, the deft mechanics coax spent oil from the car and replace it with up to 5 quarts of clean fluid, which slickens the engine and keeps it entertained with the sound of lubrication. After completing the oil job, technicians shuffle tires during a rotation in order to equalize tread wear, prolong tire life, and stimulate smoother driving. Before sending four-wheelers down the road for another around-the-world jaunt, the techs check brakes to confirm safe stopping power in case of spontaneous traffic jams.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the 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, brakes, electricity, and windshield 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.
Owned by experienced auto repairman Randy Meyers, Honka Automotive relieves roadsters of conundrums caused by curmudgeonly oil and impure oil filters. Drop off a compromised cruiser or a plagued pickup for a comprehensive oil change, which purges oil reservoirs of world-worn pomades and tops off tanks with up to 5 quarts of a fresh-faced premium bulk blend. After swapping sedan syrups, a system surgeon will substitute the car's old colander for a new filter not yet corrupted by engine grease or coffee grounds. Next, talented technicians will examine the vehicle from bumper to bumper to diagnose any safety concerns, discover maintenance issues, and locate hard-to-find on-off switches. Over the course of 12 months, change a car’s motor oil up to three times, or get one oil change for three different cars.
Grown from two small shops to 28 locations by the sweat equity of a hard-working father-and-son team, McGee Tire’s open-air bays now proudly display the cobalt and maize décor signifying their status as authorized Goodyear dealers. Skilled hands outfit hoisted cars with conventional and standard oil while computerized systems recalibrate tires, brake service secures stoppers, and transmission tune-ups correct gear-bound problems. At the core of full-scale commercial fleet services, a specialized shearography machine helped earn McGee Auto Service & Tire a mention on Modern Tire Dealer's Top 100 Retreaders in the U.S. list. Oversize vehicle service also caters to recreational drivers, with RV service including repairing electrical systems, recalibrating drive trains, and restocking the feedback of the horn's onboard bugler.