Automotive in Elkhart

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Drive & Shine's lengthy wash tunnel scrubs muck and mire from auto frames with eco-friendly soaps and nimble-fingered soft foam wraps. During the 10- to 15-minute service, an underbody wash cleanses the car's road-facing parts, and autos beam like a smiling hologram after being lovingly smothered in applications of clear-coat sealant and foam polish. A layer of Diamond Wax projects the radiant luster of the finish far into the future, and Wheel Brite and tire dressing keep the vehicle's rubber boots looking spick-and-span. To keep the interior looking sharp, technicians climb inside to vacuum dirt, debris, and crumbs from the rugs and seats, beat particles out of mats, scrub windows, and wipe dashes and door jambs with soapy foam wraps. Ten percent of Drive & Shine's proceeds will be donated to United Way, an organization that promotes healthy living and helps humans reach their full potential.

400 N Nappanee St
Elkhart,
IN
US

Armed with gentle soft cloths and biodegradable chemicals, Lighthouse Carwash's automated system sanctifies vehicle exteriors all year long, at all hours of the day. After a presoak and underbody wash, The Works car wash caresses exteriors with soft cloths accompanied by three foaming shampoos sprayed out of gothic soap gargoyles. Robotic appendages then coat surfaces with a cleansing conditioner and clear-coat protectant to bring out a sunglasses-shattering sheen. Like a pedicure, a high-pressure wheel blast and application of tire cleaner gives its recipient the confidence to wear risqué open-toe sandals in public. Each of Lighthouse Carwash's top-of-the-line washes wraps up with a spot-free rinse and power blow-dry.

54561 County Road 17
Elkhart,
IN
US

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, 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 who 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 perform 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.

1206 N Nappanee St.
Elkhart,
IN
US

Without fresh oil, the parts of an engine gradually generate more friction and move less efficiently. Tire rotations can prolong the life of tires, helping to distribute wear more evenly. Simple maintenance processes such as these can save drivers money and time and prevent breakdowns in the dark woods where terrible barbershop quartets practice. To this end, Monteith Tire’s technicians, who are certified by the Automotive Service Excellency agency, have worked to keep rides running smoothly for nearly three decades.

1642 W Beardsley Ave
Elkhart,
IN
US

Signature service: Hydrographics and Water Transfer Printing

Established: 2013

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Brands Used: PPG, Dupont, Sherwin Williams, and Industrial finishes

Pro Tip: Hydrographics is a painting process, it's not a vinyl decal.

1900 Fieldhouse Avenue
Elkhart,
IN
US

For more than five decades, Veldman’s Service Center has taken care of South Bend-area autos with a wide range of services. The staff of ASE-certified technicians skillfully performs wheel alignments, heat and AC maintenance, and brake services, to ensure that cars can stop quickly in case a band of Froggers jumps onto the highway.

3320 Cassopolis Street
Elkhart,
IN
US