In 1987, the Dayton Daily News briefly outlined the life of Charles L. Marshall, the then 86-year-old president and owner of Grismer Tire. Though the article appeared a quarter of a century ago, it still captured 55 years worth of history at Grismer, from its purchase during ?the dark days? of the Great Depression?thanks to Marshall?s winning personality and a banker?s $13,000 loan?to its transformation into one of the most successful auto centers in Ohio.
Today, at each of its 22 locations scattered across Southern Ohio, ASE-certified technicians continue to dispense the top-notch service that made the garage famous. They drain and replenish oil, align wheels, and fix busted transmissions and cooling systems. Equipped with nine brands of tires, including Michelin, Bridgestone, and BF Goodrich, the team outfits rides of all makes and models with brand-new rollers, allowing them to zip down highways or blend in at parades with ease.
From standard oil changes to engine and transmission repairs, the trusted technicians at Car King Auto Care Center keep vehicles running smoothly. The team complements a comprehensive service list with diligent courtesy checks, including visual inspections of air filters and fluids, and a rundown of the manufacturer?s recommendations for replacing filters or getting the hood ornament to do backflips.
Restore radiance to road wagons with a top-to-bottom detailing. Talented techs will remove grime from vehicles during hand washes before cleaning the underside of the hoods, undercarriages, wheels, and gas-cap covers using Ardex and Strike Force cleaning and protection products. Thoroughly cleaning doorjambs will send cars into giggly convulsions before automotive dentists attack the engine compartment with a housing floss and scrub and window-washers eliminate embarrassing tic-tac-toe defeats. Trunks, consoles, trims, interior roofs, and carpets are vacuumed and cleaned, and seats are scoured and treated with fabric or leather protectants. Before they're returned to harsh roadways brimming with salt, sludge, and UV-laden sunbeams, autos are treated with clear-coat paint sealant. For drivers who can't drop off their sullied sedans, Johnny's offers a free pickup service from homes and offices within a 20-minute drive of their shop.
Mike’s Express Car Wash’s trusty team has been cleaning muddy motor vehicles since 1948 with a combination of state-of-the-art equipment, specially formulated shampoos, soft cloth scrubs, and touchless hot-air dryers. Get The Works and soiled sedans will be lovingly scrubbed during a high-quality express wash, brushlessly brushed with heated water and eight different signature soaps. An application of Mike’s clear coat shields hunched hatchbacks from the elements, rotten tomatoes, and good-natured ribbing. Wheels roll away polished to perfection, while sparkling clean underbellies are wrapped in a soothing rust-inhibiting cocoon to survive winter’s storms of snow and salt.
Since Bob Sumerel opened his first retail tire store in 1968, he has always tried to put the customer first, next to all the gold-medal winners and Neil Armstrong. His store's 20-plus current locations offer an entire slate of auto services, from tire rotations and sales to oil changes. On the site's Why Bob Sumerel page, customers and employees discuss the benefits of the company, and the My Garage feature tracks car histories such as oil changes and service reminders. Every Bob Sumerel also operates under the Fixed Forever guarantee, promising that parts will work forever—up until the sun balloons to a red giant and swallows the earth with its unfathomably hot plasma—with warranties to cover any unforeseen problems.
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 package, 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?all of which 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 offer 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.