More than 50 years ago, Mr. Transmission's technicians performed their first fix-up job. In the half century since then, the staffers have become experts at repairing manuals, automatics, and semiautomatics. They offer maintenance for transmissions and can rebuild them more effectively than a squirrel can stash things, be they acorns or auto parts. Mr. Transmission also offers free performance checks, a nationwide warranty, and AC tune-ups.
Liberty Auto’s mechanics slip under hoods and chassis to keep autos trundling asphalt jungles with few hiccups and even fewer breakdowns. The techs specialize in vehicular-maintenance services—such as oil changes and visual inspections—that help prolong the lives of cars.
Laketa Patrick at Healing Touch Salon & Boutique upkeeps hair with haircuts and conditioning treatments. She can straighten locks with relaxers or keratin treatments, or she can highlight hair until it’s as colorful as a peacock.
Xpress Shine Car Wash’s automated tunnel is designed to re-create the gentle touch of human hands—if human hands were able to wash an entire car in three minutes. As vehicles start along the 125-foot conveyor, a biodegradable, high-lubricity foam begins to break up dirt and grime. The eco-friendly system then deploys recycled, low-pressure water and strategically placed cloth ribbons made from spa robes in place of brushing, blasting, or harsh chemicals. Optional surface protectants and a powerful air-dryer array finish the process, after which drivers can use free high-powered vacuums to get the inside as clean as the outside.
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.