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.
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.
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.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Centers’ mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
Don's Auto Repair, Inc. is a family-owned manor of mechanical maintenance dating back to 1941 and is currently run by Don Sr., his son, and his two grandsons. After soothing your auto's hacking cough with a decadent dose of oil, Don and his crew will check its 23 most sensitive spots, massaging out the kinks and checking for harbingers of potential problems. Finally, a tire rotation will make sure that no rubberized edge bears the whole brunt of your vehicle's wear and tear during a season of demolition derbies and joyrides to Vegas with hitch-hiking water-polo teams. The shop's bright yellow stools and colorful red walls create a cheery atmosphere for customers while they wait for their revitalized rides.
For more than 40 years, the family-run Brogan Tire & Repair Group has been caring for cars, replenishing engine fluids, restocking rubber, and offering a host of other services designed to enhance and lengthen an vehicle's time on the road. The full-service oil change rehydrates thirsty pistons, pumping them with up to 5 quarts of conventional Valvoline oil sifted through a new filter to make nearby coffeemakers jealous. Brogan's ASE-certified techs top off under-the-hood fluids, inflate the tires to a happy PSI, inspect wiper blades, verify turn signal bulbs, and examine any suspect wear on engine belts and hoses.