Originally founded in 1959 by Kurt Ziebart as Ziebart International Corp., Ziebart has morphed from an auto-rust-prevention outfit into a full-service auto accessory and detail shop that has cropped up at some 400 locations in 30 countries. Performing everything from window tinting and professional detailing to electronics installation, Ziebart's experienced staff cares for cars with high-end products, including seasonal paint protectant and the company’s renowned rust inhibitors. To protect cars inside and out, Ziebart technicians also install accouterments such as alarm systems to thwart thieves and sunroofs to thwart unflattering film negatives from processing correctly (services may vary by location).
The skilled car whisperers at Grease Monkey perform rejuvenating miracles on all areas of motorized horseless carriages. They'll gladly tackle a full-service oil change ($38 and up), radiator flushing ($90 and up), or automatic transmission servicing ($100 and up). The same professional care given to your car's inner workings carries over to its exterior. Relight a busted headlight or taillight ($10 and up), rotate a set of weary tires ($22), or clear the way for better windshield clearing with a wiper-swap (starting at $13 each).
The blue hues of Evolution Audio’s shop radiate coolness, as does the store’s inventory of high-end custom audio kits, rims, and mobile video systems. The staff specializes in car, home, and marine audio, wielding speakers and subwoofers from brands such as Alpine and JBL that fit snuggly into custom cabinets. They also specialize in additional technological upgrades for cars that include remote-starter installation and video systems.
Auto Effects' in-house tinter expertly adorns cars with sun-truncating films to ward off UV rays and high temperatures. Though regular window-tinting film is applied without heat, leading to imperfections and tiny bubbles, premium window-tinting film is applied with a high-heat process that results in a factory finish. Tinted windows protect interior upholstery from sun damage, keep glares from distracting the driver, and reduce heat, all while enhancing the car's style and improving its ability to sleep through drivers’ ed class. During the service, technicians shroud the front two windows of any car, keeping the cockpit cool and shaded. Groupon holders can also apply the value of today's deal toward upgrades such as two-car full-window films ($240 for premium) or full-tint jobs for four-door cars ($280+ for premium), blocking the sun’s overheated advances and the moon’s day-glo American flags.
The technicians at Mr. Tire maintain and repair more than three million cars a year, replenishing oil and rotating tires for sustained, smooth vehicle performance. During the oil change and tire rotation, technicians outfit autos with new oil filters and keep engines purring with up to five quarts of conventional oil. Mr. Tire’s technicians also inspect tires’ air- and peer-pressure levels, then rotate tires before bad influences can convince them to shoplift broken glass. A brake inspection acts as a reflex test for cars, keeping vehicles’ reaction times sharp.
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.