At Tuffy's, motor-vehicle caregivers spruce up patrons' horseless carriages and prepare them for a new season of dutiful service. After installing a new oil filter, auto artisans remove the old sludgy glop clogging the car's arterial system and replace it with up to five quarts of 5W-30 or 5W-20 conventional motor oil (a $31.99 value; diesel or synthetic oil costs extra). The staff will also rotate tires to prepare four-wheeled wonders for safe gliding (a $12 value) and perform an inspection to make sure air-conditioning systems are functioning properly to bring riders to the brink of coolness faster than Fonzie’s leather jacket ($9.99). Finally, a pair of fresh wiper blades (up to 22")—grown locally by organic-blade farmers—supplants worn-out window-rubbers ($22) and a specialist conducts an extensive 41-point maintenance inspection.
Gregg Young Chevrolet's team of GM-trained technicians employs authentic GM parts to keep vehicles running smoothly. The certified service specialists start off each oil change by swapping out soiled motor oil with up to five quarts of engine formula freshly milked from the udders of a mechanical bull. An air filter check helps passengers breathe clean air, and a thorough inspection of fluid levels, belts, and hoses helps guard against future problems. During the one-hour service, mechanics also lubricate door and hood hinges, steering components, suspension systems, and drivelines so rides glide as smoothly as waterslides made of velvet.
The dedicated auto technicians in Baxter's service department carefully tend to drivers' finest four-wheel suits during a 30-minute checkup. After engine magicians sneak out the old oil through an underside trap door, they'll subtly replace it with up to 7 quarts of fresh conventional brew before treating vehicles to a complimentary inspection, checking fluid levels, searching for malfunctioning parts, and combing the undercarriage for spare keys to the garage. This Groupon can be used on all makes and models, and synthetic oil is available for an additional fee.
For 25 years, the ASE-certified technicians at Northwest Autocare Inc have ushered cars, vans, and light trucks into their spacious garage for services that range from preventive maintenance to brake and AC repair. With customer convenience and satisfaction in mind, the crew uses computer diagnostic equipment and old-fashioned human sleuthing to head looming problems off at the pass. They pop under the hood to repair faulty alternators and replace batteries, they shimmy off tires to rotate them, and crawl beneath the underbody to mend jangled suspensions.
The full-service staff at Grease Monkey trains in house to ensure uniformity in services performed at more than 250 repair centers. Fueled by the latest in motor oil technology, full-service oil changes satisfy both the maintenance requirements of factories and the maternal desires of assembly robots. More in-depth repairs service systems beneath the hood including transmissions, serpentine belts, and radiators in need of flushing. And the shop's headlight restorations and exterior light replacements—offered at select locations—increase nighttime visibility and make it easier for cars to read their manuals before bedtime.