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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.

6941 Lawyers Rd
Charlotte,
NC
US

To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?

Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.

6801 Northlake Mall Dr.
Charlotte,
NC
US

From more than 35 years with 350 facilities in six countries, Precision Tune Auto Care has spent the last three decades keeping more than 2.5 million vehicles on the road with an array of maintenance and auto-repair services. Professionally trained mechanics lube engines with signature precision oil changes, rotate tires to ensure even tread wear, repair busted brakes, and test spark plugs to safeguard against ignition failure during dramatic drive-thru getaways. Whether performing complicated services on fuel-injection and cooling systems or simply aligning tires, the mechanics back all their services with a 12-month, 12,000-mile national warranty.

4909 South Blvd
Charlotte,
NC
US

Parks Chevrolet’s skillful team of technicians nurtures chariots with thorough oil-change packages. With each Maintenance I package (a $28.95 value each), they’ll douse engines in up to five quarts of fresh oil, replace ragged filters, and chase away lost penguins nesting in the fan belt. Then, they’ll slather lubricant onto steering and transaxle shift linkages, underbody contact points, and parking-brake cable guides, reducing friction to improve overall auto performance. After mechanics top off thirsty fluids and check tire pressures, jalopies will be prepped to sail smoothly across asphalt oceans for another 3,000 miles.

6441 N Tryon St
Charlotte,
NC
US

Victory Lane Karting gives go-karters who've advanced beyond the monotonous 15-mph kart a chance to blaze around a 70,000-square-foot indoor facility at speeds of up to 40 mph. The 10-minute races let drivers motor around in the Sodi RX7, a top-of-the-line cart furnished with a sophisticated timing system and a shock-absorbing bumping system made out of stale angel-food cake. Softly accelerate while smoothly navigating through the road course's many tight turns, then drop the hammer and rev through the long straightaways. After the race, you'll receive a printout that provides lap-by-lap analysis of your performance and a factual account of what you'll be doing in 2022.

2330 Tipton Dr
Charlotte,
NC
US

Havoline captures four-wheeled mobiles and gives them thorough scrub downs that restore shininess and flush out dirty interiors. With a trio of level-one washes, autos have three opportunities to take a cleansing trip through the precision-programmed, automatic soft-cloth wash tunnel, in which bumpers are cleaned and tires are pressure washed to blast away tread grime that's overstayed its welcome. After coaxing your car out of its cozy bath tunnel with promises of free spoilers and lightbars, Havoline's cleaners towel down the mechanical beast before hoovering seats, mats, and carpets clear of gunk and wiping windows clean. Finally, the attendants dust down the dashboard, steering column, and console before applying a spritz of car cologne that's certain to strike love in the engines of autos all across the neighborhood.

4848 Brookshire Blvd
Charlotte,
NC
US