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 Center's 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.
Brothers Auto Care & Tire's certified technicians can claim two advantages over a run-of-the-mill auto shop: advanced tools and computerized diagnostics. The latter help them locate issues in the car, while the former allow them to quickly repair those issues and get you back on the road. Of course, there's no getting on the road without a proper set of tires, which is why Brothers sells top-rated sets from brands such as Michelin and Dunlop. The shop welcomes nearly all vehicle makes and models, including exotic breeds imported from Italy or caught in the wild.
At each of its locations throughout the area, the technicians of Los Angeles Car Care keep their customers mobile with a wide variety of automotive repair capabilities. The team deals with leading manufacturers such as Michelin and Uniroyal when cars need new tires, but also forestalls a big tire purchase with computer balancing, rotation, and convincing current tires to think younger. Owners can also bring their sickly cars in for procedures ranging from oil changes and tune-ups to transmission repairs.
The staff members of Route 66 tend to men and women alike, providing salon services and barbering as needed. Under the leadership of owner Ron Dubin, they cultivate a warm atmosphere and begin each session with a focused conversation about the client's wants and needs. Then the styling and barbering commences, as guests gaze at memorabilia relating to the historic highway for which the shop was named. Treatments bear similarly nostalgic names—a Cruiser, or a precision cut on top with clippered sides, is one of several options for gentlemen, whereas ladies can opt for a Barbara Ann, a Peggy Sue, or a Paint Job, which does not actually involve paint.
The wheel was one of mankind's greatest inventions, and the ASE-certified technicians at Signature Tire treat it accordingly. Their shop—which opened in 1995—is an authorized Goodyear tire and auto-care center home to stacks of name-brand tires and techs versed in an array of rubber-mending services. They also keep cars ready for the road with essential auto maintenance, such as changing oil, servicing brakes, and aligning wheels in accordance with that day's zodiac forecast.