Ziebart has had plenty of time to perfect its auto-detailing services: the shop has been in business for more than 50 years. Trained and certified technicians use ultramodern equipment and Ziebart's own brand of products to detail interiors and exteriors, protect paint, and repair scratches. They also tint windows and program remote starters.
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, 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 who 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 perform 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.
For more than five decades, Veldman’s Service Center has taken care of South Bend-area autos with a wide range of services. The staff of ASE-certified technicians skillfully performs wheel alignments, heat and AC maintenance, and brake services, to ensure that cars can stop quickly in case a band of Froggers jumps onto the highway.
Without fresh oil, the parts of an engine gradually generate more friction and move less efficiently. Tire rotations can prolong the life of tires, helping to distribute wear more evenly. Simple maintenance processes such as these can save drivers money and time and prevent breakdowns in the dark woods where terrible barbershop quartets practice. To this end, Monteith Tire’s technicians, who are certified by the Automotive Service Excellency agency, have worked to keep rides running smoothly for nearly three decades.
Signature service: Hydrographics and Water Transfer Printing
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Brands Used: PPG, Dupont, Sherwin Williams, and Industrial finishes
Pro Tip: Hydrographics is a painting process, it's not a vinyl decal.
Drive & Shine's lengthy wash tunnel scrubs muck and mire from auto frames with eco-friendly soaps and nimble-fingered soft foam wraps. During the 10- to 15-minute service, an underbody wash cleanses the car's road-facing parts, and autos beam like a smiling hologram after being lovingly smothered in applications of clear-coat sealant and foam polish. A layer of Diamond Wax projects the radiant luster of the finish far into the future, and Wheel Brite and tire dressing keep the vehicle's rubber boots looking spick-and-span. To keep the interior looking sharp, technicians climb inside to vacuum dirt, debris, and crumbs from the rugs and seats, beat particles out of mats, scrub windows, and wipe dashes and door jambs with soapy foam wraps. Ten percent of Drive & Shine's proceeds will be donated to United Way, an organization that promotes healthy living and helps humans reach their full potential.