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.
Travels In Wine Tours' co-founders, Kimberlee Young and Derek Schuler, share their love of wine, food, and travel with curious tourists through tours designed and led by certified sommeliers. Epicurean scenic tours of boutique wineries, personalized luxury Napa vacations, and custom weekend getaways marry viticultural education with flavorful indulgence as guests take in picturesque panoramas of vineyards that stretch to the horizon before curving upward and forming bridges to the moon.
Rick Fedorovich, City Automotive's owner/operator, spent his childhood admiring fine vehicles and rebuilding classic cars, eventually enrolling in the Automotive Training Center to turn his beloved hobby into a lifelong career. Rick put in 25 years of running repair shops, mastering advanced repair techniques and automotive psychoanalysis before finally setting up shop in Greensboro, where he oversees a team of ASE-certified mechanics. This crew extends the life of vehicles with everything from routine oil changes and tire rotations to more existential engine problems that require sophisticated diagnostics equipment.
For more than 20 years, the technicians at Sound Solutions have been outfitting rides with aftermarket modifications ranging from stereo speakers to remote starters. The team easily installs overhead monitors and DVD players for ample backseat entertainment during long road trips or use window tinting to keep interiors safe from sun damage. Their stock of radar detectors typically come equipped with GPS technology, which alerts drivers to upcoming speed traps and cross-dimensional shortcuts.
There are plenty of automotive centers that altogether neglect environmental concerns. Not Honest-1 Auto Care. The Environmentally Sustainable Actions-certified automotive-care center sees to the longevity of cars with a slate of traditional services, and they also focus on pollution prevention, recycling, and resource conservation. Their respect for the comfort of Mother Nature dovetails with their efforts to make patrons comfortable during services. Honest-1 offers complimentary shuttle services to nearby areas. But for those waiting, they'll find the comfort of a large, tiled lobby, granite countertops, a seating area filled with leather couches and flat-screen televisions, and an Internet café with clean restrooms. Patrons can take advantage of a coffee bar and complimentary beverages or a large, secured children's play area, where kids waiting for their Hot Wheels to get a tune-up read Car and Driver Junior Edition. While guests wait in comfort, the careful, experienced technicians evaluate, quote, and fix problems—all while recycling oils, fluids, and coolants.
The mobile mechanics of John O'Brian Auto Care travel to customers' locations to lather crusty cars and perform oil changes with synthetic-blend oil. During the 30-minute gold-service wash, technicians scrub the frame with soapy water, dry it with a towel, and shield their eyes from the blinding glow. Next, they scrub the tires into brimming black and silver, awaken fogged-up windows, and nosedive inside with a vacuum aimed at every crevice and seat cushion. Dashboards and center consoles spring to life resuscitated by sponges, and spot checks on the carpet and seats target recently spilled drinks, grease, or party-size cans of beans.