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.
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.
Whether you take your automobile to Auto Pro or CarFix, your personal vehicle will be in the hands of a specially trained staff of engine experts ready to coat the battered insides of piston-powered car hearts with fresh oil. A new oil filter is fitted to strain engine grime and misplaced hors d’oeuvre toothpicks from the lubricating oil flow, while a brand new pair of wiper blades ensures that inclement weather runoff is quickly whisked away, and produce is efficiently cleared from windshields after you've driven through inconveniently placed fruit stands. Additionally, a state emissions inspection preps vehicles for their pollution check-ups, keeps Johnny Q. Law out of the picture, and assures owners they haven’t been pumping gas tanks full of home-brewed naphtha. Prepare for memorable road trips and glide down winding roads more smoothly than a buttered-up bobsled thanks to today’s Groupon.
Renaissance Carpet Cleaners’ deluxe treatment fusses over frowsy floors in two rooms (up to 200 square feet per room) and a hallway, using a Rotovac hot-water extraction to scrub out dust mites, pollen, and allergens hidden inside pest-ridden pile. After coddling carpets with disinfectants and brighteners, floor toupees will be deodorized, and then a pre-spot treatment can erase traces of red-wine-finger-painting spills or your pet squid's ink blots. See Renaissance’s online schedule to make an appointment.
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.
Sport Durst Service's automotive technicians undergo continuous training to stay abreast of industry trends and tricky technical issues. Since the service center is attached to a supplier of new Mazda, Hyundai, Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge vehicles, Sport Durst's knowledgeable car tenders unleash factory-authorized repairs on ailing buggies, performed with genuine parts and advanced diagnostic equipment. Additionally, the shop helps fit repairs into busy schedules with weekend hours, express service lanes for routine maintenance, and guaranteed time of delivery. Loaner vehicles ensure auto owners get in and out of the shop quickly, and that they don’t have to spend the day in a waiting room twiddling their thumbs, playing phone games, or counting backward from one thousand.
City Automotive's ASE-certified technicians walk cars through a painless state-sanctified procedural to validate safe operations and regulatory emissions. During the 30-minute inspection, mechanics adjust headlights and turn signals, scrutinize brakes for proper stopping power, and squirt water at windshields to check the reflexes of wipers. Techs then gauge tires to approve the supportive condition of pavement pounders, verify proper handling on the steering mechanism, and reflect upon the importance of visibility in the rear view mirrors. Car horns brag of their bravado when pushed, proving their mettle against green-light dozers, and any cars equipped with post-factory tinted windows will be assessed based on a visibility light requirement. The mechanics then move on to the emissions inspection, where they test exhaust emission controls and eavesdrop on the muffler before introducing the car to a computer diagnostics system, which relates back to the mechanics the state of readiness monitors and the car's paralyzing fear of bicycles.