K&F Custom Car Detailing–techs train hoses on cars and buildings, unleashing rivulets of pressurized water to liberate exteriors from smudges and grime. Autos emerge from the detail shop freed from the effects of bug splatters and soda spills alike, thanks to staffers' meticulous exterior hand-washing and interior carpet and leather cleansing services. K&F also travels to homes and offices to pressure wash their walls, whether it's the whole façade or focused areas such as roofs, sidewalks, and the open mouths of parched lawn gnomes.
For Tom Tucker, a good car wash is all about the water. Rather than relying on the local supply, he's outfitted Carolina Car Wash with its own well and water-reclamation system, which feeds the wash's jets with purified H2O. This nearly self-sufficient system provides a constant source of water even during periods of drought without impacting Carrboro's supply, fueling Carolina’s five types of car wash, heading off rust and corrosion, and keeping drivers’ backseat waterbeds fluffed. Tom's conservation-minded approach to water use also drives his support of local charities, with whom he collaborates on eco-friendly car-wash fundraisers.
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.
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.
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.