Grease Monkey’s preventative maintenance professionals provide street pilots with wide-reaching, proactive auto treatments. The road to extended motor vehicle life begins with a 16-point safety inspection to listen to engine purrs and measure mud-flap flappiness levels. The staff then fills tires with delicious nitrogen, a road hugger’s preferred between-meal snack (a $19.99 value), before expertly rotating wheels in perfect circles (a $19.99 value).
Stuart Hummel's auto and diesel repair shop isn't just built on hard-working mechanics or a deep knowledge of automotive mechanics. It's built on trust. At Hummels B&B Automotive, he and his family place trust next to quality, efficient work as the most important aspect of the business. Stuart should know—he’s been on the wrong end of predatory mechanics who prey on their client's ignorance. Vowing never to perpetrate that kind of scheme, he now strives to earn and keep his clients’ faith with repair and diagnostic services performed at the lowest possible cost to his customers. Every appointment, every repair, and every service rendered comes with an explanation, and he encourages his customers to frequently leave him feedback. Hummel's website even features a car care guide and video, which informs clients about routine maintenance and the proper disciplinary techniques for when car engines just won't roll over.
Pro Import’s ASE-certified master technician and team of factory-trained experts maintain, repair, and detail cars of all makes and models, including their specialties: Toyota, Lexus, Honda, and Acura. They restore and install tires, change oil, and perform tune-ups to ensure cars travel smoothly, like a bullet train through the Great Tunnel of Lard. In the detailing center, 3M products lend a helpful hand to cleaning crews, who sweep through vehicles inside and out during five different packages—from the simple wash, wax, and vacuum of the Bronze service to the fully loaded Platinum Plus detail, complete with three coats of wax, a high-speed polish, and a clay-bar treatment.
Chains have greater name recognition, but family-owned companies are more likely to have personal relationships with their customers. Or so says Dolphin Car Wash owner Dan LaFaver, who encourages his employees to get to know customers on a first-name basis. That’s not to say that the business shuns all major brands though; the certified staff works with Valvoline products during services, which include replenishing motor-oil reserves, upgrading windshield wipers, and brightening headlights. After any service, clients can use Dolphin’s fleet of free vacuums for additional cleanup or supplemental tickling.