At Tuffy's, motor-vehicle caregivers spruce up patrons' horseless carriages and prepare them for a new season of dutiful service. After installing a new oil filter, auto artisans remove the old sludgy glop clogging the car's arterial system and replace it with up to five quarts of 5W-30 or 5W-20 conventional motor oil (a $31.99 value; diesel or synthetic oil costs extra). The staff will also rotate tires to prepare four-wheeled wonders for safe gliding (a $12 value) and perform an inspection to make sure air-conditioning systems are functioning properly to bring riders to the brink of coolness faster than Fonzie’s leather jacket ($9.99). Finally, a pair of fresh wiper blades (up to 22")—grown locally by organic-blade farmers—supplants worn-out window-rubbers ($22) and a specialist conducts an extensive 41-point maintenance inspection.
A staff of professionally trained detailers stands at the ready to lavish every vehicle that enters Car Wash Solutions with a thorough hand wash and dry. With 20 years of detailing experience, this facility is an oasis for cars in need of cleaning—in addition to performing hand washes and careful hand drying, staffers protecting vehicle exteriors with protectants such as Meguiar’s paint sealant and polish, which give them a glossy, like-new shine.
Grown from two small shops to 28 locations by the sweat equity of a hard-working father-and-son team, McGee Tire’s open-air bays now proudly display the cobalt and maize décor signifying their status as authorized Goodyear dealers. Skilled hands outfit hoisted cars with conventional and standard oil while computerized systems recalibrate tires, brake service secures stoppers, and transmission tune-ups correct gear-bound problems. At the core of full-scale commercial fleet services, a specialized shearography machine helped earn McGee Auto Service & Tire a mention on Modern Tire Dealer's Top 100 Retreaders in the U.S. list. Oversize vehicle service also caters to recreational drivers, with RV service including repairing electrical systems, recalibrating drive trains, and restocking the feedback of the horn's onboard bugler.
As Super-Lube's name suggests, its signature service is the oil change. Technicians at its more than 50 locations lubricate engines with up to five quarts of premium oil. The comprehensive service, which requires no appointment, also comes with a 20-point maintenance check, and a free fluid top-off between changes. The technicians' handiwork extend beyond oil changes, too—they can change radiator fluid, swap out fuel filters, and replace broken windshield wiper blades.
• For $15, you get an oil change (a $29.95 value). • For $60, you get an oil change and fuel-injection service (a $129.90 value). The engine experts at Keenan Automotive Repair Services extract kinks in combustion to smooth automotive excursions. In the half-hour oil change lubricant replacers swap out up to five quarts of conventional oil, rotate unevenly worn tires, and run the vehicle through a quick safety inspection, checking the engine for irregularities and the chassis for signs of running with scissors. Tacking on an additional 30 minutes, the fuel-injection service boosts fuel economy by scrubbing out the valves and the throttle body essential for seamless acceleration.