Even cars like to have their every whim catered to sometimes, and so Galaxie Automotive Solutions brings their professional detailing services directly to them, hauling all necessary equipment and products to home driveways and office parking lots. Overseen by owner Eric Knerr, a veteran car-dealership employee, the detailers arrive on the scene with machine buffers, clay bars, and shampoos, ready to scrub away grime and lay on a coat of Malco Flash Wax liquefied paste wax, which protects the finish from scratches for up to 90 days. The company’s interior and exterior cleaning services are also great for maximizing a car’s trade-in value, and Eric also uses his dealership experience to act as a consultant, imparting professional advice whether customers are looking to swap their old car for a new vehicle, a used vehicle, or a lifetime supply of beef jerky.
Jarrett-Gordon restores road-weary wagons to former glory with its cleaning and maintenance services within the eco-friendly walls of its green-renovated facility. Regardless of the car's make, model, or ability to perform Hollywood stunts, these motorcar magicians cast a luminous spell on filthy forerunners with an exterior hand wash and towel dry to leave them showroom ready ($12). During the standard oil change, old, worn-out engine filters and fluids are drained and replaced with a shiny new grit-sifter and fresh-faced Motorcraft synthetic-blend oil, straight from lubricant college and ready to take on the heat, dust, and emotional stressors of today's high-octane world ($15).
• 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.
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 Valvoline 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 make sure air-conditioning systems function 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.
Grown from two small shops to 28 locations by the sweat equity of a hard-working father-and-son team, McGee Auto Service & 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.
American Lube Express maintains seven trained technicians onsite and rapidly shuttles vehicles through its two open bays before returning them to the roads from whence they came in top-notch shape. A 15-minute fuel-system treatment flushes out carbon deposits and varnish with a Full Throttle cleaner that tasks its microscopic scrubbers with cleansing the intake system and fuel injectors, potentially boosting a vehicle’s performance, gas mileage, and windshield-wiper speed. In order to earn the loyalty of its customers, American Lube Express dedicates itself to providing quick, thorough service as well as carefully orchestrated trust falls off the front porch. Aspiring Autobahn conquerors can await their newly invigorated chariots from the comfort of hamstring-relieving rocking chairs as fresh coffee percolates with excitement nearby.