The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Signature Service Oil Change package, which promotes 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 prevents moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube's savants perform air-filtration, brakes, electricity, and windshield services, among others. The technicians' quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, only complete a service after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
Roadsters roll under the wide, red awning of Elite Car Wash, where a team of dedicated detailers scrubs siding and wheel rims with each gentle swipe of the hand. Cars get up close and personal to Elite's detail-oriented staff, as they compliment car washes with interior shampoo treatments or one of several types of wax. Spray or clay waxes work their way gently into paint to protect its luster against the elements, and compound waxes combat the future crimes of dirt with a formidable fortress of glaze and polish.
At Exuluxe, renting a car is a chance to try out the high life. Its luxury-minded consultants rent exotic cars such as Aston Martins, Lamborghinis, and Maseratis?although the fun doesn't stop at the water's edge. They also can put clients in a yacht for a day, arm them with a jet ski for ocean-sprayed thrills, or even take to the skies in a water-based jet pack. Some members of Exuluxe's stable are famous in their own right, including the Monster Jeep, which has been used to up the cool factor and intimidate the cameras at music videos and photo shoots.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 30 minutes or less
Brands Used: Ardex, Lexol, Meguiar's
The technicians at
Hollywood Wash and Go use a delicate but deliberate touch to scrub paint jobs, shine chrome, and cleanse wheel wells. Such a touch is probably why car owners not only trust them to touch up vehicles such as vintage roadsters and Lamborghinis, but also rated them South Florida's top car wash in Local 10 News' 2014 Top Ten List.
The crew also looks out for its customers beyond just keeping their rides shiny. Recently, one of the technicians discovered a diamond engagement ring trapped in the filter of one of the industrial vacuums, presumably sucked right out of a cupholder. A quick photo and Facebook post later, and the shop's owner, Nick, put the world out that the ring had been found and kept personal stewardship of it until it made its way home.
Over the last 36 years, Auto Painting USA has earned its stripes by slapping new coats of paint on vehicles of all kinds, working with everyday drivers and big-name clients such as 20th Century Fox and the University of Florida. The shop's technicians carefully apply DuPont paints to auto bodies, backing their work with a three-year, five-year, or lifetime guarantee. They also perform collision-repair jobs that help correct damage incurred from bumps, scratches, and noogies from bullying semis.
United Auto Service's mechanics are trained in all facets of automotive repair. They service foreign, domestic, and high-end vehicles with know-how and the latest
tools, including computer diagnostic equipment. They also perform preventative maintenance services such as specialized oil changes to keep cars on the road and off tow trucks, and administer Maryland state inspections and other necessary tests for cars hoping to practice law.