Drive & Shine's lengthy wash tunnel scrubs muck and mire from auto frames with eco-friendly soaps and nimble-fingered soft foam wraps. During the 10- to 15-minute service, an underbody wash cleanses the car's road-facing parts, and autos beam like a smiling hologram after being lovingly smothered in applications of clear-coat sealant and foam polish. A layer of Diamond Wax projects the radiant luster of the finish far into the future, and Wheel Brite and tire dressing keep the vehicle's rubber boots looking spick-and-span. To keep the interior looking sharp, technicians climb inside to vacuum dirt, debris, and crumbs from the rugs and seats, beat particles out of mats, scrub windows, and wipe dashes and door jambs with soapy foam wraps. Ten percent of Drive & Shine's proceeds will be donated to United Way, an organization that promotes healthy living and helps humans reach their full potential.
With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Auto Service has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X Auto Service reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
Starting out in 1981 as a humble gas station and tire center, Scott’s U-Save remains a family-owned operation but has grown into a full emporium of auto repair. Its 15 overhead lifts ensure speedy delivery of lube, brake, and suspension services, and its repeated inclusion on Southtown Star's Best of Chicago Southland list belies the staff's attention to detail. Scott’s boasts tires from all major manufacturers, including Michelin and Continental, and technicians outfit wheels on cars, trucks, and rickshaws of any size or shape with a selection of stylish rims to match.
President Denny Guest and his friendly sales staff have a reason to be proud: last year they delivered more than 1,800 vehicles to local friends, families, and companies in the Chicagoland area. With an expansive inventory—more than 400 vehicles on hand at all times—they deal both new and used autos from Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, and Ram, and their preowned inventory can also include makes such as Chevrolet, Honda, and Toyota. New vehicles come backed by a factory warranty, and certified preowned vehicles safely ride under the umbrella of a three-month, 3,000-mile maximum-care warranty and a seven-year, 100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. Should cars suddenly fall victim to mechanical malice or the pranks of a teenage motorcycle, the parts and service department is quick to offer repairs ranging from oil changes and engine tune-ups to state inspections and full detailing.
Bob and Jim Hawkinson studied at the feet of their father, who opened his first car dealership in 1961. Today, the two oversee their father’s legacy at Hawkinson Nissan, commanding an inventory of new Nissans and used vehicles with the same automotive authority that their father exhibited. While new cars flaunt their empty odometers in the showroom, and Hawkinson’s curated preowned vehicles flex their strong motors, ASE-certified and Nissan-trained technicians toil in the service and parts departments getting cars of any make and model back up to peak performance.
The ASE-certified service technicians at Midas brace automobiles for winter during a 60-minute checkup, confiscating spent fluids, replacing them with up to 6 quarts of clean oil, and installing a filter to keep contaminants out. Rotations give tires a change of scenery and keep the tread wearing down evenly, and a brand-new pair of wipers replaces last season's rain swatters with a fresh set of blades ready for snow. After inspecting belts, hoses, coolant, fluids, and air filters, mechanics stop in on the battery to confirm a healthy charge, and conclude with a visual brake inspection to make sure the car stoppers can hold their own against slick roads, icy patches, and jaywalking snowmen.