With steady wrenches and minds crammed with vehicular know-how, the expert technicians at Napleton Chrysler Jeep Dodge make quick work of threats to automotive health. A four-pack of oil and filter changes means an upstanding driver or amorous crash-test dummy can ensure the insides of each engine in the driveway stay appropriately lubricated with the fresh fluid necessary for optimal combustion. Each appointment lasts half an hour or less, allowing customers just enough time to take a catnap or daydream about flipping through the most recent issue of Car and Driver in the commodious lounge area.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube 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, battery, and transmission 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.
Drawing on half a century of automotive service, Midas helps drivers to prolong vehicle vigour with factory-recommended maintenance services. Mechanics pop car hoods to perform oil changes with standard and temperature-durable synthetic solutions, taking time to inspect belts, hoses, fluids, and the air conditioner's resident penguin. Armed with efficient catalytic converters built to U.S. EPA standards, the staff helps to shrink harmful emissions during muffler and exhaust-system checks. Trained technicians augment brake services with lifetime guarantees and curate healthy, evenly worn tires with rotations or replacements from Goodyear, Michelin, Firestone, and Bridgestone.
While not trafficking in wands or wizardry, the technicians at Abracadabra Detail & Renewal Service manage to make each auto’s stains and scratches magically disappear. The mobile detailing unit uses high-quality chemicals and a water-reclamation tank to prevent dirty water and chemicals from entering storm drains. Technicians also harness an air-cell cleaning formula that uses a microscopically thin layer of cleaning solution to clean deep into upholstery and trap dirt particles.
Signature service: Tires, lube, oil, filter, brakes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Goodyear, Monroe, Napa, Carquest, Michelin, Continental
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.