Big O Tires outfits wheels with tires from Michelin, Goodyear and other trusted brands, all backed by a three-year warranty and a lifetime of rotations. The retailer has been in the road-ready rubber trade since 1962, when it began as a single co-op; over the past five decades, it has blossomed into a network of more than 500 locations, spanning 21 states. The shops’ ASE-certified technicians not only specialize in tires, but also tend autos with a comprehensive array of repair and maintenance services. They deftly change oil, replace brakes, and meticulously administer free 22-point safety inspections, which ensure that headlights work and that wiper blades aren’t actually sleeping rattlesnakes.
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For more than 20 years, GotCarWash.com has been providing unlimited car washes to customers nationwide through its innovative membership program. Online clients simply browse a list of locations—more than 100 in California alone—and sign up for unlimited cleanings at the most accessible one. But regardless of which location they choose, they can rest assured that their car will be bathed by professionals wielding only the highest quality cleaning products on the market. The teams strip away grime with biodegradable shampoos and cleansers, as well as top-notch formulas like a special closed-cell Envirosoft Foam, a cleansing foam designed not to scratch exteriors. The cleansing arsenal also includes products like ArmorAll Professional, Mequiar, Blue Coral, and Rain-X- all of which work to protect the car's finish from harsh environmental factors and any birds that decide to hold tap dance practice on its hood.
At Desert Express Car Wash, a 160-foot-long, state-of-the-art automated kiosk cleans exteriors in as little as six minutes. The wash tunnel performs four different washes, ranging from a basic but powerful soft-touch wash to a Premium Everything wash with triple-foam polish wax and clear-coat protectant. Patrons can then pull into one of 28 complimentary self-serve vacuum stations sheltered by a curved metal covering. The stations also feature vending machines with towels, soda, and air fresheners fragrant enough to make GPS machines calculate routes to Fiji. Not only does the car wash look futuristic, it also looks to the future by recycling all of its water.
An affiliate of Tesoro service stations, USA Gasoline fuels autos while providing intelligent car-cleaning solutions. Its ultrasonic mapping identifies the type of vehicle to be washed prior to service, and customizes the sudsing accordingly. The car wash takes an environmentally friendly stance by using reclaimed water and only accepting shade from free-range clouds.
At Palmer Automotive & Electric's AAA-approved full-service repair and maintenance shop, ASE-certified technicians flaunt their expertise in an array of services, including oil changes, wheel alignments, and brake repairs. They welcome all vehicle makes and models into their garage, which boasts computer diagnostics and shelves of NAPA auto parts. To help to simplify service, the staff supplies a drop box for before- or after-hours drop-offs and mans a local shuttle service that transports auto owners to nearby homes, offices, or unfilled-in potholes.