Since Bob Sumerel opened his first retail tire store in 1968, he has always tried to put the customer first, next to all the gold-medal winners and Neil Armstrong. His store's 20-plus current locations offer an entire slate of auto services, from tire rotations and sales to oil changes. On the site's Why Bob Sumerel page, customers and employees discuss the benefits of the company, and the My Garage feature tracks car histories such as oil changes and service reminders. Every Bob Sumerel also operates under the Fixed Forever guarantee, promising that parts will work forever—up until the sun balloons to a red giant and swallows the earth with its unfathomably hot plasma—with warranties to cover any unforeseen problems.
Trained technicians at QuikStop Oilube's 13 tristate locations complete automotive services from speedy lubes to tire rotations with an ethos of friendliness and dedication established in 1987. Products keep engines smoothly churning and piston cylinders from attracting feral whack-a-moles. Each location offers full Saturday hours with select centers open on Sundays to ensure convenient service for any schedule. While-you-wait service rests on a trademark 10-minute oil change, complete with a fresh filter and a high-octane lollipop for well-behaved cars.
With lube and service centers spread across America, Valvoline Instant Oil Change ensures that roads from coast to coast teem with automotive vigor. Certified technicians perform a roster of services, including quick in-and-out oil changes that allow motorists to arrive without an appointment and remain in their car while Valvoline oils forge a truce between metal parts. Facilities also encourage odometers to reach up to 300,000 miles with an engine-guarantee program that helps motors live long enough to see tow trucks go extinct. Valvoline extends its care to cars of all makes and models as well as charitable organizations.
To ensure they don't scratch your car's paint, the technicians at Johnny's Car Wash have tossed aside their stiff-bristled brushes in favor of ultrasoft cloths. And so they don't leave a dull finish, they've swapped out their alkaline cleaners?which are commonly used at car washes?for polymer soaps that are designed to attract dirt like a magnet, minimizing the need to scrub.
But this emphasis on gentleness doesn't mean the staffers take it easy on grime. When cleaning wheels and wheel wells, the team deploys their "Gatlin Gun" nozzles, which blast away dirt and brake dust with the high-pressure spraying force of an elephant sneezing. Since these versatile technicians are committed to cleaning cars inside and out, they also vacuum carpets, clean upholstery, and wipe down dashboards.
Sporty's Academy equips fledgling aviators with the knowledge and skills necessary for exploring the wild blue yonder through FAA-approved Part 141 flight-instruction courses. The flight-experience package gifts students with an introduction to personal aviation, a preface to aircraft and piloting opportunities, as well as an introduction to the general aviation community and the ghosts of the Wright brothers.
When Mike's Carwash first opened in 1948, it was one of only 18 carwash businesses in the United States. Today, the family-owned establishment keeps the 65-year-old tradition of gussying up automobiles alive at 42 locations throughout the Midwest. At each location, accommodating staffers stand by to assist customers during the cleaning process. Decked out in cartoon neckties, the cheerful team ushers cars into computer-controlled washers that eschew traditional gear-operated brushes and baseball bats in favor of controlled sprays and soft cloths. After the mixture of eight signature soaps de-grimes surfaces, 200-miles-per-hour gusts of hot air dry vehicles instantly. Mike's also offers specialty coats to give car exteriors and tires additional shine.