John Searcy started his battery business out of the back of his truck in spring 1950. He opened an official storefront in 1952, naming it Interstate Battery System after the new network of interstate highways that was under construction across the country. Over the next 60 years, his company expanded to all 50 states, as well as Australia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. Each Interstate All Battery Center location—as well as the company's online database—houses an extensive selection of batteries for cars, electronics, household items, and computers. They also collect power sources for security systems, medical equipment, and other niche devices. Many of their batteries come with a 45-day satisfaction warranty, though it doesn’t cover batteries stolen by siblings to power their Game Boys.
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.
Distinct Auto Care's technicians enable drivers to fire up their engines from the warm indoors via Avital remote starter systems. During the three-hour installation service, the apparatus experts equip cars with the Avital 4113, a remote starter that spurs engines to action from up to 1,500 feet away, controls the car locks, and has a limited lifetime warranty against attaining sentience. Two tiny one-button keypads give drivers the wizardry needed to elude cold climates by activating their car engines from the indoors, letting a few minutes pass, and then slinking into a toasty, ready-to-ride car. Customers can upgrade to units with keyless entry, trunk release, smartphone compatibility, or a security alarm.
Thorntons independently distributes gas while keeping clean convenience stores filled with snacks to help drivers stay awake, nourished, or quenched. Power depleted, flex-fuel-friendly cars, trucks, vans, or tail-finned Zeppelins with E-85 Flex Fuel, a renewable fuel source that minimizes earth-detrimental emissions.
King Restylers's technicians use their auto and glass expertise to customize the look of automobiles and protect windows on both vehicles and buildings. During custom car jobs, the crew boasts an arsenal of options for personalization, such as coating car exteriors in vinyl, lining interiors with custom upholstery, and warding off hitchhikers with LED lighting. When windshields need extra care, the techs are able to mend small chips or swap out the damaged glass. More subtle transformations include tinting glass to increase privacy for cars or to save energy costs for homes and businesses.
Sports Fun Tours transports allows fans to follow to their favorite sports squadrons all across the nation, offering round-trip tours that include transportation, lodging, and tickets to the games. Diamond seekers can choose from several upcoming baseball adventures, including the Florida Spring Training trip (March 14–20), which includes round-trip bus or van transportation, six nights at a motel, and seven spring training games ($859). Stay in the Midwest to watch part-cyborg, part-wildebeest Albert Pujols in a Reds vs. Cardinals regular season game on April 23 in St. Louis ($69 adult, $49 child), as Sportsfan will take care of the round-trip bus transportation and your ticket to the game. Go online to check out a full list of upcoming expeditions, and call Sports Fun Tours to reserve a spot on the trip of your choice.