Heartland Jiffy Lubes enjoy the benefits of being under the Heartland Automotive Services umbrella, putting them in good company along with more than 435 Jiffy Lubes nationwide that service more than five million customers each year. They specialize in the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change, which comes standard with a fresh-from-the-box oil filter and up to 5 quarts of quality motor oil, plus a comprehensive lineup of other vehicle maintenance checkups. Highly trained technicians also perform cosmetic and mechanical services including inspections, emissions testing, transmission service, and counseling for 1960s Corvettes that are going through a mid-life crisis.
After working as a mechanic for six years at Juanita Firs Texaco, a 22-year-old Dan Amundsen bought the station with the help of his father in 1978. Amundsen's devoted father worked early mornings to keep the business running, and Juanita Firs 76 continues to be a family operation today. Patrons stopping by for gas might encounter Amundsen's children, nieces, family friends, feral grease monkeys, and, of course, employees who have been with the company for as many as 30 years.
The station's ASE-certified technicians bring 120 years of combined experience to the oil-stained table as they perform a wide range of services. They keep cars running smoothly with tune-ups and scheduled maintenance, and specialists can also repair more advanced snafus involving the brake, tire, and air-conditioning systems. Drivers receive a free Express car wash and complimentary cup of coffee with every fill-up of 8 gallons or more.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
Hour by hour, chassis by chassis, the technicians at Super Clean Auto Detailing restore a new-car sparkle to vehicles. They detail small, medium, and large automobiles with three distinct packages, offering a hand wash, dry, and wax with even the most basic package. Additional services, such as engine decreasing and paint sealing, let clients customize their wash experience. Beyond cleaning and polishing, the team also uses its technical acumen to install and upgrade electronics such as car stereos and back-up cameras that let drivers know if they're being followed by a Secret Service motorcade.
Mark Wagner has been working under the hood of international automobiles since 1972. After securing a master's degree in mechanical engineering in Germany, Wagner ferried both his family and his familiarity with foreign cars to America, where, today, he teams up with the ASE-certified techs in his repair shop. The factory-trained mechanics dole out everything from tune-ups to engine, brake, and transmission repairs. And all of their work is backed by a 15-month, 15,000-mile warranty that prevents cars from worrying about waking up and seeing their name in the classified pages.
For more than 15 years, the service technicians at Eastside Automotive & Tire have been keeping vehicles in top shape with a variety of maintenance and tire services. They perform routine oil changes and fix broken air-conditioning systems, and can replace nearly anything on a vehicle?including brakes, struts, batteries, and windshield wipers. Patrons can also have custom tires affixed to their car, choosing from aluminum-alloy or steel wheels that can be chrome-plated, powder-coated, or covered with your favorite baseball cards.