Founders Ben and Jackie Thompson knew exactly what to do with their passion for automobiles and 20 years of retail and service experience: open up a comprehensive car care and motoring facility that focuses on superior customer service. The Grease Lightning brand has since expanded to include franchises under the Castrol Premium Lube Express name, each location servicing autos with a friendly and highly trained staff. They specialize in tire and maintenance service, performing repairs such as rotations, oil changes, and battery replacement with products from reputable brands including Goodyear tires, Interstate batteries, and Castrol, Pennzoil, and Havoline lubricants. In addition to keeping cars as clean and pristine as they day they were plucked from the ground with full detail services, the Grease Lightning staff can even help clients replace a hopelessly soiled vehicle entirely through car and motorcycle sales
Auto Finishers Supply Co. owner Richard Trovato deals in more than just auto parts and accessories. He's also dedicated to customer service. Richard began working at the shop as an entry-level employee in 1969, then worked his way up to store manager in 1972. By 1986, he was the storeowner. Since he took the reins, Richard has instilled dedication to customers into every aspect of the business, from stocking quality car accessories, such as DuPont paints and Avital car systems, to employing ASE-certified technicians. Today, Richard and his children still run the shops' day-to-day operations, helping customers find car accessories from crystal clear stereos that house video screens to remote car starters that negate the need for car owners to politely ask it to start.
When David C. Magee and Robert W. August founded LaserWash TouchFree CarWash in 2003, they brought a collective 60 years of corporate experience. David helms the company, and Robert draws on the knowledge he gleaned during his time as the senior vice president of Monro Muffler, making them a veritable Jordan-Pippen combo, though shoe stores might not carry their signature kicks, which would be grease-splattered boots.
At their 13 LaserWash locations, the duo offers car-wash packages facilitated by an automatic LaserWash G5 process. As roadsters progress through a wide bay free of tracks to follow, a series of large signs directs drivers through each step. The LaserWash adjusts its size to fit vehicles up to 7 feet tall by way of ultrasonic and infrared sensors. It also uses less water and electricity than typical car-wash equipment, along with pH-balanced and biodegradable soaps and waxes. After the undercarriage wash removes salt, sand, and damaging contaminants from car bellies, the triple foam polishes paint jobs and the clear-coat protectant shields autos from acid rain, UV rays, and icy glances. Once exteriors are clean, coin-operated vacuums, shampooers, and fragrance misters await car owners, who can scour their car interiors until they sparkle both inside and out.
At Buckmans Car Wash, drivers have a choice between man and machine. They can opt for a traditional soft-cloth tunnel wash using Simoniz products or select the human touch of Buckmans's detail shop, where technicians take a fine-toothed comb to the cars' interiors and exteriors. Using steam cleaners, leather dressing, and hard wax, they'll purge unwanted dust, grime, and scuffs from tiffs autos had with bigger cars when left unattended in the parking lot. A major factor to the success of Buckmans Car Wash over the last 40 years has been its wash guarantees, which allow drivers to bring their cars back for a complimentary rewashing up to five days after their treatment for any reason.
A mustard splotch turns into a yellow river and runs down a leather seat. Who knows what the proper technique is to oust this condimental scourge? This is the kind of nightmare that the technicians at Hector's Auto Detailing can take care of in a jiff. They scour roadsters' inner sanctums by vacuuming nooks, crannies, and carpets and, crucially, extracting unsightly stains. Gingerly, they rub leather, plastic, and vinyl to restore moisture stolen by the sun's heat before leaving interiors with a fresh aroma. Exteriors are revived after the team removes blights such as oxidation and swirl marks. In addition to meticulously washing, waxing, and sealing paint jobs, detailing techs skillfully restore careworn truck beds and cloudy headlights by simply taking the tiny cumulonimbus clouds out of the headlight lamps.
Action Towing & Service, a veteran-owned auto facility, employs ASE-certified technicians who welcome both foreign and domestic vehicles. From maintenance services, such as oil changes and transmission flushes, to large-scale repairs, such as engine replacements and hood-ornament makeovers, the techs’ goal is to get cars and their drivers back on the road and running smoothly. Action Towing & Service also possesses a fleet of 25 tow trucks ready to provide roadside assistance or rescue broken-down vehicles.