Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Center's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
Color Solutions’ team of meticulous auto cleaners expunges nicks and grime from the inside out with aesthetics-boosting detailing and restoration services. During detailing sessions, technicians hand wash and wax outer shells and clean away window invaders including water spots, dirt, and fossilized dog nose prints. Inside, staffers vacuum cabins and trunks, shampoo carpets and floor mats, and lightly wipe down surfaces. For an additional charge, body techs smooth away wheel gouges, restore foggy headlights into clear beams, and touch up paint scrapes with hues developed from a precise color-matching system.
In 1974, firemen Jim Daugherty and Jim Greve needed a little extra cash to support their families and so began working on cars in their spare time. Realizing their passion for autos, the Jims—along with pal George Berry—eventually opened up their own gas station, and by 1979 turned the pump into a full-service repair shop that specifically catered to Toyotas and other Japanese makes. Today, joined by a full staff of ASE–certified and ASE master technicians, Jim’s continues to specialize in Japanese cars and also treats a wide range of vehicles, including rides from Lexus and DeLorean time machines, as well as performing an extensive list of repair and maintenance services.