Since 1962, the motor mavens at Big O Tires have been treating tin lizzies to a slew of services, including their specialty 30-minute express oil changes. The tireless techs speedily slurp out old oil with anteater-esque precision, replacing worn out filters, and rewarding loyal dip sticks with up to 5 quarts of new crude. Following a chassis lubrication, wheel wranglers remove each tire, before moving them and their entire DVD collection to a new home in an adjacent wheel well, helping to guarantee even wear and tear. After a thorough fluid check and preventative maintenance analysis, revamped rides are happily reunited with the owners to depart together into the sunset. Upgrades are available for diesel oil (price based on vehicle and location), high-mileage oil ($10–$15 extra), and synthetic oil ($20–$30 extra).
Tire Discounters’ auto specialists have been mending tires and servicing engines for 35 years. The 90-minute car physical treats beleaguered engines to a fresh oil filter and a crisp draught of up to 5 quarts of semi-synthetic Valvoline DuraBlend oil (a $34.95 value). Car physicians then focus on the treads, granting three years’ worth of wheel alignments (a $149.99 value), and a lifetime of tire rotations and balances keep handling crisp and reduce uneven tread wear (a $99.95 value). (Vehicles that require after-market modifications may not be eligible for alignment services.) To top things off, Nitrogen gas ($23.80 for four tires) keeps tires inflated for up to 25% longer than regular air and makes tires run cooler to reduce the risk of failure or overcooked hubcap omelets.
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.
The certified carriage technicians at Roppel’s tend to foreign and domestic motors with precise mechanical services. Reviving dog-tired automobiles for more than 60 years, Roppel’s physicians refresh oil, tune brakes, and read motivational poems to underperforming transmissions. Owners can treat engines to a viscous elixir with the standard oil change and filter ($29.95) or give their four-wheeled friends the full vehicular pat-down with a complete inspection ($19.95).
For more than 20 years, A & K Detailing's technicians have cleaned cars and buffed them to a beautiful shine. They've held out their hands to classic cars, modern wheels, and robotic horses alike, luring them inside the garage with various shampoos, protective agents, and waxes from brands such as Meguiar's and 3M. Their complete detailing packages cover the whole car—engines, trunks, carpets, doorjambs, vents, glass, and anything else that's dirty. Other services include headlight restoration, window tinting, dent removal, and ozone treatments that eliminate stubborn odors and comfort nostalgic Everest climbers. In addition to maintaining a car's existing elements, they can also install a range of protective accessories such as grill guards and bumpers.