Each year, Acura presents the Dealership of Distinction award to its best dealerships throughout the country. Acura of Johnston was one of the dealerships recognized in 2012. Its parking lot is lined with new and certified preowned vehicles, and its work bays bustle with trained auto technicians who perform maintenance and repair work such as oil changes and details. Acura of Johnston backs its repairs with a three-year, 50,000-mile warranty, which means drivers have a chance at the coveted Indy 500 three-peat.
Bill Graham founded the first Graham Tire location in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1951, a time before dashboards blinked with digital readouts or engines buzzed with microchip brains. As cars have progressed, Graham Tire has kept pace. Still overseen by the Graham family, the current 22 locations employ ASE-certified mechanics who mend and maintain cars, trucks, SUVs, and farm equipment. Computerized engine analysis reveals rides’ performance levels and any problems, allowing the technicians to efficiently diagnose trouble without resorting to good mechanic, bad mechanic interrogations.
At Honest Wrenches Automotive Repair, ASE-certified technicians service domestic and foreign vehicles with maintenance and repairs. They perform oil changes, tire rotations, and brake services to prolong every car’s lifespan and bolster its performance. Meanshile, small and large-scale repairs are performed with quality replacement parts and backed by a two-year, 24,000-mile warranty. The repair center also offers emissions testing, state inspections, and tire replacement.
With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Auto Service has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X Auto Service reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
The ASE-certified technicians at O'Brien's Auto Repair—a Napa AutoCare Center⎯facilitate maximum mileage with vital maintenance services in its Des Moines and Urbandale locations. Mechanics initiate 41-point inspections, scoping out key components to ensure all systems are running safely and smoothly, and perform preventive and regular maintenance such as brake-pad replacement and radiator flushes. Fresh oils such as 5W-30 and 5W-20 replace their worn-out predecessors during oil changes, as techs screw on new filters to stand in for old, crusty filters or clogged cheesecloths. Cozy, sunny waiting areas invite drivers to relax with cups of coffee as their cars cavort with mechanics.
At Mint Auto Detail, mobile-detailing teams travel to homes and businesses to vacuum and steam clean car cabins, hand wax auto bodies, and shine wheel wells. Techs can also pick up rides to ensure that customers without necessary electrical or water hookups will see their vehicle retrieved and returned with its coat shiny, its leather seats conditioned, and its homework done. In addition to treating interiors and exteriors to a thorough, checklist of services, technicians at Mint Auto Detailing attack special tasks such as pet odor and rust and paint removal.
Shade Tree Auto's ASE Blue Ribbon–certified technicians pamper road-weary rides with services ranging from oil changes to engine repair, and the company guarantees a two-year or 24,000-mile warranty. Road warriors seeking VIP treatment will benefit from Shade Tree's comprehensive package, which includes discounts on complete brake repair ($40 off) and computerized alignment (half off), as well as transmission and fuel-system flushes (both half off). Membership comes with three oil changes, tire rotation, wiper blades, pre-trip inspection, and a bottle of vintage bordeaux motor oil. VIP vehicles also get an A/C-system check and 10% off a wild card good for any provided service.