Laser tag, ziplines, hang-gliders, and paragliders aren't your typical bumper crop. And yet that's what can be found at Morningside Flight Park, which uses its green expanses as a training ground to help humans conquer the domain of birds and Frisbees. As students master the principles of piloting a paraglider, steering a hang glider, or flapping their arms really hard, they're treated to picturesque views of New Hampshire. All the while, expert instructors relay techniques and principles of safety in a fun and focused environment.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Signature Service oil-change package, which promotes the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car—it cools the motor and prevents moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube’s savants perform air-filtration, electricity, and windshield services, among others. The technicians’ quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with Saran wrap.
B&D Auto Repair's owner, Billy Clements, has been repairing collision-damaged vehicles since 1985. After providing free estimates, Billy and a small team of seasoned techs work with insurance companies and mend ailing autos. To help customers get around while their cars are in the shop, Billy helps them find rental cars or send them home via giant slingshot. When they aren't undoing dents, technicians paint vehicles and skillfully match colors, all while backing their work with a PPG paint performance guarantee. Billy and his select squad also meticulously detail sullied automobiles—be they cars, trucks, or SUVs—by hand.
Led by head technician Scott "Yogi" Montaquila, Clinton Tire & Repair's technicians specialize in oil changes, brake inspections, and tire rotations. Their services also include balancing wheels, inspecting belts for correct alignment, and ensuring that air conditioners are loaded with enough snowballs to power them through summer. Besides performing maintenance work, Clinton Tire & Repair's crew outfits vehicles with parts from Bridgestone and Cooper alongside tires and wheels from manufacturers such as Nexen Tire and Mickey Thompson. The garage's technicians are available to tinker with cars Monday–Saturday.
For more than 20 years, Willards’ ASE-certified mechanics have kept cars on Massachusetts roads with a full list of maintenance, repair, and diagnostic services backed by a 12-month, 10,000-mile warranty. The crew cares for most American and foreign vehicles, and it’s always willing to explain procedures in terms clients can understand, instead of in engine sounds. While mechanics work on their cars, clients can hitch a free ride to any location within 10 miles of the shop.
The tunnel at Splash Car Wash and Detail Center is painted with a mural of crashing waves and drifting bubbles. From inside wafts the sibilant sound of water against metal. Products from Simoniz coat soft cloths during robotic rubdowns, and outside the passage, technicians wield towels to thoroughly wipe away water-spots. They also draw on an armory of clay bars, leather conditioner, carpet shampoo, and dust to fill in the spots where people have written “wash me.”