Texas Express Lube and Auto's piston quenchers thwart friction by providing up to five quarts of blended synthetic oil. Car techs sub in crisp new oil filters to handle the motor oil, which is rated at 5W-20 or 5W-30 according to its dating-site profile. A quick checkup surveys the vehicle's fluid levels, lights, and air filters, and an interior vacuuming sucks up crumbs. Before revving back onto roadways, cars ask technicians to grease their chassis so they can travel squeak-free and to check their wiper blades so they can wave hello to raindrops. Customers can upgrade to full synthetic oil for an additional fee.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil-Change, which helps promote 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 helps prevent 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) service vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, technicians perform preventative services such as air-filtration, among others, as well as state emissions inspections. Jiffy Lube’s 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.
For the drivers at Alamo Karts, the 1/3-mile track can go by in a flash. Their propane-fueled go-karts can reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. Hairpin turns challenge the drivers to keep their karts under control, and straightaways give them the chance to open the throttle. A typical race lasts 10 minutes, encompassing 12–15 laps depending on the driver's speed and whether they find the shortcut disguised as a parking lot.
Cars aren't the only vehicles that need regular oil changes. Motorcycles need some loving, too, and they get plenty of it at BucketHeads Pit-Stop, a maintenance shop that services nearly all two-wheeled makes and models. In addition to changing motor oil, the shop's technicians adjust chains and balance tires. They also service ATVs, UTVs, and dirt bikes, and carry parts from brands such as Drag Specialties, Tucker Rocky, Parts Unlimited, Vance & Hines, and Icon.
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with professional brake services including a lifetime warranty on parts, labor and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, suspension repair, and belt replacement.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.