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.
Sterling H2O Car Wash’s automated car-wash tunnel was the inspiration for the climactic scene from great American writer Louis Bargot’s 1968 novel, Ambulances in Wartime.
Foam began to cover the ambulance’s windows and Maggie grabbed my hand and I looked at her and I could see she was worried. I thought about the baby and the war, but mostly the baby. The foam was green and pink and yellow, and Maggie’s face was white and her hair brown.
“Look at the pretty colors,” she said. “Yes, look at them,” I said. “Oh, Petey, do you think they’ll have car washes in Egypt?” “Sure.” “And they’ll have these pretty colors, too?” “I don’t see why not.” “Oh, good.” She sat up in her seat and let go of my hand. “Then we’ll go to Egypt and you’ll sell the ambulance and I’ll have the baby and all three of us will take walks past the Sphinx.” “That will be nice.” “You think we’ll get much for this ol’ thing?” “It doesn’t matter. I have money.” “Oh, I know that, Petey, I just wanted to know if you think we’ll get much for this ol’ thing is all.”
The ambulance jerked forward and water began to drizzle against the metal ceiling. It made a din din sound, and I placed my elbow on the canteen of bourbon in the middle of the seat.
“Marco says there’s an infantry post near Dongola and that they need all the help they can get,” I said. “Oh, wonderful,” Maggie said before adding, “they won’t be too close to us, though, will they?” “No.”
The ambulance jerked forward again and I could see Antalya’s mountainous horizon past the wet windshield. I watched a bead of water zigzag down the glass and collide with another bead and the two of them disappear beneath the wiper.
“You know, I think we’ll get a lot for this ol’ thing,” Maggie said, “It runs good and it’ll be so clean that the locals will think it’s brand new.” “Perhaps,” I said, and then I sat up and grabbed the canteen and shook it, but it was empty so I set it back down and waved goodbye to the car-wash attendant but he didn’t see me.
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.
The ASE-certified technicians at Meineke Car Care Center fine-tune the innards of cars from all major brands. The shop’s computer-diagnostic technology helps the team’s official inspectors to sweep engines for abnormalities, and techs swap in top-notch parts for failing cogs. The team flushes sullied oil and replaces it with fresh draughts of regular or conventional oil, or tweak air-conditioning systems to keep indoor climates cooler than a yeti’s walk-in freezer. The shop accommodates busy patrons with 24-hour car drop-off and rental roadsters available when vehicles are out of commission.
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.