Vehicles from the Quad City area have rolled into Auto Doctor & Repair’s Bettendorf shop since 1969. Hydraulic lifts hoist the cars into the air so ASE-certified technicians can tend to underbody repairs, and mechanics on the ground pop the hood for services ranging from oil changes to complete engine replacements. Drivers can peruse magazines while seated on the waiting room’s cozy tan couch, or they can hop aboard a shuttle or into a loaner car to continue the day’s errands.
Ottawa Auto Spa keeps its traditional SoftGloss and touch-free car wash tunnels open 24/7. Drivers simply choose the lane?touch-free is great for expensive models or salt-stained cars; SoftGloss for heavy dirt?then select their preferred tier of car wash, and cruise on through. During staffed hours, drivers can treat their vehicles to a more thorough cleaning by scheduling an interior or exterior auto detail. Each details starts with the customer's choice of wash, but also includes extras like leather cleaning, trunk vacuuming, and glass polishing. And, to really get cars in showroom shape, the staff can also add-on services such as tree sap removal, lime removal, or lime addition for cars that suffer from scurvy.
From soft cloths to triple-foam polish to an air tool that looses dirt from floors, the technicians at Dolphin Inc. Car Wash & Express Detail use myriad cleaning methods to keep rides sparkling. Services range from exterior washes to full-scale detailing treatments that spruce up vinyl, leather, rubber, and surly chauffeurs.
So established is Circle K Midwest that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.
• For $50 you get $100 worth of services. • For $100, you get $200 worth of services. Hollywood Limo's chic 2008 black Lincoln Town Cars shuttle passengers to social and business engagements under the licensed guidance of professional people-couriers. Helmed by classroom-trained chauffeurs, the Town Car intuitively guides guests to glamorous destinations with state-of-the-art GPS navigation. Corral up to 10 close friends or hitchhiking cowboys for a night out, and rabble-rouse the roadways for two to five hours at a time ($170–$385 weekdays; $200–$440 weekends). Hollywood Limo's well-manicured steed also makes homecomings and proms more memorable ($540/five hours) and whisks travelers on worry-free jaunts to O'Hare ($160 each way), Midway ($185 each way), or Milwaukee's Mitchell ($170 each way) airports, with all permits, tolls, and fees included. Hollywood Limo's ball-park and concert packages ensure excitement for up to eight hours at a time ($450/package), promptly motoring groups to destinations such as Wrigley Field, Alpine Valley, or a wood-paneled basement with 8-track surround sound.
The certified technicians at Aaron Auto Glass help cars with cars—they have more than 30 vehicles in their mobile fleet, allowing them to travel to clients whose windshields or windows are in need of repair. Once at the scene, they assess the problem and install fresh glass, or patch up chips with high-quality resin. Of course, they perform the same services at their five Chicagoland locations as well. Their impressive stock of vehicle glass all adheres to National Transportation and Safety Board standards, and can replace cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged glass with both new and used sheets. Most procedures even have a same-day turnaround, preventing drivers from simply switching their shattered windshield with a screen door.