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.
So established is Circle K 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 theTake Away Fresh Caf?, 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.
Drawing on half a century of automotive service, the family owned and operated Midas helps drivers to prolong vehicle vigor with factory-recommended maintenance services. Mechanics pop car hoods to perform oil changes with standard and temperature-durable synthetic solutions, taking time to inspect belts, hoses, fluids, and the air conditioner's resident penguin. Armed with efficient catalytic converters built to US EPA standards, the staff helps to shrink harmful emissions during muffler and exhaust-system checks. Trained technicians augment brake services with lifetime guarantees and curate healthy, evenly worn tires with rotations or replacements from Goodyear, Michelin, Firestone, and Bridgestone.
Colorado’s cluster of Midas Auto Service Experts shops have operated under the same local ownership for 30 years. At each location, ASE-certified service technicians care for vehicles in all kinds of capacities, from factory scheduled maintenance measures to extensive repairs on brake systems and engines. With each service, the team exerts the same advanced expertise that has made Midas a recognized industry name since the company’s inception more than 50 years ago at the dawn of time. The community-oriented Colorado service stations also support local philanthropic organizations including the YMCA and the grassroots road-safety campaign, Drive Smart.
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.