After working as a mechanic for six years at Juanita Firs Texaco, a 22-year-old Dan Amundsen bought the station with the help of his father in 1978. Amundsen's devoted father worked early mornings to keep the business running, and Juanita Firs 76 continues to be a family operation today. Patrons stopping by for gas might encounter Amundsen's children, nieces, family friends, feral grease monkeys, and, of course, employees who have been with the company for as many as 30 years.
The station's ASE-certified technicians bring 120 years of combined experience to the oil-stained table as they perform a wide range of services. They keep cars running smoothly with tune-ups and scheduled maintenance, and specialists can also repair more advanced snafus involving the brake, tire, and air-conditioning systems. Drivers receive a free Express car wash and complimentary cup of coffee with every fill-up of 8 gallons or more.
Mark Wagner has been working under the hood of international automobiles since 1972. After securing a master's degree in mechanical engineering in Germany, Wagner ferried both his family and his familiarity with foreign cars to America, where, today, he teams up with the ASE-certified techs in his repair shop. The factory-trained mechanics dole out everything from tune-ups to engine, brake, and transmission repairs. And all of their work is backed by a 15-month, 15,000-mile warranty that prevents cars from worrying about waking up and seeing their name in the classified pages.
Heartland Jiffy Lubes enjoy the benefits of being under the Heartland Automotive Services umbrella, putting them in good company along with more than 435 Jiffy Lubes nationwide that service more than five million customers each year. They specialize in the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change, which comes standard with a fresh-from-the-box oil filter and up to 5 quarts of quality motor oil, plus a comprehensive lineup of other vehicle maintenance checkups. Highly trained technicians also perform cosmetic and mechanical services including inspections, emissions testing, transmission service, and counseling for 1960s Corvettes that are going through a mid-life crisis.
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A full-service repair shop, Stingray's team of technicians executes everything from oil changes and alignments to engine repairs and electrical diagnosis. Each member of the team has at least 10 years experience, and most repair work comes certified with a 24,000-mile or 24-month nationwide warranty. Their certified services include major and minor repairs on most makes and models of both foreign and domestic cars, such as Chevy, Toyota, and Lexus. As they don't work on commission, they also strive to offer honest opinions on necessary repairs and the latest Dilbert comic.
With America's Best Car Care Plan, ASE-certified technicians keep autos running smoothly by injecting car insides with up to 5 quarts of clean conventional oil (upgrades to synthetic require additional charges) and performing a host of auto-maintenance services. Brake inspections and adjustments grant drivers the peace of mind that cars are safe and equipped for inclement weather and duck-crossing signs that come out of nowhere. Two tire rotations ensure automotive equilibrium can find long-lasting balance and tire grooves wear evenly.