In 1992, Phil Dietro's younger brother Stu became enamored with his friend's paraplane, prompting him to learn how to pilot the motor-powered parachute. In an old fashion bout of sibling rivalry, Phil too wanted to master the strange flying contraption, traveling with Stu to Santa Ynez Airport for his first flight. As gusts of wind rearranged his hair, and impressed birds beckoned him over for high-fives, Phil became hooked, later seeking further training from the paraplane's inventor, Steve Snyder.
A year after his first flight, Phil's newfound hobby inspired him to establish Inland Paraflite, where he currently schools fledgling aviators in an airborne classroom high above the Apple Valley desert. His exhilarating flight courses instill cloud-curious students with the knowledge to man a dual-controlled Powrachute Pegasus, which reaches speeds of up to 32 miles per hour—the same speed at which the sound of soft rock travels.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Signature Service Oil Change package, which promotes 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 prevents 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) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube's savants perform air-filtration, electricity, and windshield services, among others. The technicians' quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, only complete a service after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
Recipient of the Harris Poll EquiTrend 2012 Automotive Service Center Brand of the Year award, NAPA Auto Care Centers continue to provide quality maintenance and repair services across the country at more than 12,000 locations. ASE–certified techs have the skills to execute a wide array of services, from routine oil changes and tune-ups to installing new drum brakes and repairing electrical systems. For many services, parts and labor are covered by a 12-month or 12,000-mile nationwide warranty that is honored at all locations and may be used as currency in certain alternate universes.
Since 1979, family-owned Quality Glass Tinting has been upgrading roadsters with window tinting and meticulous detailing. At the Glendora location, skilled technicians paint window canvases with high-quality Llumar Window Films that aid in the reduction of interior solar-heat build-up and give drivers added security and privacy. They also apply similar services to the windows of homes, businesses, and high-profile tree forts to reduce glare and air-conditioning costs.
Additionally, vehicles can visit Quality's auto spa for thorough hand washes that restore shine without damaging factory finishes. For further primping, technicians can outfit autos with accessories such as Rosen entertainment systems, alarms, and underbelly navel piercings.
The wheel was one of mankind's greatest inventions, and the ASE-certified technicians at Signature Tire treat it accordingly. Their shop—which opened in 1995—is an authorized Goodyear tire and auto-care center home to stacks of name-brand tires and techs versed in an array of rubber-mending services. They also keep cars ready for the road with essential auto maintenance, such as changing oil, servicing brakes, and aligning wheels in accordance with that day's zodiac forecast.