Grown from two small shops to 28 locations by the sweat equity of a hard-working father-and-son team, McGee Auto Service & Tire’s open-air bays now proudly display the cobalt and maize décor signifying their status as authorized Goodyear dealers. Skilled hands outfit hoisted cars with conventional and standard oil while computerized systems recalibrate tires, brake service secures stoppers, and transmission tune-ups correct gear-bound problems. At the core of full-scale commercial fleet services, a specialized shearography machine helped earn McGee Auto Service & Tire a mention on Modern Tire Dealer's Top 100 Retreaders in the U.S. list. Oversize vehicle service also caters to recreational drivers, with RV service including repairing electrical systems, recalibrating drive trains, and restocking the feedback of the horn's onboard bugler.
Founded in 1948, Bartow Ford Company is a privately held company. The Central Florida facility, located on 30 acres of property in Polk County, employs approximately 180 people. Achievements include Ford Motor Company’s prestigious President’s Award 15 times.
Known primarily as a reputable new and pre-owned dealership, Lakeland Automall moonlights as a full-service vehicular apothecary, offering a range of services to assuage any automotive ailment. Treat a motorized life-mate to a luxurious oil change, where the keen car-coddlers employ OEM-quality filters before quenching thirsty engines with up to 5 delicious quarts of semi-synthetic Motorcraft or Castrol oil. Next, the friendly yet thorough inspectors submit the vehicle to a 25-point inspection to determine any problem areas—and exactly where your ride was on the night of July 28. Should the perambulatory physical lead to any necessary repairs, Lakeland Automall backs its parts and labor work with a 12-month or 12,000-mile guarantee. The service shop also welcomes drive-ups and offers time-crunched car parents a complimentary shuttle to swiftly convey them back to any home, office, or underground LARPing coliseum.
American Lube Express maintains seven trained technicians onsite and rapidly shuttles vehicles through its two open bays before returning them to the roads from whence they came in top-notch shape. A 15-minute fuel-system treatment flushes out carbon deposits and varnish with a Full Throttle cleaner that tasks its microscopic scrubbers with cleansing the intake system and fuel injectors, potentially boosting a vehicle’s performance, gas mileage, and windshield-wiper speed. In order to earn the loyalty of its customers, American Lube Express dedicates itself to providing quick, thorough service as well as carefully orchestrated trust falls off the front porch. Aspiring Autobahn conquerors can await their newly invigorated chariots from the comfort of hamstring-relieving rocking chairs as fresh coffee percolates with excitement nearby.
At Tuffy's, motor-vehicle caregivers spruce up patrons' horseless carriages and prepare them for a new season of dutiful service. After installing a new oil filter, auto artisans remove the old sludgy glop clogging the car's arterial system and replace it with up to five quarts of Valvoline 5W-30 or 5W-20 conventional motor oil (a $31.99 value; diesel or synthetic oil costs extra). The staff will also rotate tires to prepare four-wheeled wonders for safe gliding (a $12 value) and make sure air-conditioning systems function properly to bring riders to the brink of coolness faster than Fonzie’s leather jacket ($9.99). Finally, a pair of fresh wiper blades (up to 22")—grown locally by organic-blade farmers—supplants worn-out window-rubbers ($22) and a specialist conducts an extensive 41-point maintenance inspection.
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, brakes, 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.
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 the standard brake service 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, factory maintenance services, batteries, belt replacement, and fluid services.