At ATC Window Tinting, technicians line the surfaces of cars and homes with more than 30 types of film, each bearing a useful set of characteristics. Antireflective coverings subdue hazardous glares that could cause traffic accidents, and solar-protection films block out heat while driving in the sunshine or rolling through a tanning salon. Paint-protection films deflect damage caused by rocks, salt, or gravel displaced by a vehicle's wheels. The techs also decorate surfaces with custom graphics and protect headlights and taillights with Lamin-x film. Mobile tinting, with hours extended into the nights and weekends, makes the service convenient for patrons in surrounding areas.
Big City Car Wash's vehicle-sudsers wield modern equipment and environmentally safe cleaners, waxes, and conditioners as they skillfully beautify mechanized chariots. In the 30-minute Express Complete detail service, auto aestheticians cleanse cars inside and out with a Super Wash, scouring windows and shining tires until they gleam like the golden spokes of Napoleon's unicycle. Nimble hands apply a UV protectant to shield interior leather and vinyl from ultraviolet rays and the glare of other cars' jealous headlights, then vacuum and steam-clean floor mats to kill bacteria and remove light stains. Before fitting frames with a coat of wax, buggy buffers remove contaminants such as debris, tar, light water spots, and ill-advised tattoos of Henry Ford's face with a clay bar, which is safe for all vehicle finishes including clear coats. Car cosmetologists end their detailing by dressing autos' exterior vinyl, and provide a quality guarantee of customer satisfaction. An additional charge may be incurred for exceptionally dirty vehicles.
With participating locations nationwide, Auto Care Special lets customers reach out to their local garages for a grab bag of free and discounted maintenance services. Cards may be redeemed for multiple vehicles over the course of one year for services such as oil changes, safety inspections, and engine-light diagnoses. Those who move or create alter-egos over the course of the year can scan the locations page for participating garages in their new cities of residence to receive a complimentary maintenance bundle.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change package, which helps promote 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 helps prevent moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians—all of which have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)—service vehicles at Jiffy Lube. In addition to performing oil changes, technicians offer preventative services such as air-filtration and electrical-system maintenance, among others. Jiffy Lube’s quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
Since 1988, Auto Care Super Saver has been helping car owners save cash with maintenance punch cards redeemable at local auto shops throughout the course of a full year. These cards come loaded with all kinds of prepaid services, including at least three full-service oil changes with up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a new filter. Depending on the location, punch cards may also feature tire rotations, brake inspections, engine-light readings, air-conditioning performance tests, and other repairs and inspections essential to a car's well-being. Customers can transfer the punch card's benefits to any ride, ranging from station wagons to sports cars to feral merry-go-round mounts.
Yellow and blue signage near the parking lots of shopping malls, offices, and entertainment centers indicates the presence of ProntoWash Eco AutoSpa, a car wash and detailing powerhouse that boasts more than 350 operations worldwide. Its business model revolves around accessibility—ProntoWash sets up shop where cars already are, saving drivers time and preserving all the gas and corn dogs that engines would have otherwise consumed during a trip to a traditional car wash. Helming special yellow Washing Karts, the company's technicians use biodegradable detergent and about a pint of low-pressure water to render each car clean. They also care for cars by vacuuming carpets, restoring headlights, stuffing multivitamins inside ailing glove compartments, and making arrangements to hit the road with their mobile car-wash service.