Aegis Mobile Detailing deploys its interior and exterior car-polishing wizardry to automobiles parked throughout the greater Richmond area. Thoroughly trained professionals kick off the service by resetting exteriors with a pressure and hand wash, bug and tar removal, and tire shine. A hand-steered orbital polisher then lathers painted surfaces with carnauba wax, which is then wiped off with microfiber towels or macrofiber elephant ears. The greedy nozzles of vacuums extract dirt and dust from interiors as staffers wipe down windows, dashboards, consoles, and doorjambs. The entire Aegis complete detail takes up to two hours, or about the time it takes to somersault a mile.
The technicians at Extremes Mobile Detailing purify all roadsters—from giant Land Rovers to sleek sports cars—in the comfort of their owners' driveways with an array of personalized services. When they aren't detailing autos inside and out, they cover windows with tint, install stereos, and adorn vehicular waistlines with tummy-trimming pinstripes.
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.
At Mac's Service Center, ASE-certified mechanics spruce up any make or model of automobile, extending the life of vehicles with a vast repertoire of services ranging from everyday tune-ups to complete engine overhauls. The highly trained techs supplement their trade with certification in hybrid-engine repair, maintaining the children of gas-powered and electric cars for up to 50% less than the cost at most dealers.
The shop's strict adherence to CarQuest Tech-Net and NAPA AutoCare standards ensures extensive computerized diagnostics and employee commitment to a customer-friendly code of ethics that requires mechanics to obtain customer authorization. After each service, technicians spruce up each vehicle with a complimentary floorboard vacuuming, windshield wash, and top-off of cleaning solvent.
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.
More than thirty years ago, Darrel Neilson entered the auto industry as a muffler and exhaust specialist. Now, he and his master techs are full-fledged car doctors who offer services that repair everything from air conditioners and radiators to brakes and alternators across seven locations. They also document all of their findings in their computer system to diagnose automotive ailments with ease.