Detail to the Xtreme’s fastidious technicians work to detail cars, SUVs, boats, and RVs. They welcome vehicles to their locations for detailing but will also travel and pamper automobiles onsite. They clean exterior and interior components and carefully clean and dress wheels.
At an early age, Kevin Coulter acquired advanced detailing and vehicular-reconditioning skills while working at a local Indiana Auto Auction. Today, he draws on more than 20 years of experience as he operates Luxury Cars of Indianapolis, where skilled techs service chariots using Meguiar's nonabrasive and eco-friendly products. The team wields pH-balanced leather conditioner to moisturize seats, a detailer's clay bar to smooth exterior surfaces, and custom-mixed paints to brighten auto cheeks. Staffers can also pick up, drop off, and spin vehicles on their fingertips for an additional cost.
When Mike's Carwash first opened in 1948, it was one of only 18 carwash businesses in the United States. Today, the family-owned establishment keeps the 65-year-old tradition of gussying up automobiles alive at 42 locations throughout the Midwest. At each location, accommodating staffers stand by to assist customers during the cleaning process. Decked out in cartoon neckties, the cheerful team ushers cars into computer-controlled washers that eschew traditional gear-operated brushes and baseball bats in favor of controlled sprays and soft cloths. After the mixture of eight signature soaps de-grimes surfaces, 200-miles-per-hour gusts of hot air dry vehicles instantly. Mike's also offers specialty coats to give car exteriors and tires additional shine.
The ASE-certified techs at Automotive Service Group (ASG) coddle cars with fresh oil, filters, and visual inspections. After draining dingy, contaminated oil, techs replenish automotive arteries with up to 5 quarts of Valvoline conventional oil. Mechanics also swap out clogged oil filters for fresh lube sieves. Roadweary wagons then have their tire pressure and fluid levels checked, and techs top off any skimping solutions before performing a visual inspection and lubing the chassis when applicable.
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, 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 who 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 perform 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.
John Searcy started his battery business out of the back of his truck in spring 1950. He opened an official storefront in 1952, naming it Interstate Battery System after the new network of interstate highways that was under construction across the country. Over the next 60 years, his company expanded to all 50 states, as well as Australia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. Each Interstate All Battery Center location—as well as the company's online database—houses an extensive selection of batteries for cars, electronics, household items, and computers. They also collect power sources for security systems, medical equipment, and other niche devices. Many of their batteries come with a 45-day satisfaction warranty, though it doesn’t cover batteries stolen by siblings to power their Game Boys.