With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Tire & Auto has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
With lube and service centers spread across America, Valvoline Instant Oil Change ensures that roads from coast to coast teem with automotive vigor. Certified technicians perform a roster of services, including quick in-and-out oil changes that allow motorists to arrive without an appointment and remain in their car while Valvoline oils forge a truce between metal parts. Facilities also encourage odometers to reach up to 300,000 miles with an engine-guarantee program that helps motors live long enough to see tow trucks go extinct. Valvoline extends its care to cars of all makes and models as well as charitable organizations.
The adept automotive aces at Aamco focus their collective mechanical genius on your car's every whirring gear during this comprehensive tune-up. Parched motors get a tasty five-quarts of fresh, 5w30 or 10w30 motor oil to lubricate their machinery for smoother commutes, safer road trips, and swifter maneuvering around banana peels (a $29.95 value). Next, a tire rotation (a $15 value) ensures wheels spin safely and evenly, helping avoid pesky single tire replacements and unexpected blowouts, while a fresh set of wiper blades makes for better visibility during rain, hail, and attack by mynock (a $15 value). An added battery check will make certain your people mover's power is fully charged, healthy, and ready for more miles, and that no garage elves have been using it to power their weather machine again.
Telle Tire & Auto Service's friendly staff of ASE-trained technicians have been sprucing up wheelmobiles for more than 60 years. Let these auto experts replace worn-out oil with fresh fluid, give your wipers the rubber they need to clear off rain and katydid husks, and swap tires' positions so that they, unlike Nick Cage, go bald evenly. While waiting, relax on sumptuous circular black lounge chairs and come up with new theories about why the dinosaurs went extinct in Telle Tire's comfortable waiting room. An appointment is required.
Handling more than just the swap-out of your car's oily core, the Jiffy Lube Signature Service oil change comes standard with a fresh-from-the-box filter; a checking and filling of transmission, differential, power-steering, and windshield-washer fluids; and a detailed inspection of the antifreeze and coolant reservoirs, engine air-filtration system, serpentine belts, wiper blades, and exterior lights.
For more than 30 years, the technicians at West County Auto Body—who are certified by the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair—have specialized in full-service collision and body repair, from removing dents to restoring frames to factory specifications using a digital measurement system. Their shop is home to a computer paint-matching system and a downdraft paint booth, which they use to spray cars and any uncolorful drivers with even coats of Sikkens paint. There's also a team ready to handle glass and hail-damage repairs. In addition to its auto-body services, West County's team also boasts ASE-certified technicians who perform full-service mechanical repairs on all makes and models, including state-licensed vehicle inspections. Most jobs come backed by a lifetime warranty.