Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
The licensed and insured technicians at Tint Crafters of Centennial Inc. deftly apply 3M clear bra treatments to protect cars’ pristine painted surfaces. The durable clear coating repels debris, keeping stone chips, gravel, or pithy bumper-sticker slogans from scratching the finish. Clear bra treatments on the hood and fender vary by size ($199+ for 12 inches), and techs can affix the damage-defying treatment to headlights ($50/lens), fog lights ($20/lens), and side mirrors ($20 each) as well. This Groupon is valid for a 12-inch treatment, measured from the lowest point on your car's hood. 3M has a five-year warranty on all materials, and all services from Tint Crafters are backed by a lifetime warranty.
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, 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.
Located in Sears stores or at adjacent offices, Sears Optical's independent optometrists screen peepers to determine accurate prescriptions and diagnose any health problems. As doctors position a refractive device over the eyes, flipping through lenses of varying strengths, patients describe the level of clarity with which they can see the purple zebra dancing in the far corner. In addition to the prescriptive exam, doctors may use eye drops to dilate the pupil to scrutinize the retina.
Grease Monkey’s preventative maintenance professionals provide street pilots with wide-reaching, proactive auto treatments. The road to extended motor vehicle life begins with a 16-point safety inspection to listen to engine purrs and measure mud-flap flappiness levels. The staff then fills tires with delicious nitrogen, a road hugger’s preferred between-meal snack (a $19.99 value), before expertly rotating wheels in perfect circles (a $19.99 value).