Though founded originally founded in Alabama in 1945, today Goo-Goo Express Wash sprawls across 12 states, each emulating the original with its signature red-and-yellow motif and smiling uniformed staff. Donning the red ties, helpful Goo-Goo employees assist customers and cars with prewash treatments before sending them both on their way through the automatic tunnel. Inside, microfiber cloths and Goo-Goo’s own line of biodegradable soaps work together to destroy dirt and muck during three levels of washes, including two that conclude with a spritz of tricolor and sealer wax. After the wash, Goo-Goo’s self-serve vacuum cleaners and mat machines work overtime to suck up dirt and debris from seats, carpets, and carpooler’s nostrils free of charge.
A locally owned arm of the trusted AAMCO franchise, AAMCO Dixie helps motorists ride in safety and security with auto repair services and preventive maintenance. AAMCO-certified technicians diagnose any issues in the gearbox with their signature multipoint transmission scan, which zeroes in on transmission problems so the techs can swiftly make repairs. The expert staff tackles nearly any automotive issue with that same care, relying on specialized diagnostic systems. Drivers can also drop in for routine treatments such as oil changes and A/C tune-ups, or to unravel the cryptic mystery behind a check engine light.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Center's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
Since 1962, the motor mavens at Big O Tires have been treating tin lizzies to a slew of services, including their specialty 30-minute express oil changes. The tireless techs speedily slurp out old oil with anteater-esque precision, replacing worn out filters, and rewarding loyal dip sticks with up to 5 quarts of new crude. Following a chassis lubrication, wheel wranglers remove each tire, before moving them and their entire DVD collection to a new home in an adjacent wheel well, helping to guarantee even wear and tear. After a thorough fluid check and preventative maintenance analysis, revamped rides are happily reunited with the owners to depart together into the sunset. Upgrades are available for diesel oil (price based on vehicle and location), high-mileage oil ($10–$15 extra), and synthetic oil ($20–$30 extra).
Thorntons independently distributes gas while keeping clean convenience stores filled with snacks to help drivers stay awake, nourished, or quenched. Power depleted, flex-fuel-friendly cars, trucks, vans, or tail-finned Zeppelins with E-85 Flex Fuel, a renewable fuel source that minimizes earth-detrimental emissions.
Tire Discounters’ auto specialists have been mending tires and servicing engines for 35 years. The 90-minute car physical treats beleaguered engines to a fresh oil filter and a crisp draught of up to 5 quarts of semi-synthetic Valvoline DuraBlend oil (a $34.95 value). Car physicians then focus on the treads, granting three years’ worth of wheel alignments (a $149.99 value), and a lifetime of tire rotations and balances keep handling crisp and reduce uneven tread wear (a $99.95 value). (Vehicles that require after-market modifications may not be eligible for alignment services.) To top things off, Nitrogen gas ($23.80 for four tires) keeps tires inflated for up to 25% longer than regular air and makes tires run cooler to reduce the risk of failure or overcooked hubcap omelets.