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.
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.
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.
Owners Scott and Denise McClinton keep Louisville-area vehicles humming with the help of the dozens of local technicians who staff Mobil 1 Lube Express's four locations. The team services cars and trucks with only Mobil motor oils, and help repel precipitation from windshields with Rain-X wiper blades.
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.