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.
Cars, semis, boats, and motorcycles clamor to Louisville Detailing's roomy shop or invite techs to their driveways and marinas for mobile shine-ups. An array of detail services treat vehicular exteriors to clear polymer-paint protectant, tire dressings, and interior wipedowns, as well as add-ons such as engine detailing. The shop also touches up scratches, smoothes rock chips, and repairs upholstery paper cuts caused by Haynes manuals. Louisville Detailing also details guests' cars at special events with concierge services, and donates a portion to its proceeds to charities such as Ronald McDonald House.
The detailers at Mobile Detail of Louisville respect their clients’ yard as much as their car. Other than the suddenly sparkling automobile in the driveway, their eco-friendly, waterless detailing services leave little evidence of their having been there. When they leave, there are no soapy pools soaking the grounds and no water left on the car to get into crevices and cause oxidation.
For more than 20 years, A & K Detailing's technicians have cleaned cars and buffed them to a beautiful shine. They've held out their hands to classic cars, modern wheels, and robotic horses alike, luring them inside the garage with various shampoos, protective agents, and waxes from brands such as Meguiar's and 3M. Their complete detailing packages cover the whole car—engines, trunks, carpets, doorjambs, vents, glass, and anything else that's dirty. Other services include headlight restoration, window tinting, dent removal, and ozone treatments that eliminate stubborn odors and comfort nostalgic Everest climbers. In addition to maintaining a car's existing elements, they can also install a range of protective accessories such as grill guards and bumpers.
So established is Circle K Midwest that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.
Color Solutions’ team of meticulous auto cleaners expunges nicks and grime from the inside out with aesthetics-boosting detailing and restoration services. During detailing sessions, technicians hand wash and wax outer shells and clean away window invaders including water spots, dirt, and fossilized dog nose prints. Inside, staffers vacuum cabins and trunks, shampoo carpets and floor mats, and lightly wipe down surfaces. For an additional charge, body techs smooth away wheel gouges, restore foggy headlights into clear beams, and touch up paint scrapes with hues developed from a precise color-matching system.