The technicians at Qwikwash Detailing and Carwash caress cars completely by hand, with microfiber cloths superseding machines and harsh brushes. Each 30-minute Super Premier car wash kicks off with a detailed cleanse, during which agile digits traverse the outer shell while scrubbing off dirt, film, and diesel rashes. Ample applications of exterior dressing enhance the car's glossy shine, and then cleaners clarify the windows and sniff out interior debris with a vacuum. Techs add dressing to surfaces and panels, and finally, an aromatic air freshener drives out stale odors.
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. These technicians learn their car-care talents during stints in Jiffy Lube University, the company's exhaustive training program. During their training, technicians engage with computer-based learning, apply knowledge during on-the-job-training, and pass frequent skills tests to master the art of engine maintenance. Upon graduation, technicians also take the Jiffy Lube Pledge, vowing to service their customers' cars with the same care they would normally reserve for their own vehicles. This extensive curriculum and commitment to customer service is part of what earned the program accolades as an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified Training Provider.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube’s experts perform air conditioning, air filtration, cooling system, electrical, windshield services, and many more. The technicians’ quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services and only complete those services after it has been approved by the owner.
A dedicated staff and comfy service lounge greet customers at Pinkerton Chevrolet's two locations. Both new and gently used GM vehicles such as Buicks, Chevrolets, and Cadillacs grace the grounds, beckoning customers to test-drive them to the nearest deserted go-kart racetrack. Inside, patrons can sip on premium coffee, catch a favorite show on the flat-screen TV, or surf the wireless Internet while their car is spruced up.
Throughout the centuries, Virginia's James River has served as a home to native Powhatan, Monacan, and Haudenosaunee peoples, followed by early English settlers. Today, the river's waters host leisure and thrill seekers. James River Float Company's experienced guides lead these thrill seekers, plying the waters between Lynchburg and Richmond on a range of aquatic excursions. They embark on whitewater-rafting and standup-paddleboarding trips on specialty crafts designed for the river, and teach classes in basic or advanced sit-in kayaking; during which they teach turning to avoid rocks and rolling to avoid owl rush hour at midnight. On four types of canoe or kayak excursions, paddlers drift past old stone walls, Civil War encampments, waterfalls, and bubbling currents. Guides also pilot flat, handcrafted white-oak bateaus—each up to 60 feet long and 8 feet wide—on guided and overnight trips. On many overnight boating trips, Float Company staffers furnish all tents, sleeping pads, and sleeping bags, as well as meals.
Guided through the mechanical morass by two ASE-certified master technicians, Techne Mechanical services domestic and foreign vehicles from compact to colossal. While the vehicle's vital fluids are being transfused, the technicians play a game of musical tires, rotating them around the car until the music stops and the odd tire out gets relegated to the trunk. The car's brakes are also inspected to ensure they can continue in their deceleration duties. Alternately, Techne Mechanical offers a Class-A state inspection to certify the car is road-worthy, environmentally sensitive, and not actually a set of trash-can lids bolted onto a refrigerator.
Tim and Tara Wall's body shop started as a tent inside of a barn, but their business soon outgrew the space and relocated to a modern facility with 12 work bays. Today, technicians partner with insurance companies to complete pinstriping, oil-change, and headlight-restoration services that come with complimentary online estimates. Though not included in this Groupon, for clients whose other car is a boat, TNT can also repair damaged fiberglass and gel coats, and patch up frayed Jolly Roger flags.