With more than 90 years of experience, Ed Schmidt keeps the area's automobiles pristine from bow to stern. The detailing package exfoliates each vehicle's exterior with a grime-blasting wash and dragon-fire dry. Vacuums embark on a search-and-destroy mission through interior carpets and dashboard panels to obliterate dust and dirt. Equipped with streak-slaying cloths, technicians wipe windows inside and out so you can stare directly as the sun without any dust refraction. Finally, wheels are cleaned and dressed in formal attire, enabling entry to high-school proms, weddings, and velvet-roped doctor’s offices.
Taylor Auto’s medical mechanics nurse weary vehicles back to health with a battery of internal and external treatments. Taylor’s oil change zaps out thick, gunky crude and replaces it with quarts of pure black gold, smoothing the way for taxed engine parts and inspiring new plot points for The Beverly Hillbillies fan-fiction. Technicians exorcise dirt demons from a car’s nooks and crannies during the shop’s mini-detail session, blessing vehicles with a lustrous shine inside and out. Inspired by Vegas dealers, Taylor’s tire rotation shuffles the vulcanized deck, keeping spinners fresh prior to high-rolling departures. Each motor-coach makeover lasts about one–two hours, getting roadsters back on the open highway ahead of rush hour or clown-car drag races.
Though current owner Gary Pontious Sr. purchased Toledo Auto Care in 1975, the shop’s legacy stretches even further back, to 1917. Today, Gary and his son, both certified by the Automotive Management Institute, maintain the shop’s long-held reputation with the help of a team of ASE-certified techs. These auto wizards skillfully perform a wide range of services, including warranty-backed repairs.
Aside from oiling engines and servicing car parts, Gary’s staff takes care of customers by way of free roundtrip shuttles, towing, and engine-light inspections. These customer-comfort measures extend to the shop’s tidy waiting room, which is filled with stock-car memorabilia and complimentary Starbucks coffee. The team also supports local community efforts by offering free car-care workshops and raising money to aid the fight against cancer.
At Tuffy's, motor-vehicle caregivers spruce up patrons' horseless carriages and prepare them for a new season of dutiful service. After installing a new oil filter, auto artisans remove the old sludgy glop clogging the car's arterial system and replace it with up to 5 quarts of Valvoline 5W-30 or 5W-20 conventional motor oil (a $26.99 value, diesel or synthetic oil costs extra). The staff will also rotate tires to prepare four-wheeled wonders for safe gliding (a $12 value) and make sure air-conditioning systems function properly to bring you to the brink of coolness faster than Fonzie’s leather jacket ($9.99) . Finally, a pair of fresh wiper blades (up to 22")—grown locally by organic-blade farmers—supplants worn-out window-rubbers ($22) and a specialist conducts an extensive 41-point maintenance inspection.
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.