From more than 35 years with 350 facilities in six countries, Precision Tune Auto Care has spent the last three decades keeping more than 2.5 million vehicles on the road with an array of maintenance and auto-repair services. Professionally trained mechanics lube engines with signature precision oil changes, rotate tires to ensure even tread wear, repair busted brakes, and test spark plugs to safeguard against ignition failure during dramatic drive-thru getaways. Whether performing complicated services on fuel-injection and cooling systems or simply aligning tires, the mechanics back all their services with a 12-month, 12,000-mile national warranty.
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.
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. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car—it cools the motor and prevents moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube's savants perform air-filtration, brakes, electricity, and windshield services, among others. The technicians' quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, only complete a service after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
Dirty, down-on-their-luck vehicles pass through AutoSpa Express’s 125-foot car-wash tunnel and emerge from the other end spick, span, and clean-shaven. The Ultimate wash begins with a dual-stage pre-soak and application of wheel-bright foam before proceeding through the high-pressure area, which uses a soft-touch wash cycle with triple-foam conditioner and triple-foam polish to leave cars glistening and treat any unsightly dandruff problems. Next, rust inhibitor is applied to the car’s ticklish undercarriage, then the car is rinsed in four stages and tire shine is applied for supernaturally glossy tires. Ten air-fueled dryers finish the three- to five-minute process, and each customer receives a vacuum token to suck up the hundreds of empty ketchup packets that constitute the floor of their portable kitchen.
Just Emissions’ nationwide facilities exclusively specialize in two things: vehicle-emissions tests and safety inspections. By focusing their efforts on these two EPA-mandated services, the company has developed a testing process for cars, vans, SUVs, rolling droids, and pickup trucks that is both thorough and speedy. The company’s hyper-specialization has also given birth to other consumer conveniences, including immediate post-test registration renewal at its Utah locations and onsite testing.
Inspired to help car owners save money in the wake of an economic downturn, The Wrench-it Center's founder, Zachary Anderegg, opened the heated bays of a full-service, do-it-yourself garage lauded by the Deseret News as "Salt Lake Valley's most innovative—and hands-on—automotive repair business." Amateur mechanics can access both high-rise and low-rise lifts as well as a 200-piece toolbox, and they can also plug into the garage's Alldata automotive repair database so they don't have to ask their car to honk three times when it stops hurting. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, when visitors hit a snag, this computer system "shows drawings of just about every part and how they fit together for all makes and models." When the garage doesn't have the part for a required repair, free parts delivery can summon rare factory components and more aerodynamic bumper stickers. Owners can enlist the shop's mechanics to coach them through the repair process, and at any point they can hand the job off and enjoy the full-service treatment.