Rows and rows of new and certified preowned vehicles surround Hall Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Inside the dealership's service center, Chrysler-certified technicians change the oil, rotate the tires, inspect the emissions, and detail the surfaces of all vehicle makes and models. Members of the parts department lend a hand when vehicles need batteries, mufflers, brake pads, and more tiny horses to power their engines.
The experienced mechanics at Zolman Tire keep cars road-ready with diligent care that has earned their shop the title of Reader's Choice Favorite for auto repair in the South Bend Tribune every year since 2003. During the oil-change service, auto experts swap out dirty filters while cars slurp down up to six quarts of conventional or synthetic-blend oil, resolving internal-combustion conflicts and keeping the engine cool enough to be the lead singer in a Boston cover band. Then, Zolman's motorcar magicians inspect other fluid levels and perform a 22-point vehicle inspection to ensure various systems are performing at their optimal levels.
Drive & Shine's lengthy wash tunnel scrubs muck and mire from auto frames with eco-friendly soaps and nimble-fingered soft foam wraps. During the 10- to 15-minute service, an underbody wash cleanses the car's road-facing parts, and autos beam like a smiling hologram after being lovingly smothered in applications of clear-coat sealant and foam polish. A layer of Diamond Wax projects the radiant luster of the finish far into the future, and Wheel Brite and tire dressing keep the vehicle's rubber boots looking spick-and-span. To keep the interior looking sharp, technicians climb inside to vacuum dirt, debris, and crumbs from the rugs and seats, beat particles out of mats, scrub windows, and wipe dashes and door jambs with soapy foam wraps. Ten percent of Drive & Shine's proceeds will be donated to United Way, an organization that promotes healthy living and helps humans reach their full potential.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change, which helps promote 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 helps prevent 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) service vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, technicians perform preventative services such as air-filtration and electrical system maintenance, among others. Jiffy Lube's quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
Quality Automotive's bright gold insignia, painted on the shop's white trucks, can be seen all across South Bend, making it the second most ubiquitous gold logo in the city—right behind that of Notre Dame. The troupe of technicians that drive these trucks delivers onsite automotive repairs across the city. Though specializing in fleet repair, the certified technicians revitalize all types of cars with a range of treatments. They swap dirty oil with fresh fluids during standard oil changes, following up the service with a 28-point inspection. Computer diagnostics sleuth out potential problems, while the shop's talented mechanics repair busted brakes, screwy suspension and steering systems, and radios stuck on “Radar Love.” Aside from maintaining rides, Quality Automotive also offers collision repairs.
For more than five decades, Veldman’s Service Center has taken care of South Bend-area autos with a wide range of services. The staff of ASE-certified technicians skillfully performs wheel alignments, heat and AC maintenance, and brake services, to ensure that cars can stop quickly in case a band of Froggers jumps onto the highway.