The ASE-certified technicians at Auto Plus understand that an unexpected car malfunction can put a damper on a client's day. To ease car-created stresses, technicians begin services with upfront pricing and a free inspection for any auto brought in. The company's free shuttle service ferries clients to and from the repair center while their cars are busy with the technicians, and free loaner cars await drivers whose carriages need multiday extended work. Additionally, the shop carries a range of tires, holds Saturday hours for busy clients, offers local towing services, and translates favorite quotes into engine noises free of charge.
With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Tire & Auto has earned itself a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Skilled mechanics prep road wagons for tough winters by replacing busted-up sludge with a fresh batch of up to 5 quarts of multigrade oil. Auto doctors also fix up rides with new windshield wipers (up to 24” in length) and tire rotations that ensure snug stops in case of icy patches or drag races against reindeer. During the battery and charging-system check, technicians carefully examine autos to make sure they'll be ready to start up on command. This service runs about 60 minutes long and wraps up with a full-vehicle courtesy inspection that ensures essential components, including tires, brakes, and suspension systems, are healthy enough to cruise the open road without requiring training wheels or being pulled by a retired racehorse.
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.
The beach-themed Laguna Auto Spa pampers vehicles wearied after surfing the streets with washing and detailing services. Washes range from exterior wipe downs with soft cloths to comprehensive cleansing from tire to roof-tethered golden retriever. Express services, such as hand waxing, save time by focusing on one component of auto beauty. More in-depth detailing elevates vehicular aesthetics by adding glossy sheens to steel exoskeletons or conditioning and protecting upholstery. Patrons can tune in to a waiting-room TV or flip leisurely through magazines and fern fronds in an airy space decked out in tropical tiki-hut accoutrements.
Motorists can take a break from their driver's seats and decompress on the leather massage chair in Clark's Car Care's customer lounge while ASE-certified technicians reboot and repair their rides with mechanical acumen. The business, which has kept autos revving at peak performance levels for 12 years, welcomes domestic and Japanese vehicles into its garage with the skills and tools necessary to swap oils, perform scheduled maintenance, and remind jaded brake pads of their importance. In addition to keeping its customers happy with free drinks and popcorn, and a 36-month, 36,000-mile warranty, Clark's also spreads goodwill through contributions to local and national organizations such as the Naperville Public Library and the American Cancer Society.