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 Auto Repair's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in show-room condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, and tire rotations.
Signature service: Toyota Timing belts
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Nippondenso, NGK, Akebono, TRW, and
mostly OEM parts
Pro Tip: Enjoy coffee or lunch at the nearby cafes and restaurants while you wait in heart of downtown Mountain View
Yellow Taxi Cab California’s iconic yellow cars have been bustling down city streets delivering riders safely to their destinations for more than 10 years. The local offshoot adheres to the Yellow Cab company’s gleaming safety record, requiring drivers to complete a comprehensive training course before fitting them with a license and trademark racing stripe haircut. To ensure cabs always find their way, each car comes equipped with a GPS unit.
All Tune and Lube reaches out to cars with promises of tender loving maintenance and woos waiting drivers with the gift of free WiFi. In the garage's work bays, tools guided by skilled hands deal with everything from basic oil and lube services to in-depth engine and transmission work. All Tune and Lube's shock and strut replacement help forge a stronger symbiosis between wheels and pavement, and brake and electrical diagnostic services help keep both lone-ranging cars and massive company fleets humming melodiously. Headlight restoration focuses on improving visibility at night and improving the look of a vehicle by removing the hazer layer from the outer surface of the headlights. When not focused on automotive performance, staff members offer fuel-economy advice and maintenance tips.
The two ASE-certified mechanics at MPG Auto Service have gone to great lengths to turn their garage into a viable alternative to pricy dealership repair shops. The owner has achieved the title of Toyota certified master technician and has slain the diesel-powered dragon needed to earn his certificate as a Toyota hybrid-system-qualified mechanic. The team also knows its way around the engines of Fords, Porsches, Volkswagens, and more than 25 other foreign and domestic makes. They put their knowledge to work performing California smog and emissions testing, exhaust-system and electrical repairs, and routine engine maintenance. The shop maintains a user-friendly vibe, encouraging potential patrons to drop in with questions about their limping or coughing automobiles.
The technicians at Premier Star Smog Check have one goal in mind each time a vehicle rolls onto the premises, and that's to check its smog levels to ensure that they're in compliance with the law. If it has four wheels, a motor, and isn't some sort of scary robot, the technicians will perform a range of tests to check each vehicle's smog levels before awarding it a certificate or sending it back to smog school. Though each smog check takes only about 15 minutes, Premier Star Smog Check still offers patrons free WiFi and is situated near different eateries for those seeking a quick bite.