Though they may be a long way from their country of origin, European- and Asian-made vehicles feel at home at Import Performance thanks to friendly technicians who service their nuanced systems and equip them with original parts. The team's 20 years of experience and specialization in foreign brands such as Audi, Subaru, and BMW becomes evident as they pop hoods and crawl beneath undercarriages to service brakes and engines and sing to transmissions in their native tongue. Although the company performs repairs, their number-one goal is to thwart problems before they occur through maintenance services that preempt mechanical failures and save drivers money on costly fixes.
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.
Most Popular Service: Windshield chip and crack repair
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 30 minutes or less
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
We perform chip and crack repair by using resin inside of a vacuum device called a bridge. The bridge allows us to [remove] all the air from the crack and replace it with a resin. We then cap the repair with a fast-drying resin that protects the repair. The repair is then buffed and polished, and then we clean the windshield.
Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
After a repair is complete, we clean the entire windshield, inside and out. We can also apply Rain-X at the customer's request.
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