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.
Each Wash-N-Shine location is a modern and friendly bathhouse for weather-beaten vehicles. The Super Shine package provides a smattering of premium services for four-wheeled friends, including tire cleaning, bug removal, and trunk massaging. The advanced Quicksilver Touch-Free washing system gently bastes panels with a three-color foam bath before augmenting surfaces with Lustra Shield, a glossing agent and brake-dust repellant that ensures a shinier scuttle through town. Car care concludes with a powerful drying session that dispels droplets for radiant, streak-free gleam. Neighbors and co-workers will whistle at your roadcraft's shiny new exterior while mechanics and sewer dwellers gape at its immaculate undercarriage.
Thorntons independently distributes gas while keeping clean convenience stores filled with snacks to help drivers stay awake, nourished, or quenched. Power depleted, flex-fuel-friendly cars, trucks, vans, or tail-finned Zeppelins with E-85 Flex Fuel, a renewable fuel source that minimizes earth-detrimental emissions.
With an arsenal of auto-beautifying contraptions, Big Kahuna features automatic car-wash bays that use dirt-destroying brushes that work hard to resist water and grease absorption. Big Kahuna’s self-serve bays are ideal for tall service vehicles and larger autos, from dually trucks to vans shaped like Mikhail Gorbachev’s birthmark. Upon completion of the outer wash, patrons command a fleet of overachieving vacuums, which can descend on grimy interiors, bestowing fragrance and good fortune on dirty carpets and upholstery.
Since 1962, the motor mavens at Big O Tires have been treating tin lizzies to a slew of services, including their specialty 30-minute express oil changes. The tireless techs speedily slurp out old oil with anteater-esque precision, replacing worn out filters, and rewarding loyal dip sticks with up to 5 quarts of new crude. Following a chassis lubrication, wheel wranglers remove each tire, before moving them and their entire DVD collection to a new home in an adjacent wheel well, helping to guarantee even wear and tear. After a thorough fluid check and preventative maintenance analysis, revamped rides are happily reunited with the owners to depart together into the sunset. Upgrades are available for diesel oil (price based on vehicle and location), high-mileage oil ($10–$15 extra), and synthetic oil ($20–$30 extra).
With lube and service centers spread across America, Valvoline Instant Oil Change ensures that roads from coast to coast teem with automotive vigor. Certified technicians perform a roster of services, including quick in-and-out oil changes that allow motorists to arrive without an appointment and remain in their car while Valvoline oils forge a truce between metal parts. Facilities also encourage odometers to reach up to 300,000 miles with an engine-guarantee program that helps motors live long enough to see tow trucks go extinct. Valvoline extends its care to cars of all makes and models as well as charitable organizations.