During a standard oil change, McMahon Tire & Car Care’s certified mechanics will replace old, worn-out oil with fresh-faced young fluid, straight from lubricant college and ready to take on the heat, dust, and incredible pressures of today's high-octane internal-combustion world. To help new oil adjust to its new job of safeguarding precious moving parts, gaskets, and various shafts, a fresh oil filter is included. Filters are always replaced at the same time as the oil, ensuring that all of the contaminants from old oil are removed from your car's system. Used motor oil must be disposed of properly; the professionals at McMahon follow all disposal protocols to the letter.
A 50-year family history of conscientious car care backs Fox & Fox's reputation for automotive excellence. The menu of motorized makeover services includes complex collision and maintenance work as well as subtler tune-ups. Rein in rambunctious free-spirited axles with a two-wheel alignment ($45.75) or a more sternly worded four-wheel alignment ($65.25). A premium vehicle inspection ($39) or rigorous prepurchase inspection ($60) sniffs out bum rides and lemons, while a standard oil change keeps your ride’s inner workings sliding smoother than an ice sculpture down a soapy bowling lane ($29.95).
Though Vordeman Volkswagen's mechanics and technicians know how to care for cars of all kinds, their bread and butter is European and luxury cars. It’s not rare to find service bays occupied by Porsche 912s, BMW convertibles, and classics such as a 1977 Mercedes. Even the parking lot regularly fills up with VW Beetles for meetings of the Old Fort VW Club, and team members have been known to race their own Volkswagens in autocross competitions. Additionally, three team members are master certified by Volkswagen, a rare distinction earned after spending 65 eight-hour days learning the intricacies of maintenance.
When it was founded in 1959, Ziebart’s business model hinged on a single service: its innovative rust-prevention procedure. However, the chain has diversified its auto treatments throughout the last five decades. Though the team of certified technicians continues to safeguard vehicles against corrosion, they also protect paint jobs with Z-Shield and Diamond Gloss coatings and render interior fabrics stain-resistant with their house Ultra Fabric Protector formula. They clean and disinfect ride interiors, and hand-wash and machine polish exteriors to a sparkling shine. Beyond up-keeping vehicles, they stock an arsenal of car electronics that run the gamut from remote car starters to in-dash navigation systems, which can help drivers find their way back home without relying on a trail of breadcrumbs.
In addition to doling out free flat repairs, alignment checks, and front-end, brake, and tire inspections, the ASE–certified mechanics at Patriot Tire & Auto head off or mend automotive malfunctions with preventive service and repairs. The shop’s online service, My Garage, helps diagnose ailments before they even reach the shop, allowing drivers to note handling issues, strange smells, or what color exhaust the car is coughing up. A nationwide limited warranty then covers some services for up to 12 months or 12,000 miles. True to its name, Patriot Tire & Auto also stocks name-brand tires trusted manufacturers including Michelin, Goodyear, and Bridgestone.:m]]
A Grease Monkey full-service oil change is more than a simple oil infusion. Expert mechanics give your car a full physical, checking its respiratory system (air filter, breather element, and PCV valve), vision (windshield-wiper blades and exterior lights), and circulatory system (power-steering fluid, battery fluid, windshield fluid, transmission or transaxle fluid, differential fluid, and engine-coolant level). Your car's carpets will then be vacuumed and its exterior windows washed, leaving it cleaner and healthier than a bar of soap running on a treadmill. A tire rotation completes your car's transformation into a fully tuned wheelmobile.