Steve Chapman was born into the auto glass business?his father, a pioneer of at-home windshield repair and installation, opened Chapman Auto Glass in 1960. Steve and his family now carry on his father?s legacy with their self-dubbed ?glass shop on wheels.? Steve?s technicians travel to customers? homes and mend windshields with the same equipment and materials used during the original installation. They use one-hour sealant to hold new windshields in place, meaning owners are back on the road faster than an auctioneer singing a rap song.
Interstate All Battery Center leads the charge in power outposts, providing reserve-power road trippers with brand-new batteries for their trucks, cell phones, computers, and more. With a vast storehouse of more than 16,000 products, Interstate carries batteries for nearly every brand of laptop and PC, as well as a plethora of automotive batteries to restore sedans, coupes, and station wagons after a long night of headlight staring contests. Household powerables are also available, including 24-packs of AAs ($8.99+) for bulk buyers, an Energizer 9V alkaline battery ($4.49) for metronomes possessed by surprisingly funky eighth notes, and one case of Lite Brite fuel, distilled from corn syrup and Olympic silver medals. Old used batteries find comfy retirement at Interstate’s recycling center, allowing their former owners and well-meaning grandchildren to rest easy.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil-Change package, which helps promote the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car—it cools the motor and helps prevent moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians—all of which have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)—service vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, technicians offer preventative services such as air-filtration and electrical-system maintenance, among others. Jiffy Lube’s quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
The 1967 Chevy Corvair had seen better days when it showed up on the doorstep of Dent Busters. Rust was slowly extinguishing its once-hot-pink flame decals, and the engine was left exposed by a missing hood. For the car, Dent Busters was either a final hope or final resting place. For Dent Busters, the car was just another makeover to hang on a wall of successes?a car the staff completely restored and sent flying down the road reignited by its newly painted flames.
It?s a typical scenario for the technicians at Dent Busters?cars come in severely rusted or dented, and leave in original factory condition. After an initial interview with the client, the techs get to work with research and assessment before offering an estimate. Once cleared to start, they can paintlessly repair dents , detail the interior, or provide complete collision repair, rust removal, and custom paint with computerized color matching. They document all progress and upload photos to the site so owners can feed their curiosity and print out copies to fill the empty space in their driveway.