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.
Though automotive size, shape, and horsepower have evolved considerably since 1929, Black's Tire & Auto Service's commitment to vehicular maintenance and safety has remained constant. Now the brand boasts 32 locations throughout North and South Carolina, an ASE-certified squad of auto technicians, and an arsenal of trusted tires from the likes of Michelin and Goodyear. Drawing from a large slate of services, technicians maintain and treat the entire auto ecosystem, repairing air conditioning, replacing fluids, and fixing electrical systems, such as starter cables and dashboard Lite-Brites.
Travels In Wine Tours' co-founders, Kimberlee Young and Derek Schuler, share their love of wine, food, and travel with curious tourists through tours designed and led by certified sommeliers. Epicurean scenic tours of boutique wineries, personalized luxury Napa vacations, and custom weekend getaways marry viticultural education with flavorful indulgence as guests take in picturesque panoramas of vineyards that stretch to the horizon before curving upward and forming bridges to the moon.
Carolina Mobile Auto Service's ASE-certified staff keeps cars safely accelerating through the winter with seasonal maintenance packages. During the oil change, mechanics drain and dispose of damaged oils before replacing them with up to 5 quarts of clean conventional lubricants, which grease the metals, lessen friction, and improve pistons’ moves at the engine’s weekly dance mixer. A tire rotation crisscrosses treads to balance wear, smooth out rides, and extend tire life.
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.
Teppanyaki-trained chefs create thrilling bursts of flame and clouds of savory aromas as they grill vegetables, seafood, and choice beef cuts tableside. Teriyaki-doused tilapia, shrimp, and a slab of filet mignon take center stage on plates alongside an ensemble of soup, salad, rice, veggies, and noodles. Indecisive appetites find solace in more than a dozen combination dinners, which pair up proteins such as chicken and lobster tail or new york steak and chicken for a tag-team attack on taste buds. In addition to tableside hibachi cooking, Kobe Japanese Steak and Sushi amasses a sushi selection featuring the most impressive fish formations since the first all-mermaid troupe of Rockettes.