For almost a half century, Jim's Used Tires has sold tires. Not content to deal merely in wheels, the shop soon added services designed to make sure jalopies stay road-ready. Oil changes, emissions checks, and inspections help to catch potential problems before they hatch and chew the upholstery to shreds. Jim's technicians also detail cars and offer free tire rotations, flat-tire repair, and roadside assistance.
Inspired to help car owners save money in the wake of an economic downturn, The Wrench-it Center's founder, Zachary Anderegg, opened the heated bays of a full-service, do-it-yourself garage lauded by the Deseret News as "Salt Lake Valley's most innovative—and hands-on—automotive repair business." Amateur mechanics can access both high-rise and low-rise lifts as well as a 200-piece toolbox, and they can also plug into the garage's Alldata automotive repair database so they don't have to ask their car to honk three times when it stops hurting. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, when visitors hit a snag, this computer system "shows drawings of just about every part and how they fit together for all makes and models." When the garage doesn't have the part for a required repair, free parts delivery can summon rare factory components and more aerodynamic bumper stickers. Owners can enlist the shop's mechanics to coach them through the repair process, and at any point they can hand the job off and enjoy the full-service treatment.
Big O Tires' Healthy-Car special hones in on an array of auto parts, giving your wheels an all-over inspection to curtail any mechanical ailments or auto-body botherings. The 30- to 40-minute treatment begins with an oil change, which replaces fatigued oil with up to 5 fresh-faced quarts and includes a fluffy new oil filter for improved performance on roadways, highways, and intergalactic skyways. Free-wheeling tires are treated to a tread-soothing rotation and inspection, and brakes are scrutinized for uncharacteristic squeaks and squawks. Any remaining extremities receive much-desired attention during the 30-point inspection, a thorough exam that susses out auto aches, pains, and engine plagues. A fluid refill and chassis lube round out the service, which is backed by a nationwide warranty.
In business for more than 60 years, Little Garage revives exhausted cars and encourages them to continue pursuing the great American drive. The shop’s professional mechanics will first perform an oil change, with up to 5 quarts of fresh conventional oil and a new filter replacing each car's befouled fluids. They’ll also use their bunker-piercing vision to check all fluid levels, and lube up the chassis to make it easier to slip past trucks on narrow roads. A comprehensive state emission test and safety inspection follows, in which lights, brakes, belts, hoses, and landing gear are accounted for, ensuring that four-wheeled rovers are certified street legal for upcoming drag races and trips to the hammock store. To encourage wear and tear to distribute themselves evenly across tire surfaces, the Little Garage team will also rotate all four tires.
The customer-service-oriented staff of Schneider Auto Karosserie cossets cars with a full range of collision-repair services, from mending bent fenders to unrippling crunched bodywork. Skilled auto technicians operate state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose and mend vehicles with accident damage or other maladies at an hourly labor rate of $45. They provide detailing, touchups, or cosmetic touchups (all around $200) for conveyances needing a fresh coat of wax or fire-engine-red lipstick. While the jalopy jocks at Schneider Auto Karosserie specialize in European cars, including Audis, Volkswagens, Mercedes, and BMWs, they service both foreign and domestic makes, and perform warranty repairs for a variety of dealers, allowing American-made vehicles to rub fenders with foreign cars and learn fashionable continental seatbelt-fastening styles.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Signature Service Oil Change package, which promotes 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 prevents moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube's savants perform air-filtration, electricity, and windshield services, among others. The technicians' quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, only complete a service after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.