ASE master technicians Greg Kinder and Mike Kuemmel take the helm at Autotech Auto Center, where they keep foreign and domestic rides of all makes and models running smoothly. They fiddle under the hood, slide below the car, and dance on the roof, all to keep transmissions, brakes, and tires in check. While the team tunes up AC systems or drains dirty oil, customers can relax in the comfortable waiting room outfitted with a TV, free WiFi, and plenty of hot coffee.
Since 1988, Auto Care Super Saver has been helping car owners save cash with maintenance punch cards redeemable at local auto shops throughout the course of a full year. These cards come loaded with all kinds of prepaid services, including at least three full-service oil changes with up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a new filter. Depending on the location, punch cards may also feature tire rotations, brake inspections, engine-light readings, air-conditioning performance tests, and other repairs and inspections essential to a car's well-being. Customers can transfer the punch card's benefits to any ride, ranging from station wagons to sports cars to feral merry-go-round mounts.
Auto Spa's top-of-the-line speedy Lustra wash ($12) pampers the most mobile member of your family with an exterior wash it will never forget. Send your reeking roadster or soiled sedan into the conveyorized express tunnel, where it will have its surface scrubbed and hubcaps rubbed into a sublime state of shininess. Soft-cloth cleansing mechanisms, meanwhile, wash your horseless carriage's delicate underbelly and behind-the-ear areas. Auto Spa will also solemnly remove any insects that have met their untimely end upon the war-torn windshield, notify their loved ones, and give them a proper burial. A Lustra surface gloss will then be lovingly applied to your auto-wagon's surface, coating it with iridescent brighteners and ultraviolet protection. The wash is concluded when the sopping vehicle is turbo-dried, smacked on the bottom, and effectively reborn into automotive existence.
Midcoast Motorsports hosts an inventory of used cars, SUVs, and vans. Additionally, their technicians carefully perform auto detailing for vehicle exteriors and interiors. They also offer oil changes, brake services, and alignments.
For six decades, Lou Fusz’s savvy mechanicals have revived ailing autos with fresh fluids, tire care, and safety inspections that keep all components running at the same speed. Technicians rehydrate thirsty engines with a full dose of oil and lube (a $30 value). A new filter inoculates cars against oil-borne contaminants and other vehicular viruses, while windshields wipe their brows in relief with newly installed blades (a $34 value). After a team of trusty wheel-wranglers rotates tires to balance tread wear (a $15 value), a thorough safety check scrutinizes two dozen essential elements for signs of trouble, such as cracked casings or failed emissions tests stuffed into the undercarriage.
So established is Circle K Midwest that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.