So established is Circle K 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 Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including Ball Park hot dogs. 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.
At The Detailer, owners Matt and Brandi Snedden draw on more than 24 years of auto-industry experience to meet drivers’ cosmetic car needs. Performing a comprehensive menu of detailing services, the specialized technicians take care to hand wash paint and use chamois to delicately dry droplets like a concerned pet owner catching its lizard’s tears. The expert staff includes two paint-and-body specialists who handle aesthetic requests such as paint correction and restoration, as well as an audio/video technician who installs high-tech upgrades, including GPS navigation and remote car starters. All of Detailer's services are available on location, or techs will travel to homes or offices with the shop’s mobile unit in tow, allowing customers to easily fit maintenance-and-upkeep measures into their schedules.
Express Oil Change’s experienced technicians help cars maintain their vigor with quick oil changes. Car caretakers dump up to five quarts of fresh oil into engines, defaulting to conventional fluid unless customers shell out extra pennies for an upgrade to semi-synthetic or full-synthetic oil. During the 20- to 30-minute service, technicians will also top off fluids, check the air filter, and inspect belts, hoses, lighting systems, and vehicular underbellies. In addition, wheels find themselves firmly lodged in new positions after a tire rotation, which thwarts uneven tread wear. If cars need further attention, Express Oil Change's mechanics will perform any additional same-day service, such as fuel-pump replacement or the installation of stealth wings, at 10% off the regular price.
Lower Soundz’s auto specialists equip vehicles with Earthquake audio equipment and remote-start systems that fire cars up, no keys needed. They also apply their technical skills to the sound systems of homes and alternative transports, such as boats and Trojan horses. When not tweaking electronics, Lower Soundz specializes in custom fabrication work.
The ASE-certified technicians at Express Oil Change prompt beaming grill grins from vehicles and their people partners with a revved-up array of automotive services. The approximately 10-minute oil change rapidly bestows clogged-up jalopy engines with up to five quarts of lubricating liquid, as well as a filter replacement, a chassis lubrication, a safety check of exterior lights, and inspections of the steering, the suspension, and the undercarriage. Wheels stolen from song-extolled buses are kept melodically turning with a tire rotation and balance, helping to ensure even wear and tear on all rubber road donuts. Should the subsequent safety inspection uncover any pressing mechanical issues, such as a malfunctioning headlight or an unfashionable belt, repairs endeavored on the same day of your deal redemption may be tackled with Express Oil Change's extensive four-wheeler wisdom and a 10% discount.