When Sam Meineke opened his first automotive shop in 1972, they only sold mufflers. Today, more than 870 shops staff skilled mechanics to keep cars running smoothly with an extensive list of services. They replace drained batteries, fix faulty air conditioners, and inspect brakes. Meineke's Preferred and Supreme oil-change services come with roadside assistance in case your car comes down with mad-car disease.
Car Wash USA Express's 3-minute tunnel wash grooms vehicles with a suite of sanitizing foams and shines. During each ultimate car wash, applications of Bug Off pluck critters from the premises as tire cleaners groom car feet and foamy bath treatments clear away grime, road film, and the smell of tow trucks past. After a high-pressure blast dispenses lingering gunk, coats of Lustra Tri-Gloss and LustraShield total-body protectant gild the clean exterior, tires get scrubbed, and a wheel blaster whittles away filth. Next, a shining treatment spruces up the tires, a spot-free rinse sprays away any leftover suds, and a dryer leaves the car shiny and moisture-free.
In the driveway, a dirty car is being detailed. Creams are rubbed into the coat before a polish, then a sealant to protect it and hold in the shine. It's not the car's owner out in her driveway searching for extra elbow grease, though—it's Xtreme Mobile Car Wash's detailing technicians. They bring the services, knowhow, and professional products to their customer's home or business. Onsite, they execute one of five hand-wash-and-detail packages that care for cars, trucks, and SUVs. With the same detailing equipment and products, they extend their skills to the cleaning and preservation of carpet and upholstery in the home, office, or relaxation cave. In addition, Xtreme's team does its best to accommodate any requests for services not listed on their website.
For 30 years, the ASE-certified techs at Fox Plaza Tire & Auto Service have outfitted engines with fresh oil and able-bodied filters. During the 45-minute process, mechanics replace old contaminated goo with up to 5 quarts of clean motor oil, which keeps engines spry and less likely to sleep until noon, and then lube the chassis to help it stay loosened up. Cars are generally too lazy to rotate their own tires, so Fox Plaza's people with do it for them, preventing the tread from wearing out in an uneven fashion while also encouraging balanced handling. Next, mechanics perform a free 27-point inspection, wandering with professional aplomb from the car's hood to its brakes and lights, confirming that everything's in safe operating order.
Universal Glass pledges to repair or replace windshields on vehicles of any make or model, whether foreign, domestic, or from the not-too-distant future. Expert technicians abide by strict material and installation requirements to ensure road safety, and return vehicles to their OEM—Original Equipment Manufacturer––specifications. Universal offers offsite windshield-repair services within a 75-mile radius of the shop. Alongside repairs and replacements, its design and glazing experts can also create custom windows and mirrors for commercial businesses.
The staff at Mobile Car Kleenz, helmed by owner and lead detailer Van Nguyen, combs the surfaces, crevices, and cracks of every vehicle with Meguiar’s detailing compounds and waxes. Offering numerous wash and detailing packages at their garage or the client’s location, the detailers dutifully rid dirt and road film by utilizing hand washes, waxes, and polishes. For the insides, they rekindle leather surfaces with Lexol conditioners, brush all upholstery, and dress dashes, consoles, and cup holders, leaving the cabin with an unused, showroom feel. Mobile Car Kleenz also offers carpet shampooing, machine buffing, paintless dent repair, leather repair, and headlight restoration.