Ultimate Shield sounds like a comic book character, and it could be—it heroically protects cars just as any decent superhuman would, fighting to keep vehicles beautiful at its headquarters in Ultimate Auto Care’s repair shop. One of the Shield’s weapons is paint-protection film, a thermoplastic material originally tested by military personnel and prized by racecar drivers for its ability to preserve sponsor graphics. Like most versions on the market, Ultimate Shield’s is known as the clear bra, and is designed to safeguard automotive bodies against flying gravel, debris, and people who jaywalk with scissors. Bolstering Ultimate Shield’s powers are special sealants that help the paint job resist UV rays, sap, bugs, and acid rain, and render interior fabric and leather resistant to stains.
Ultimate Auto Care offers more than films and sealants, though—working in the Shield’s shadow, the shop’s crew can also detail motorcycles, cars, RVs, and boats. These cleaners attack grime with services ranging from basic washes and interior scrubdowns to a clay treatment for paint, which absorbs pollutants and other potentially corrosive elements. And once cars are clean, they can add a touch of customization by tinting windows, smoking taillights, adding dash accents, and painting brake calipers.
With participating locations nationwide, Auto Care Special lets customers reach out to their local garages for a grab bag of free and discounted maintenance services. Cards may be redeemed for multiple vehicles over the course of one year for services such as oil changes, safety inspections, and engine-light diagnoses. Those who move or create alter-egos over the course of the year can scan the locations page for participating garages in their new cities of residence to receive a complimentary maintenance bundle.
Regardless of what logo brands your vehicle, A1 Automotive's ASE-certified technicians will welcome the ride into their full-service maintenance and repair shop and provide fast, quality service. They perform an array of automotive services, from brake repairs and oil changes to engine diagnostics and tuneups. Techs even service the battery, which is one of the most important parts of the car alongside that cashmere steering-wheel cover.
With lube and service centers spread across America, Valvoline Instant Oil Change ensures that roads from coast to coast teem with automotive vigor. Certified technicians perform a roster of services, including drive-thru oil changes that allow motorists to arrive without an appointment and remain in their car while Valvoline oils forge a truce between metal parts.
Since 1989, the founder of Mike’s Tint Shop has been augmenting car windows with his custom, computer-generated tints, which range from subtle dot patterns to flames and sports-team logos. His work has caught the attention of celebrities such as Hollywood heavyweight Verne Troyer, who played Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies, and whose Mercedes bears the company's namesake tinting work. Beyond tints, the shop offers LLumar paint protection, a nearly invisible coating that safeguards vehicles' bodies against stone chips, scratches, insects, and freckles. Technicians can also cleanse vehicles with hand washes and detail work, which ranges from wheel dressing to wiping out cup holders.
Becker Tire and Service Center's ASE-certified technicians tighten lug nuts and tune engines inside three full-service garages stocked with premium tire brands including Michelin, Bridgestone, and Hankook. Cars find the perfect swing for their tree house with the garage's tire-size finder and masterful installations ensure safe spins with available nitrogen fills, rotations, and computer spin balancing. The mechanics' seemingly infinite knowledge reaches under hoods for lubrication and electrical services and below the chassis for steering, axle, and suspension work. For more serious repairs, Becker Tire offers a convenient shuttle transport, multivehicle fleet repairs, and service for your fleet of multiple shuttles.