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 Fresh Caf?, 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.
At Bettenhausen Automotive, a phalanx of 25 to 35 technicians is on hand each day, caring for cars and speeding through an average of 480 oil changes per week. The service center welcomes roadsters of all makes and models into its modernly appointed mechanic’s shop. There, techs solve longevity-inhibiting problems and complete factory-scheduled maintenance tasks, maximizing each vehicle’s potential and performance along the way. Helmed by brothers Michael and Troy Bettenhausen, the family-run dealership has been operating for over 50 years and carries a well-waxed inventory of new and used vehicles, including the 2013 Dodge Dart.
CarCraft Advanced has been trusted to service law-enforcement vehicles, which need to be in peak form at all times, as well as dealership vehicles and larger fleets. But its techs approach civilian cars with equal amounts of care. The staff take in domestic and foreign makes and models, servicing parts ranging from engines to brakes to transmissions and sending them back on the road at full strength.
The ASE-certified service technicians at Midas brace automobiles for winter during a 60-minute checkup, confiscating spent fluids, replacing them with up to 6 quarts of clean oil, and installing a filter to keep contaminants out. Rotations give tires a change of scenery and keep the tread wearing down evenly, and a brand-new pair of wipers replaces last season's rain-swatters with a fresh set of blades ready for snow. After inspecting belts, hoses, coolant, fluids, and air filters, mechanics stop in on the battery to confirm a healthy charge, and conclude with a visual brake inspection to make sure the car-stoppers can hold their own against slick roads, icy patches, and jaywalking snowmen.
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. These technicians learn their care-care talents during stints in Jiffy Lube University, the company's exhaustive training program. During their training, technicians engage with computer-based learning, apply knowledge during on-the-job-training, and pass frequent skills tests to master the art of engine maintenance. Upon graduation, technicians also take the Jiffy Lube Pledge, vowing to service their customers' cars with the same care they would normally reserve for their own vehicles. This extensive curriculum and commitment to customer service is part of what earned the program accolades as an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified Training Provider.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube’s experts perform air conditioning, air filtration, cooling system, electrical, windshield services, and many more. The technicians’ quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services and only complete those services after it has been approved by the owner.