When he turned 17, Jason Scott bought his first Mustang and fell in love with classic cars. Determined to spend as much time around automobiles as possible, Scott apprenticed with Ford Canada and Chrysler, learning the ropes as a technician. Over the years, he has taken hundreds of programs and studied aspects of car maintenance such as electrical systems, automatic transmissions, and clean emissions. Now installed in his newly opened shop, Scott continues to keep customers' cars in tip-top shape and contritely explains that there's nothing he can do about carpooling coworkers who hog the radio dial.
At Cars 101, the seasoned staffers take care of the automotive basics: fixing, maintaining, and cleaning. Their services range from simple oil changes to more complex windshield replacement and tinting. Similarly varied, their tiered detailing packages feature simple steps—including hand washing and vacuuming—as well as more technologically advanced treatments such as high-speed polishing and hot-water extraction for upholstery and carpets. In case cars cannot be salvaged, Cars 101's facility is surrounded by a selection of preowned vehicles, including Queen Elizabeth's Studebaker.
Most of the automotive-maintenance services at Pro Oil Change begin with the pop of a hood. The dull sound reverberates around the engine, where trained and certified technicians inspect air filters, replace batteries, refill fluid levels, and inject Valvoline motor oil. Outside the automotive nucleus, they extend their restorative touch toward burned-out headlights and waved-out windshield-wiper blades. All of this unfolds inside their welcoming facility, which accepts all vehicle makes and models and features a waiting room with TVs and complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, or tea.