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.
A.T.C. Flight Training Center has guided fledgling pilots through the skies with FAA-certified instruction since 1991, emphasizing good judgment, quick decision making, and practical skill. With approval from the Secret Service and FBI, and permission slips signed by their mothers, the seasoned instructors teach their flight courses in an airborne classroom high above the Potomac River. They lay out a clear path for students to earn FAA private-pilot certification through classroom lectures, hands-on flight instruction, and the Jeppesen ground and flight syllabus. Flight lessons aboard the center's two Cessna 172 planes cover basic flight techniques, such as fending off territorial weather balloons, before moving on to jaunts to other airports, night flying, and more advanced skills.
Already experienced pilots can instead embark on leisurely trips in a Cessna 182, outfitted with GPS navigation and autopilot. At the center's shop, staffers further outfit pilots with headsets, charts, and approach plates, as well as ASA training materials, aviation books, and films about flight.
MR WASH is family owned and operated with locations throughout the region, offering full-service or express car wash services. Trading bristly brushes for soft cloths, the Super Wash carefully cares for cruisers with wheel cleanings, clear-coat protectants, a full wipedown, an undercarriage bath, window cleaning, and a vacuuming to undust the interior. The Weather Shield Ultimate car wash, which only aims its cleansing sprays at a car's outer parts, features a soft cloth brushless wash, tunnel wash, undercarriage wash, clear-coat protectants, and a weather shield application to protect it from Mother Nature's water balloons.
The car-care crew at VIP Auto Appearance, winner of the 2007 Steve Harvey Hoodie Award for Best Car Wash, roll out sparkling rides from their Clinton shop. The father-son founders and their team of techs wash and detail vehicles inside and out and fit windows with tinted films to block harmful sunbeams and keep upholstery from fading or seeking jobs as patio furniture. VIP also pipes iPod tunes into rides through static-free stereo cables, installs ignition interlock systems, and coordinates interiors with custom seat covers.
With 15 locations and an inventory of more than 3,000 cars, NextCar gets its customers back on the road with speed and ease. They carry cars, trucks, and SUVs from brands such as Acura, Range Rover, and Chevrolet, with models that range from compacts and two-doors to SUVs, luxury vehicles, and hybrids.