A sleek white Ferrari purrs in the parking lot, and suddenly the opaque window rolls down to reveal Kim Kardashian behind the wheel, beaming with joy at her new custom-tinted windows. Fresh Window Tint’s owner Junior Ayala smiles, knowing he has satisfied yet another customer. Since his father and uncle opened the first location in 1990, Junior has expanded their automotive empire to include three locations, each of which cares for clients personally with custom window tinting and other services.
Using only premium products with at least a 20-year history, which includes Llumar protective window tint, insured technicians wrap windowpanes to reduce heat, solar glare, and up to 99.9% of UV rays. They also protect cars’ bodies with vinyl vehicle wrap or enhance headlights with 3M products. Like wallpaper made from dictionary pages, tinted windows are also stylish and practical for residences and businesses, allowing owners to save up to 40% on energy costs. Customers who live in the Santa Clarita/Valencia area may take advantage of Fresh Window Tint's pickup and drop-off service. Customers visiting from farther-flung locations can relax on the lounge’s plush leather sofas, enjoy snacks and beverages, and watch TV while their cars are being armored against heat and the blinding glare reflected off glass-bottom airplanes.
At Valencia Car Wash, the ideal path to a sparkling paint job depends on the answers to a few questions. How much time does the customer have? Are there any small scratches or bits of tree sap that need removing? Does the interior need a thorough shampoo or a quick ghost busting? Once they have the answers, the detailers can select the perfect service for customers' needs. After their standard wash and vacuum, they can go on to wax exteriors, clean engines, or even restore headlights. Valencia Car Wash doesn't focus exclusively on looks, however. Their techs also administer 22-point oil changes that include the replacement of other essential engine fluids.
Knollwood Tire Center's friendly mechanics have to holster a vast set of skills in their metaphorical tool belts. That's because they're expected to do it all, from routine oil changes and tire rotation to diagnosing electrical problems and repairing diesel engines. Installing and repairing tires is their calling card. With a deep stock of major brands on hand—including Michelin, Goodyear, and Yokohama—techs can meet the varied needs of both discerning customers and children demanding a specific brand of tire swing.
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. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car?it cools the motor and prevents moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube's savants perform air-filtration, electricity, and windshield services, among others. The technicians' quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, only complete a service after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
At Universal Service Station, friendly, knowledgeable technicians keep foreign and domestic vehicles of all types running smoothly and safely with diagnostic services and tune-ups as well as major overhauls and repairs. Drivers leave their cars, vans, trucks, and motorcycles in the care of skilled mechanics, who protect moving parts from wear with oil changes and help motorists avoid crashing through giant ice sculptures that are constantly being carried across the city’s streets with brake repair and replacement.
When cars leave Dr. Smog N Lube, they roll out with an engine full of new, clean oil and a clean bill of health from the state. Technicians bolster cars with regular- and synthetic-oil changes, tire rotations, and safety inspections that check 18 separate points. During state-emission inspections, the staff tests each car to make sure its smog output is below the legal limit and awards passing vehicles with a state-certified approval before sending them on their way to brag about it at the nearest gas pump.