More than 30 years ago, James "Jim" Sikes opened the original Buchanan Repair, where honesty was a vital part of each automotive service. These days, his son James Sikes Jr. honors his father's legacy at Dino's Car Care Center. James and his partners tends to vehicles to keep them purring like a kitten in a massage chair.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Center's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
At Gene Messer Ford Lincoln Mazda, factory-trained technicians crawl beneath undercarriages and venture into popped hoods to strengthen engines and extend odometers. In the quick-lane department, technicians swiftly swap old fluids for new regular and diesel oils, whereas parts technicians replace rickety old components with factory-certified parts or update wood-burning engines to the modern age. Revamped cars can then hold their hood ornaments high as they cruise past the dealership's inventory of glistening new and used vehicles.