ASE-certified Precision Tune Auto Care helps vehicles of all sorts run smoothly by performing top-of-the-line maintenance and repair services. The vehicular spa day begins with a full-service oil change, where a team of talented techs pours up to 5 quarts of 5W-20 or 5W-30 oil into thirsty autos while decking out happily oil-drunk engines with brand-new filters. Tires bask in equally tender treatment during a rotation, which promotes even wear and tear and gives easily bored circular sightseers a new vantage point. Upon completion, an alignment check finds out if anything is needed to keep cars rolling in a straight line. Precision Tune Auto Care's professional vehicle pamperers also stabilize tires' rubbery moods by treating them to lifetime balancing until they bounce off to the big wheelhouse in the sky. A visual brake inspection assesses the stoppers' surfaces for resistance capabilities, unusual noises, or grinding tendencies.
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.
Dorta Auto Repair specializes in repairs and preventive maintenance. This ASE-certified shop tends to a number of automotive issues, including brakes, engines, and batteries. It offers free WiFi for waiting customers and a free shuttle for those who need rides while their vehicles are being serviced.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil-Change package, which helps promote 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 helps prevent moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians—all of which have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)—service vehicles at Jiffy Lube. In addition to performing oil changes, technicians offer preventative services such as air-filtration and electrical-system maintenance, among others. Jiffy Lube’s quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
Nearly three decades have rolled by since Pro Tire Service opened for business. In that time, technology has advanced and cars have gotten smarter—but so have the shop's ASE-certified technicians. The automotive services they offer range from basic maintenance to heavy-duty stuff such as engine overhauls, transmission rebuilds, and journeys into the uncharted territory of on-board computers. Because the DOT now requires all cars to be shod, the technicians fit four-wheelers for tires from BFGoodrich, Michelin, and Uniroyal. And because it's no longer considered humane to turn old batteries into chew toys for teething T-1000s, they recycle them instead. The majority of what Pro Tire Service's people do is backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty, a result of their affiliation with Tech-Net Professional Auto Service.