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 Centers’ 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.
For more than 30 years, Precision Tune Auto Care's ASE–certified technicians bolster and maintain automobiles of most makes and models with 5W-30 oils. During the 30- to 40-minute service, deft mechanics drain dirty oils from the bottom of the car, funnel in up to 5 quarts of new 5W-30 standard oil, and install a clean filter to make rides run more smoothly than a curling stone gently gliding over a well-oiled seal. Once dry car parts have been adequately slickened, eagle-eyed mechanics examine the car's perimeter during a multipoint inspection, throwing glances toward essential operations to quell safety concerns, confirm optimal performance, and make sure engines think before revving. Precision's customer-waiting area allows drivers to relax their pedal-pressing toes while professional techs service their cars.
Discount Tire’s professional technicians install and service a vast trove of tires and wheels to keep wagons rolling safely. Experienced, trained mechanics manage an inventory replete with tires by brand names such as Goodyear, Michelin, and Bridgestone ($60–$100/tire for most vehicles) and a huge range of wheels ($50–$100/wheel for most vehicles). Proud owners of newly outfitted buggies receive advice on how to improve their rubber-road marriages or ability to do donuts on the lawns of rival librarians. Along with recommendations on products and services, tire installations include new valve stems, road-hazard protection, and lifetime rotations.
Heartland Jiffy Lubes enjoy the benefits of being under the Heartland Automotive Services umbrella, putting them in good company along with more than 435 Jiffy Lubes nationwide that service more than five million customers each year. They specialize in the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change, which comes standard with a fresh-from-the-box oil filter and up to 5 quarts of quality motor oil, plus a comprehensive lineup of other vehicle maintenance checkups. Highly trained technicians also perform cosmetic and mechanical services including inspections, emissions testing, transmission service, and counseling for 1960s Corvettes that are going through a mid-life crisis.