Since 1996, Shell Rapid Lube and AutoSpa's team of technicians have been giving vehicles expedited oil changes at their ever-expanding network of service shops. This extensive experience has translated to a quick turnaround time for the team's oil changes, which, in a span of about 20 minutes, fill cars with fresh lube, exchange their filters, double-check 18 of their vital points, and quiz their knowledge of General Motors trivia. The shops' car-wash tunnel runs vehicles through a gauntlet of brushes, soap, and water jets.
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.
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.
At Sparkle Clean, every car wash begins by soaking exteriors in warm suds and gently wiping away dirt and grime before a machine dry finishes the job. Upgrades can be added to any wash, from clear coat protectant to rust inhibitor and interior detailing.
Sparkle Clean also has an express lane for anyone who just needs their automobile's exterior washed. During the cleaning, customers can either sit inside their vehicle or step outside for complimentary coffee.
Since 1942, Leete Tire & Auto Center, Inc. has been fitting autos with new tires by brands including Michelin, BFGoodrich, Uniroyal, Continental, Toyo, and Goodyear. Though the family-owned tire shop's been around for well over half a century, it stays up-to-date by equipping its 10-bay garage with modern technologies, such as the Space Needle, which sews up cars or the moon after meteor collisions. In 1995, Leete Tire & Auto Center spawned another location in Richmond that features six bays capable of servicing passenger vehicles as well as light trucks. As NAPA AutoCare centers, both tire shops also enlist ASE-certified technicians trained to keep rides healthy. These skilled pros render maintenance services including state inspections, computerized alignments, and brake inspections.
More than thirty years ago, Darrel Neilson entered the auto industry as a muffler and exhaust specialist. Now, he and his master techs are full-fledged car doctors who offer services that repair everything from air conditioners and radiators to brakes and alternators across seven locations. They also document all of their findings in their computer system to diagnose automotive ailments with ease.