Five minutes is the perfect length of time for reading a magazine article, conducting some small talk, or, if you're a technician from Call Charley Roadside Assistance, opening an accidentally locked car. Available 24 hours a day, these techs report to vehicles as soon as clients call in with a problem. Typically, they can reach your location in less than one hour with the necessary tools, and address roadside troubles from dead batteries to punctured tires. They'll even deliver emergency fuel to cars that have run out of gas.
With lube and service centers spread across America, Valvoline Instant Oil Change ensures that roads from coast to coast teem with automotive vigor. Certified technicians perform a roster of services, including drive-thru oil changes that allow motorists to arrive without an appointment and remain in their car while Valvoline oils forge a truce between metal parts.
Royal Glass, a 40-year veteran of quality glass repair, employs skilled technicians and follows an in-house policy to return every vehicle to its pre-purchased Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Handy staffers stabilize up to three dings in the glass surface, securing the damage caused by rocks, debris, or vengeful lawnmowers. The service stabilizes the damage before it can grow into large, untreatable cracks, and restores visibility for the driver. A headlight restoration yields lucid illumination after technicians tend to soiled lenses and remove light-obstructing films, residues, and cynical philosophies. Clear lenses allow bulbs to project their brightest rays forward, keeping roads properly lit so drivers can safely navigate dark streets.
The car-care crew at VIP Auto Appearance, winner of the 2007 Steve Harvey Hoodie Award for Best Car Wash, roll out sparkling rides from their Clinton shop. The father-son founders and their team of techs wash and detail vehicles inside and out and fit windows with tinted films to block harmful sunbeams and keep upholstery from fading or seeking jobs as patio furniture. VIP also pipes iPod tunes into rides through static-free stereo cables, installs ignition interlock systems, and coordinates interiors with custom seat covers.
For more than 30 years, Precision Tune Auto Care has helped vehicles of all sorts run smoothly with an array of maintenance and auto-repair services. During oil changes, professionally trained mechanics whet engines' appetites with up to 5 quarts of standard motor oil, before serving them with a freshly baked oil filter. Afterward, the vehicle maintenance inspection scrutinizes steel steeds, working to uncover potential problems and keep vehicles running as smoothly and effortlessly as a cheetah wearing silk socks. Then, during tire rotations, experienced technicians will switch around their chariot's feet, ensuring an even distribution of wear and tear, and helping drivers avoid interstate breakdowns and awkward silences in the cab of the tow truck.
With participating locations nationwide, Auto Care Special lets customers reach out to their local garages for a grab bag of free and discounted maintenance services. Cards may be redeemed for multiple vehicles over the course of one year for services such as oil changes, safety inspections, and engine-light diagnoses. Those who move or create alter-egos over the course of the year can scan the locations page for participating garages in their new cities of residence to receive a complimentary maintenance bundle.