From 1927 until 2009, the Piper Aircraft company produced 144,000 airplanes. Of those, 90,000 are still flying. One is a 1978 single-engine Saratoga that can often be seen soaring over the hills and lakes of the Texas landscape.
Inside that Saratoga, the Air Tours Texas pilots lead up to five passengers on scenic tours and adventures, sharing scenic aerial views of Lake Travis, Canyon Lake, Austin, San Antonio, and Enchanted Rock with their awestruck human cargo. The group of pilots also offers sunset flights, stunningly romantic marriage-proposal flights, and copilot experiences that introduce aspiring pilots to flight basics.
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.
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.
Kwik Kar of Buda is owned by the husband-and-wife team of Reed and Nora Shoemaker, and their familial connection shows in the warmth of their business. For instance, between oil changes customers are welcome to stop by for a free fluid check or top-off, free vacuum, or free window wash. Then there's always hot coffee, also complimentary. But when it comes to auto services, the Shoemakers are professional and attuned to the needs of each vehicle. Trained technicians offer many services to keep cars on the road rather than beneath a tarp or at the bottom of a tar pit—oil changes, transmission services, radiator services, and tire rotations, as well as 16-point packages that render cars well-oiled, inspected for safety, and cleaned on the inside and out.
Anthony D. Chavira opened ATX Imperial Auto Glass to correct the shortcomings he saw in other auto-glass businesses. Prioritizing customer relationships over sales, Anthony has managed to spread his brand of service across eight shops where technicians endure rigorous training to earn certifications from Delta Kits, the National Glass Association, and the National Windshield Repair Association. After they’ve mended glass wounds such as rock chips and cracks or replaced entire panes, the crew caps off each service by vacuuming interiors, washing windows, and burning busted glass on a pyre.
Signature service: General repairs, preventive maintenance
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Brands Used: Valvoline, Mobli 1, AC Delco, NGK, Motorcraft, Moog, KYB
Pro Tip: Our staff is dedicated to providing fast friendly service, to both you and your vehicle.