With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Tire & Auto has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Jeep's and Zeigler Chevrolet Schaumburg's friendly car technicians treat vehicles to speedy, engine-sustaining services with an oil change and car wash. The oil change drains away old, abrasive oil and imbues autos with up to 5 quarts of new, innocent, standard multigrade oil. A new filter comes with the lube change, keeping essential engine parts slick, functional, and free of the unwanted embrace of impurities. Cleansing car washes rid vehicles of salt, grime, and lizard nests, protecting the automotive body from wear and tear.
A A C Auto Clinic's ASE-certified technicians work to keep drivers safely and smoothly rolling across American roadways. During an oil change, mechanics replace motors' used oil with up to 5 quarts of 10W-30 oil, quickly screwing in a new filter when the car's not paying attention. For those who choose the first option, a tire rotation switches wheels around so rubbery soles can take turns being in front and avoid uneven wear and tear. Technicians can also install a new set of wiper blades (up to 21" long), which help drivers see the road while driving through snow, sleet, or Rain Man posters. During the 30–45 minute service, the shop's play area distracts kids as well as adults who are still children at heart.
It all began with a 1998 BMW 328i. As lifelong car enthusiast Ivan Rajic learned how to care for his prized vehicle, he discovered that proper auto maintenance involves much more than a simple wash and wax. His research and experimentation with detailing products and techniques led him to found LUSTR Auto Detail in 2007. He emphasizes quality over quantity, spending up to a full day perfecting each vehicle from the inside out. Whether he is preparing a Ferrari for an auto show with concours-level services or treating a well-traveled minivan to a basic exterior detail, Rajic approaches each vehicle with care and respect. He employs only pH-balanced shampoos, nonacidic wheel cleaners, and soft-sheepskin wash mitts to leave cars clean enough to host high tea during rush hour.
Tyre Works Hoffman LLC’s mechanics keep cars running smoothly with a slew of repair and maintenance services. They can swap out oil, lubricants, filters, belts, hoses, and cooling systems for newer and more efficient components. They'll also address issues that keep cars off the road such as battery malfunctions, computer glitches, or engines that are actually just empty hamster wheels.
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.