When Sam Meineke set up shop in Houston in 1972, he focused on a single part of the car—the muffler. But over time, as his prototype picked up steam and raced across the country, he added more and more parts to the auto show. Today, his name graces more than 900 car-care centers throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, not to mention the ones in China, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, the Caribbean, and the Challenger Deep. Each outpost offers a lengthy list of maintenance and repair services and ASE-certified mechanics to make them happen. Besides keeping cars running smoothly and safely on all four of their hairless legs, the Meineke team supports Children's Miracle Network Hospitals by hosting the annual Tournament for Champions.
The ASE-certified technicians at Express Oil Change jump-start the approximately 10-minute oil change by quenching jalopy engine thirst with up to five quarts of conventional oil (with an additional charge for synthetic or bottled oils), replacing the filter, and lubricating the chassis. Skilled technicians also meticulously examine the steering, suspension, undercarriage, air filter, and fluid levels of each vehicle to ensure that there are no issues such as a malfunctioning headlight or an unfashionable belt. Wheels stolen from song-extolled buses are kept melodically turning with a tire rotation and balance, helping to promote even wear and tear on all rubber road donuts.
The technicians at Beckett’s Automotive Center are all ASE certified, yet their expertise is secondary to the humble, honest way they serve their customers. On Monday–Saturday, techs efficiently change oil, tune up engines, rotate tires, and offer repairs. They even rescue drivers from roadsides 24 hours a day with tow trucks or mend simple problems on the spot, such as serenading engines that only turn off after a lullaby.
At Scott's Auto Repair, teams of ASE-certified and factory-trained technicians keep vital modes of transportation humming with everything from routine oil and filter changes to engine repair and parts replacement. Led by the eponymous master technician Scott, the team of mechanics at Scott's Auto Repair call upon more than 40 years of experience to service and repair both domestic and foreign vehicles, including high-end European models. They can do so without voiding any warranties customers may have on their vehicles. Not content with merely dusting up everyday sedans, trucks, and vans, the wrench wielders at Scott's also customize hot rods, golf carts, and the rare rocket-booster-equipped parade float.