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.
New Ford models such as the Focus, Explorer, and Mustang gleam inside Tindol Ford Subaru’s showroom, complementing a selection that also includes used vehicles from Ford, Honda, BMW, and Cadillac. The customer-service-focused staffers help to pair up prospective buyers with cars that suit their lifestyles, explaining financing options rather than insisting everyone pay with sacks of Tonka trucks.
Meanwhile, certified technicians tend to road-worn cars in the onsite auto shop. They inspect and tune up autos, change oil, and swap dilapidated parts for factory-certified replacements. The techs can also tackle more rigorous tasks, repairing autos after major collisions or converting trucks into monster trucks by injecting them with an experimental serum.
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 Carolina Ford Dealers, highly trained motor medics upgrade the performance of inefficient engines with the Works Fuel Saver Package, which, according to EPA estimates, can lead to improved fuel economy for most vehicles. The Works Fuel Saver Package begins with a multipoint inspection, during which eagle-eyed vehicle vets scour belts, brakes, and hoses to spot trouble areas and chase out nests of feral mud flaps. Then, grimy engine lifeblood is cleansed with up to five quarts of Motorcraft Synthetic Blend Oil and a Motorcraft Oil Filter. Car caretakers also rotate tires and check air filters to ensure the engine breathes air untainted by lint, dust, or dander from the Wooly Mammoth living in the trunk. Finally, auto jockeys test the battery’s lifespan before topping off the car’s fluids and clasping it in a prolonged goodbye hug. Customers must use their first package by February 10, 2012, and the following two within a year of their initial use. As an added perk to this deal, customers that redeem in August will get a $10 rebate through FordOwner.com.
SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service first opened its doors more than 30 years ago, right around the time when corner gas stations began trading their garage bays for the wide aisles and refrigerators of a mini mart. With automotive service stations in decline, the first location in Metairie, Louisiana, stepped in to take care of car owners with simple lube jobs and general tune-ups. SpeeDee expanded to offer a full range of services including working on brakes, power steering, and transmissions, among other things. Locally owned franchises now service roadsters in 20 states, supplying drivers with ASE?certified technicians who pamper vehicles with 17-point oil changes and immunizations against rusty nails.
Technicians at Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care maintain inter-auto harmony with lubricating oil changes and safety inspections. During the 15- to 20-minute service, mechanics empty washed-up oils and DMV cheat sheets hidden in engines, and replace them with up to five quarts of slickening sauce, capping off the service by installing a new filter. Rubbery soles privy to the tire rotation slip out of their disks and trade places to lay the foundation for even tread wear, and Rain-X treatments glaze car window panes to keep them clear while driving through inclement weather and meatball fights. Mechanics then peruse the car's perimeter during a safety check, testing essential parts for safe, optimal driving conditions.