In 1987, the Dayton Daily News briefly outlined the life of Charles L. Marshall, the then 86-year-old president and owner of Grismer Tire. Though the article appeared a quarter of a century ago, it still captured 55 years worth of history at Grismer, from its purchase during “the dark days” of the Great Depression—thanks to Marshall’s winning personality and a banker’s $13,000 loan—to its transformation into one of the most successful auto centers in Ohio.
Today, at each of its 22 locations scattered across Southern Ohio, ASE-certified technicians continue to dispense the top-notch service that made the garage famous. They drain and replenish oil, align wheels, and fix busted transmissions and cooling systems. Equipped with nine brands of tires, including Michelin, Bridgestone, and BF Goodrich, the team outfits rides of all makes and models with brand-new rollers, allowing them to zip down highways or blend in at parades with ease.
When you're on a tight schedule, the last thing you want to do is spend time trying to find a parking spot. This is especially true when you have a flight to catch, which is why the team members at Park-N-Go Airport Parking make getting to your terminal as easy as possible. They offer both valet and self-service parking in their well-lit lot, with gates open and monitored 24 hours a day so clients know they and their cars are safe at all hours. Once cars are parked, staff helps clients carry their bags to the shuttle, which delivers fliers safely to Dayton International Airport in four minutes. The staff also can complete optional services to keep cars in prime condition while clients are away, such as changing oil, washing exteriors, or fully detailing vehicles. Clients who opt for the valet service even have their car prepared for their arrival, with attendants ensuring their ride is free of morning breath and the perfect temperature for the ride home.
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.
As a local and family-owned garage helmed by an ASE-certified master technician, Waite’s Automotive delivers top-quality auto care alongside friendly and helpful customer service. Skilled technicians put cars of all makes and models through the ringer, treating them to standard maintenance services such as swapping oil, tuning up engines, and preparing systems for winter weather and spring leprechauns. With the help of premier diagnostic equipment, the team sleuths out and repairs vehicular problems and ensures each and every job is done correctly the first time around. The garage also vends and installs most major tire brands, including Dunlop and Goodyear.
For half a century, cars in need of help have steered their owners toward AAMCO. Technicians stand ready to leap into action, caring for transmissions, performing all-over tune-ups, and swapping out old oil or Kool-Aid for new, sugar-free oil. For nearly every service, the techs perform a 36-point inspection designed to prevent premature pit stops. They also keep an eye on the check-engine lights, providing proper care and attention for no additional fee, and fortify select services with nationwide warranties.
When it was founded in 1959, Ziebart’s business model hinged on a single service: its innovative rust-prevention procedure. However, the chain has diversified its auto treatments throughout the last five decades. Though the team of certified technicians continues to safeguard vehicles against corrosion, they also protect paint jobs with Z-Shield and Diamond Gloss coatings and render interior fabrics stain-resistant with their house Ultra Fabric Protector formula. They clean and disinfect ride interiors, and hand-wash and machine polish exteriors to a sparkling shine. Beyond up-keeping vehicles, they stock an arsenal of car electronics that run the gamut from remote car starters to in-dash navigation systems, which can help drivers find their way back home without relying on a trail of breadcrumbs.