For more than 20 years, the certified technicians at Dekra Emission Check have done one thing and done it well: superfast Georgia-state vehicle-emissions tests. Although most patrons choose to stay in the car and alphabetize their eight-track collection during the typically five-minute inspection, many of the growing list of almost 30 Atlanta-area locations feature an indoor lounge for auto owners to kick back in. If a vehicle’s emissions exceed the regulated limit, the team advises drivers of their options and performs a free retest at a later date.
Since its creation in 1925, Dekra Emission Check’s umbrella company, Dekra, has grown to include more than 30,000 employees in 50 countries. In addition to having performed more than three million vehicle inspections in the United States, the larger business offers services such as expert appraisals, industrial product testing and certifications, and management-system certifications.
The technicians at Xtreme Detailing and Auto Spa outstrip automated car washes with detailing and wash services performed by hand. They eschew bucket water in favor of spray-foam guns that coat cars entirely, loosening dirt, debris, and shrink-rayed children still clinging to exteriors, before polishing paint without leaving behind swirls or oxidation. Besides washes and more in-depth detailing measures—such as clay bar treatments and carpet shampoos—the crew also restores headlights by resurfacing lenses to remove damaged areas. While their rides receive interior and exterior makeovers, guests can relax in Xtreme's waiting area , which comes equipped with free WiFi, a television, and a children's play area.
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.
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with the standard brake service including a lifetime warranty on parts, labor and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, factory maintenance services, batteries, belt replacement, and fluid services.
Christopher Lumpkin headed the detailing departments of Audi and Volkswagen dealerships before opening Complete Auto Detailing & Collision. Here, he provides cars with the same attentive service he gave to the dealership vehicles waiting for their turns in the show room. At Complete Auto Detailing’s facility, 20 bays hoist cars up for dent removal and wheel and upholstery repair performed by trained staff and specialized mechanics. The full detailing services include buffing, polishing, and shampooing to get cars looking as new as they did when they first rolled out of Henry Ford’s childhood science kit.