When Mike's Carwash first opened in 1948, it was one of only 18 carwash businesses in the United States. Today, the family-owned establishment keeps the 65-year-old tradition of gussying up automobiles alive at 42 locations throughout the Midwest. At each location, accommodating staffers stand by to assist customers during the cleaning process. Decked out in cartoon neckties, the cheerful team ushers cars into computer-controlled washers that eschew traditional gear-operated brushes and baseball bats in favor of controlled sprays and soft cloths. After the mixture of eight signature soaps de-grimes surfaces, 200-miles-per-hour gusts of hot air dry vehicles instantly. Mike's also offers specialty coats to give car exteriors and tires additional shine.
O'Brien Auto Center belongs to the service wing of the O'Brien family's well-established car-dealership enterprise, which started in 1933. Helping uphold the family's history of automotive expertise are the center's certified technicians, who handle an array of maintenance duties, including changing oil, rotating tires, and flushing transmissions. Moreover, they can realign wheels and remake the melted snowmen that keep all vehicles' air-conditioning units cold.
The GM-factory-certified technicians at Bill Estes Chevrolet spruce up all makes and models. Amid the hum of hydraulic lifts and electric wrenches, skilled mechanics perform all manner of maintenance tasks, from brake checks to flashy upgrades like headrest TVs and invisibility wax. Car owners can take advantage of local-shuttle services or chill out in a lounge area with WiFi, computers, and snacks.
The Butler Auto Group comprises dealerships and certified service centers for Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, Scion, and Kia cars. The network also includes a certified collision and bodywork center for Toyota and Scion vehicles that’s staffed by a team of technicians adept at rejuvenating cars to pre-accident condition.
John Searcy started his battery business out of the back of his truck in spring 1950. He opened an official storefront in 1952, naming it Interstate Battery System after the new network of interstate highways that was under construction across the country. Over the next 60 years, his company expanded to all 50 states, as well as Australia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. Each Interstate All Battery Center location—as well as the company's online database—houses an extensive selection of batteries for cars, electronics, household items, and computers. They also collect power sources for security systems, medical equipment, and other niche devices. Many of their batteries come with a 45-day satisfaction warranty, though it doesn’t cover batteries stolen by siblings to power their Game Boys.
The ASE-certified techs at Automotive Service Group (ASG) coddle cars with fresh oil, filters, and visual inspections. After draining dingy, contaminated oil, techs replenish automotive arteries with up to 5 quarts of Valvoline conventional oil. Mechanics also swap out clogged oil filters for fresh lube sieves. Roadweary wagons then have their tire pressure and fluid levels checked, and techs top off any skimping solutions before performing a visual inspection and lubing the chassis when applicable.