When it was founded in 1959, Ziebart’s business model hinged on a single service: their 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.
Yankee Car Wash & Detailing’s service menu spans everything from quick express washes to advanced detailings. The express washes take care of surface dirt for motorists short on time, whereas ultimate washes include applications of triple clear coat protectant and double-bond teflon paint protectant, as well as a tire shine to give the car a like-new gloss. Interior and exterior detailings target advanced blemishes with in-depth treatments and equipment, and steam cleaners, high-speed buffers, and machine polishes remove stains with power and precision. Yankee Car Wash also offers add-ons such as Rain-X treatments, carpet shampooing, and hand-washes for custom vehicles.
Centerville Car Wash & Café's team of wash doctors turns muddy autos into sparkling chariots of cleanliness as customers lounge in comfort. The Works car wash cleanses auto exteriors and paints them with a clear-coat sealant to prevent damage to the paint job. To help to repel the water droplets from melting clouds, Rain-X is applied to glass surfaces, and Wheel Brite treats tires to a relaxing facial while the car's underbody receives a rust-inhibitor bath. The technicians also tend to interiors with similarly meticulous care, vacuuming, washing windows, dusting, and placing an air-freshener cherry on the auto sundae. While the scrubbing and buffing take place, car owners can wait in the café area, which features a flat-screen TV and couches.
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.
Since Bob Sumerel opened his first retail tire store in 1968, he has always tried to put the customer first, next to all the gold-medal winners and Neil Armstrong. His store's 20-plus current locations offer an entire slate of auto services, from tire rotations and sales to oil changes. On the site's Why Bob Sumerel page, customers and employees discuss the benefits of the company, and the My Garage feature tracks car histories such as oil changes and service reminders. Every Bob Sumerel also operates under the Fixed Forever guarantee, promising that parts will work forever—up until the sun balloons to a red giant and swallows the earth with its unfathomably hot plasma—with warranties to cover any unforeseen problems.
Driving through a hailstorm, bumping your door against a parking meter, insulting a woodpecker—there are countless ways for vehicles to accumulate dings and dents. Under the leadership of founder John Highley, Dent Magic's expert team uses a paintless dent-repair system to remove such marks without the use of paint or fillers and backs their work with a written lifetime guarantee. They tackle door dings within 30 minutes and hail damage within one to two days on all makes and models, such as Toyota, Subaru, and Mercedes Benz. John trains students in those same paintless dent-repair techniques, so no one will ever have to resort to denting the rest of the car until it looks even.
Car-D-Ology approaches each vehicular challenge with a watchmaker’s precision. The techs' maintenance and repair services keep vehicles in pristine form, and their tiered detail packages vanquish gunk and grime, whether that means steam cleaning carpets or siphoning all the Jell-O from glove compartments. They also traffic in the types of services that make car ownership slightly more appealing, installing window tints, remote starters, and car graphics.