Tyre Track Automotive Center's six-bay garage bustles with ASE-certified technicians rescuing ailing rides, shuttles running to and from local college campuses, and owner Tim Andrew amicably assisting both staffers and patrons. The hands-on owner has spent years in the auto industry, first manufacturing and selling tires before setting up his own wholesale supply shop more than two decades ago. Since then, Tyre Track Automotive Center has morphed into a full-service auto outfit that doles out routine maintenance services and repair work in addition to its ample stock of rubber wheels. During service appointments, Tim and his crew pull quality automotive products from the shelves, retooling vehicles with Valvoline motor oil, tires from Michelin, and Bosch wiper blades before sealing repair work with a kiss.
The ASE-certified technicians at Brake King help buggies of all makes and models prep for winter weather and recover from bumpy rides. During the 60-minute winterization package, mechanics thoroughly inspect vital components including thermostats, gaskets, and batteries and fill radiators with up to 2 gallons of fancy extended-life antifreeze. Experts also work to prevent uneven tread-wear by rotating all four tires and pumping them up with air or morale-boosting hip-checks. The 90-minute pothole-damage service combines an alignment, balance, rotation, and pressure-adjustment to re-sync steering wheels with their respective rollers, correcting the gait of steel steeds weary from roadway rumbles. Techs also prepare SUVs and 4x4s for rugged winter driving by changing differential fluids and refilling four-wheel-drive systems' transfer cases with hockey-player repellant. The 90-minute drivetrain treatment wraps up as specialists check to make sure rides' four-wheel drive function is working and free of leaks.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Signature Service oil-change package, which promotes 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 prevents moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube’s savants perform air-filtration, electricity, and windshield services, among others. The technicians’ 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.
Bradley Auto Wash expertly coaxes grime away from cars, turning dirty transporters into shiny motorized chariots. During the Platinum wash, a set of electronic eyes sizes up autos, measuring length, height, and level of filth with robotic precision and calculating the proper amount of soap, wax, and tranquilizer needed to subdue and clean cars. A soft-cloth system then safely cleans vehicular exteriors before stationary fans blow water away at 3,600 RPM. A triple-foam polish ensures that cars glisten like a greased-up bodybuilder, and an undercarriage wash and rust inhibitor blast away winter's clingy salt and head off corrosion. To help cars repel mud, rain, and malevolent fog sprites, Bradley Auto Wash applies a clear-coat protector before giving wheels their own pampering—including a hubcap polish, tire shine, and whitewall cleaning—leaving cars perfectly groomed and ready to impress neighbors and strike shame into the hearts of carjackers.
A family-owned company caring for cars since 1988, V & F and its certified auto maestros administer comprehensive services and repairs to keep horseless buggies ready for the road. In an up to 90-minute process, the staff performs a routine maintenance service. They begin by treating bedraggled motors to up to five quarts of thirst-quenching motor oil and topping off fluids such as antifreeze, windshield fluid, and yellow bile to balance out each car’s sensitive humors. The tire rotation ensures wear is distributed evenly, and brake inspection prepares cars for impromptu taco stops. The meticulous car physical also checks the status of belts, hoses, batteries, and more, ensuring extensive automotive safety.