Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Auto Repair's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in show-room condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, and tire rotations.
Surprisingly enough, it's not how a car looks that will betray whether or not it needs to be waxed—it's how it sounds. If it squeaks when you run a clean, dry terry cloth over the hood, that's a sure sign it needs a fresh coat. This is the kind of expert advice the Ducky's Car Wash team has accrued across 20 years spent caring for vehicles all around San Francisco. And it's not just cars they care for, they also keep an eye out for the environment by reclaiming, filtering, and reusing around 80% of their water. And, they also collect all the runoff from the biodegradable cleaners and waxes they use into their own underground tanks for eco-friendly disposal.
Further more, those cleaners and waxes are measured precisely using computerized equipment, a process designed to minimize waste during Ducky's soft-cloth washes. Technicians also perform an extensive selection of detailing services, including conditioning leather seats, removing oxidation from exteriors, and shampooing carpets, floor mats, and back seat bear skin rugs.
A state-certified emissions tester, Menlo Park Star Smog Station keeps cars compliant with eco-friendly limits in a simple process that takes approximately 20 minutes. While owners wait or use the time to communicate with their car telepathically, the technicians inspect and fix the exhaust system to keep it from spewing out pollutants at prohibited levels. The process works wonders for all vehicles, including older cars, newly acquired rides, and those running on diesel.
At M & R Automotive, a team of ASE-certified-and-licensed repair mechanics and smog technicians works to keep cars running smoothly and in-line with emissions standards. Their services include oil changes, tune-ups, and engine diagnostics, as well as State of California–licensed and STAR-certified smog inspections and repair.
All Tune and Lube reaches out to cars with promises of tender loving maintenance and woos waiting drivers with the gift of free WiFi. In the garage's work bays, tools guided by skilled hands deal with everything from basic oil and lube services to in-depth engine and transmission work. All Tune and Lube's shock and strut replacement help forge a stronger symbiosis between wheels and pavement, and brake and electrical diagnostic services help keep both lone-ranging cars and massive company fleets humming melodiously. Headlight restoration focuses on improving visibility at night and improving the look of a vehicle by removing the hazer layer from the outer surface of the headlights. When not focused on automotive performance, staff members offer fuel-economy advice and maintenance tips.
The two ASE-certified mechanics at MPG Auto Service have gone to great lengths to turn their garage into a viable alternative to pricy dealership repair shops. The owner has achieved the title of Toyota certified master technician and has slain the diesel-powered dragon needed to earn his certificate as a Toyota hybrid-system-qualified mechanic. The team also knows its way around the engines of Fords, Porsches, Volkswagens, and more than 25 other foreign and domestic makes. They put their knowledge to work performing California smog and emissions testing, exhaust-system and electrical repairs, and routine engine maintenance. The shop maintains a user-friendly vibe, encouraging potential patrons to drop in with questions about their limping or coughing automobiles.