A1 Auto Temecula's noble acts of vehicular upkeep earned it the title of Best Auto Service and Repair Facility in the Riverside County Press-Enterprise's 2010 Annual Readers' Choice poll. During two oil changes, A1's mechanics drain depleted auto life essence before re-revving engines with a new filter and up to 6 quarts of conventional motor oil. This treatment works for any car, SUV, or Popemobile that takes regular oil, but synthetic oil incurs an additional charge.
The team of trusty mechanics at Meineke Car Care Center performs a slew of services seven days a week to keep autos running smoothly and efficiently. During the Preferred oil change, the shop's techs drain each motor-wagon's old, broken-down oil and replace it with 5 quarts of young, wide-eyed oil ready to undertake the task of protecting the car's hundreds of banging parts. Along with the oil change, the tires are rotated to prevent uneven wear, and the brakes receive a thorough inspection and a stern lecture. Prideful car owners can also up the ante by choosing the Supreme oil change, which includes the Preferred services plus a tire balancing. Customers can generally expect a clean 30–40 minutes of relaxed waiting time while Meineke's experts do all the dirty work.
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, only complete a service after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
Signature service: Test-only smog check
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 30 minutes or less
Pro Tip: Appointments will reduce customer wait times, making smog checks not such a pain after all.
Big O Tires outfits wheels with tires from Michelin, Goodyear and other trusted brands–including their own Big O brand tires that are backed by a three-year warranty and a lifetime of rotations. The retailer has been in the road-ready rubber trade since 1962, when it began as a single co-op; over the past five decades, it has blossomed into a network of more than 480 locations, spanning 20 states. The shops’ ASE-certified technicians not only specialize in tires, but also tend autos with a comprehensive array of repair and maintenance services. They deftly change oil, replace brakes, and meticulously administer multi-point inspections, which ensure that headlights work and that wiper blades aren’t actually sleeping rattlesnakes.