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 Car Care Center's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
Madrona Car Wash's facilities are both technologically advanced and environmentally friendly. That's because it's home to a McNeil Tunnel Wash, which cleanses vehicles with controlled high-pressure nozzles and pumps, then treats all water for reuse. The Tunnel makes use of Envirosoft Foam, a material that's so gentle that, unlike a hood ornament that's just a penknife tied to a roller skate, it will never scratch a car's surface. For an additional cost, technicians also detail and polish automobiles, boats, and motor homes.
Since 1988, Auto Care Super Saver has been helping car owners save cash with maintenance punch cards redeemable at local auto shops throughout the course of a full year. These cards come loaded with all kinds of prepaid services, including at least three full-service oil changes with up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a new filter. Depending on the location, punch cards may also feature tire rotations, brake inspections, engine-light readings, air-conditioning performance tests, and other repairs and inspections essential to a car's well-being. Customers can transfer the punch card's benefits to any ride, ranging from station wagons to sports cars to feral merry-go-round mounts.