Bob Sumerel Tire & Service Bob Sumerel opened his first shop in 1968 in an abandoned gasoline station. This business venture might have proved futile if Bob hadn't first revamped the dilapidated petrol dispensary into an attractive store brimming with tires for passenger cars and light trucks. He strategically set up shop in a high-traffic area, deducing that tires in motion are less likely to stay in motion as they wear out from overuse. Today, Bob's arsenal has grown from a few old gas stations to 26 locations manned by ASE-certified technicians, who skillfully nurture careworn tires with Bandag tire tread, refinish wheels and rims, and stay well-stocked with wheels for forklifts, earthmovers, and time-traveling Roman chariots. In addition to tire tweaking, the menu of services includes wheel alignments, brake overhauls, and shock repairs.
From humble beginnings as a coin-op car wash, AquaJet Express has blossomed into a network of 43 car-beautification centers since the opening of its first location in 1977. While its primary concern is the cleanliness of cars—a mission undertaken with soft cloths, environmentally friendly cleaning agents, and a gentle touch—its geographical growth has allowed the company to broaden its automotive purview. The ever-expanding team now includes a variety of maintenance specialists, who swap out spent oil and coolant or remove bodywork dents and unfortunate fender tattoos alongside their car-scrubbing coworkers. :m]]
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil-Change package, which helps promote 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 helps prevent moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians—all of which have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)—service vehicles at Jiffy Lube. In addition to performing oil changes, technicians offer preventative services such as air-filtration and electrical-system maintenance, among others. Jiffy Lube’s 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.
For passers-by, Anthony Arms is hard to miss, what with a sky-blue-camouflage tank sitting in its parking lot. Walking past the armored vehicle, visitors enter an 1,800-square-foot facility that houses many marksmanship amenities, including a climate-controlled, 16-lane pistol range rated for .22- to .50-caliber fire. Range officers supervise marksmen and lend their expertise during classes, including the NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation and private one-on-one training sessions. Anthony Arms’ expertise also extends to a pro shop where the staff intermingles its display of new and antique munitions with mounted game, including a trophy buck and a bear. Further services include an onsite gunsmith, as well as range memberships that extend amenities such as free range time and daily wake-up calls from Bruce Willis.
Lenhart's trained technicians treat motor mobiles to oil changes that minimize engine damage caused by heat and friction and maximize the affection cars have for their masters. Afterward, a 40-point inspection ensures that vehicles meet local safety standards before a wash and vacuum leaves interiors and exteriors dapper and debonair, inspiring tears of joy from eyes and headlights alike upon the inevitable reunion of owner and combustion chariot.
At LaserWash TouchFree CarWash, attendants don't soap up your car—instead, the cleans are administered by scrupulous touch-free automatic bays, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Drivers simply drive inside and follow easy-to-read signs to receive their mechanized pressure washes, which include an underbody spray, a clear coat protectant, and biodegradable soaps and waxes.