Telle Tire & Auto Service's friendly staff of ASE-trained technicians have been sprucing up wheelmobiles for more than 60 years. Let these auto experts replace worn-out oil with fresh fluid, give your wipers the rubber they need to clear off rain and katydid husks, and swap tires' positions so that they, unlike Nick Cage, go bald evenly. While waiting, relax on sumptuous circular black lounge chairs and come up with new theories about why the dinosaurs went extinct in Telle Tire's comfortable waiting room. An appointment is required.
At DentEx, auto technicians fix dents and assess necessary repairs through a meticulous, customer-centric process. They can replace everything from windshields and moldings to sheet metal parts and the soundtrack from Night Rider. Besides mending wounded buggies, they also maintain them with thorough detailing packages, restoring them to a showroom appearance.
So established is Circle K Midwest that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.
At Skyview Carwash, robotic washers and old-fashioned elbow grease collide to restore cars to a showroom shine. Vehicles zip through the sudsy tunnel for a thorough exterior wash and rinse, including spritzes of Blue Coral undersealant and triple coat and helpings of Rain-X protectant. Once exteriors are clean and shiny, car-wash attendants groom interiors by vacuuming up dirt, clearing smudges from windows, and donating old pine-tree air fresheners to the deprived lumberjacks of the world.
Today's Groupon gets you a thorough interior and exterior standard detailing for $60 at Classic Car Studio (a $150 value). Classic Car Studio specializes in European luxury cars and impeccably restored American classics, so they know how to pamper your collectable Ford Taurus with the tender care most people reserve for friends, pets, and lonely mailmen. Please note: Your Groupon is for cars; extra charges for SUVs and vans will apply.Just then, Blondie Mondell came out of the bowling alley with a cotton-candy-pink sweater and an armload full of school homework. She was also late for singing practice. She gave him a once over, like the trouble he was.
Splish Splash Car Wash welcomes cars into its automatic wash tunnel for quick five-minute baths seven days a week. Once customers redeem their Groupon, a small tag will be placed on their windshield that allows them automatic entry into the wash every day, once a week, or whenever they want to reward their car for changing its own oil. During the ultimate wash, coats of triple-foam polish and LustraShield swarm the outer shell as tire cleaners blast earthy accouterments from the rubber. Applications of bug goo wrestle clingy critters off the exterior, and a procession of rising geysers unhinges grease, grime, and demoted bumper stickers from the undercarriage. Soap and residue dissipate after a spot-free rinse, which reveals an unscathed, glowing finish ready to face a touchless blow-dry that sweeps away remaining moisture droplets.
With more than 28 years of experience, Columbia Auto Repair owner Chuck Halpern lives by a simple mantra: get the job done right—the first time. His team of ASE-certified technicians keeps this in mind whenever they change oil, adjust brakes, or rebuild transmissions for all makes and models. Technicians also collaborate to cure errant alignment issues, de-bug difficult electronics, and perform state inspections to fend off the fine for noncompliance: one really gross wet willy.