A business has to have something special to survive for more than half a century. For Mr. Magic Car Wash, perhaps that thing is a signature blend of nine cleaning solutions that work together to cut through tough road grease and leave vehicles with a glimmering luster. Or perhaps it’s the business's attention to detail, manifested in its soft-cloth hand washes. Either way Mr. Magic has not only survived the passing decades and the end of the DeLorean, it has thrived and expanded, now boasting five Pittsburgh-area locations. Even when sending cars through the automated car-wash tunnel for a quick rinse, Mr. Magic keeps auto owners' interests in mind, spraying fiberglass surfaces with only fresh water and drying them to a spot-free shine with hot air. Extra services, such as underbody flushes and interior and exterior detailing, help enhance each wash, and coats of Magic Repel surface protectant deflect new smudges and wizard spells.
Big G Tire Pros' staff of technicians maintains horseless chariots and puts minds at ease with a variety of automotive services. A 30-minute conventional oil change swaps out each vehicle's weary lifeblood for up to six quarts of fresh, engine-lubricating ambrosia, while also changing basic filters. A 15-point inspection tasks the keen eyes of mechanics with checking key automotive systems, yielding insight into the condition of the transmission, hoses, hose clamps, and belts while also examining the air-conditioning, cooling, and charging systems. Coolant and wiper-fluid levels receive a professional scrutinizing, and oil-leak jailbreaks are completely halted. After analyzing the tire wear, preternaturally gifted technicians determine tire-pressure levels via esoteric soothsaying, and conclude the inspection by checking the shocks and lubricating squeaky door hinges.
The skilled car whisperers at Grease Monkey perform rejuvenating miracles on all areas of motorized horseless carriages. They'll gladly tackle a full-service oil change ($38 and up), radiator flushing ($90 and up), or automatic transmission servicing ($100 and up). The same professional care given to your car's inner workings carries over to its exterior. Relight a busted headlight or taillight ($10 and up), rotate a set of weary tires ($22), or clear the way for better windshield clearing with a wiper-swap (starting at $13 each).
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.
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.
Bethel Park Rapid Wash’s signature three-minute cleanings can leave any car less than 7-feet tall feeling fresh and sporting a renewed shine. After thorough instruction from Rapid Wash staff, drivers shift their cars to neutral and coast through the automated wash tunnel, where soft, downy cloth and Neo-Tex foam obliterate dirt with their firm but gentle touch. The Ultra Wash package includes a tickly undercarriage wash, targeted cleaning with a high-pressure hose, and a spot-free rinse, followed by a stint beneath 12 powerful, yet sensitive, dryers. Triple-foam wax and a coating of clear rain protectant keep bodies glossy, and a wheel washing and tire shine polishes car feet from spoke to tread.