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.
Though Vordeman Volkswagen's mechanics and technicians know how to care for cars of all kinds, their bread and butter is European and luxury cars. It’s not rare to find service bays occupied by Porsche 912s, BMW convertibles, and classics such as a 1977 Mercedes. Even the parking lot regularly fills up with VW Beetles for meetings of the Old Fort VW Club, and team members have been known to race their own Volkswagens in autocross competitions. Additionally, three team members are master certified by Volkswagen, a rare distinction earned after spending 65 eight-hour days learning the intricacies of maintenance.
In addition to doling out free flat repairs, alignment checks, and front-end, brake, and tire inspections, the ASE–certified mechanics at Patriot Tire & Auto head off or mend automotive malfunctions with preventive service and repairs. A nationwide limited warranty then covers some services for up to 12 months or 12,000 miles. True to its name, Patriot Tire & Auto also stocks name-brand tires trusted manufacturers including Michelin, Goodyear, and Bridgestone.
A 50-year family history of conscientious car care backs Fox & Fox's reputation for automotive excellence. The menu of motorized makeover services includes complex collision and maintenance work as well as subtler tune-ups. Rein in rambunctious free-spirited axles with a two-wheel alignment ($45.75) or a more sternly worded four-wheel alignment ($65.25). A premium vehicle inspection ($39) or rigorous prepurchase inspection ($60) sniffs out bum rides and lemons, while a standard oil change keeps your ride’s inner workings sliding smoother than an ice sculpture down a soapy bowling lane ($29.95).
A Grease Monkey full-service oil change is more than a simple oil infusion. Expert mechanics give your car a full physical, checking its respiratory system (air filter, breather element, and PCV valve), vision (windshield-wiper blades and exterior lights), and circulatory system (power-steering fluid, battery fluid, windshield fluid, transmission or transaxle fluid, differential fluid, and engine-coolant level). Your car's carpets will then be vacuumed and its exterior windows washed, leaving it cleaner and healthier than a bar of soap running on a treadmill. A tire rotation completes your car's transformation into a fully tuned wheelmobile.
During a standard oil change, McMahon Tire & Car Care’s certified mechanics will replace old, worn-out oil with fresh-faced young fluid, straight from lubricant college and ready to take on the heat, dust, and incredible pressures of today's high-octane internal-combustion world. To help new oil adjust to its new job of safeguarding precious moving parts, gaskets, and various shafts, a fresh oil filter is included. Filters are always replaced at the same time as the oil, ensuring that all of the contaminants from old oil are removed from your car's system. Used motor oil must be disposed of properly; the professionals at McMahon follow all disposal protocols to the letter.