With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Tire & Auto has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
For more than 20 years, First Class Carpet Service's technicians, who hold Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, have resuscitated textiles throughout King County. Using powerful truck-mounted equipment, they take to task not only unkempt carpets, but also sullied tile, hardwood, marble, and concrete in homes and businesses alike. Their cleaning agent, a nontoxic blend, works with pretreatment sprays to help prevent carpet resoiling, even when floors are confronted with muddy rugby players looking to settle down for a nap. Outside of their flooring expertise, the technicians also offer pest-control solutions and upholstery cleaning.
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.
Just because you have wheels doesn’t mean you can travel. Recognizing that a busy schedule can be prohibitive to automobile upkeep, the skilled staff of ABC Detail hustles to each client’s home, office, or picturesque parking lot of choice to free jalopies of dirt and detritus inside and out. The team also caters to the needs of collector vehicles with customized detailing services and reassurances that they’re still their owner’s favorite.
The ASE-certified technicians at Auto Plus understand that an unexpected car malfunction can put a damper on a client's day. To ease car-created stresses, technicians begin services with upfront pricing and a free inspection for any auto brought in. The company's free shuttle service ferries clients to and from the repair center while their cars are busy with the technicians, and free loaner cars await drivers whose carriages need multiday extended work. Additionally, the shop carries a range of tires, holds Saturday hours for busy clients, offers local towing services, and translates favorite quotes into engine noises free of charge.
The professional detailing technicians at Route 38 Auto Wash & Detail augment their cleansing handiwork with an all-star lineup of brand-name products, including Meguiar's wax, Lexol leather conditioner, and Armor All rust inhibitor. They reach for these products, along with doses of Simoniz tire shine and Rain-X, during interior and exterior detailing sessions, which give cars a shinier shell that is less likely to be thrown back into the sea. The facility features a full-service car wash tunnel and an array of à la carte services, including carpet shampooing, hand washes, and paintless dent removal.