Knollwood Tire Center's friendly mechanics have to holster a vast set of skills in their metaphorical tool belts. That's because they're expected to do it all, from routine oil changes and tire rotation to diagnosing electrical problems and repairing diesel engines. Installing and repairing tires is their calling card. With a deep stock of major brands on hand—including Michelin, Goodyear, and Yokohama—techs can meet the varied needs of both discerning customers and children demanding a specific brand of tire swing.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Signature Service Oil Change package, which promotes 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 prevents moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube's savants perform air-filtration, electricity, and windshield services, among others. The technicians' quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, only complete a service after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
The experts at VIP Auto Customs help car owners protect their vehicles from the scourge of thieves, the elements, and dull, boring hubcaps—and they’ve done so since 1993. VIP's high-quality 3M films reject incoming heat and decrease interior visibility, and its staffers can also install premium features like Avital keyless-entry systems to keep drivers in control of their vehicle from a distance. Technicians can equip roadsters with iridescent, brand-name rims or deck out trucks with new surround-sound speakers. VIP Auto Customs also offers Scotchgard paint-protection films for when you drive off with something on the roof of your car, such as coffee or another car.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Center's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
At Universal Service Station, friendly, knowledgeable technicians keep foreign and domestic vehicles of all types running smoothly and safely with diagnostic services and tune-ups as well as major overhauls and repairs. Drivers leave their cars, vans, trucks, and motorcycles in the care of skilled mechanics, who protect moving parts from wear with oil changes and help motorists avoid crashing through giant ice sculptures that are constantly being carried across the city’s streets with brake repair and replacement.
When cars leave Dr. Smog N Lube, they roll out with an engine full of new, clean oil and a clean bill of health from the state. Technicians bolster cars with regular- and synthetic-oil changes, tire rotations, and safety inspections that check 18 separate points. During state-emission inspections, the staff tests each car to make sure its smog output is below the legal limit and awards passing vehicles with a state-certified approval before sending them on their way to brag about it at the nearest gas pump.