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.
Secure in the Town Center complex's concrete embrace, Irving's Detailing Salon waits to share the love with any car that drives within waxing range. Drivers can search for Waldo in the center's shops and restaurants while the salon's automotive aestheticians get to work, beginning with a gentle hand wash. Ready to race across this soapy foundation is a fleet of detailing services that leave no floor mat or lifeless bug unturned. When customers return with full shopping bags and bellies, their cars will be waiting?clean and shiny.
Pickup and drop-off services are available within the Town Center's compounds. On weekends and holidays, Irving's crew offers mobile cleanings by appointment, traveling to your backyard or parking lot to scrub down boats and motorcycles or feed Jaguars a diet of hard wax shaped like unsuspecting antelope.
Freedom Wash operates three car wash facilities around Virginia, two of which are open 24/7. That means you never have to compromise your schedule in order to use one of the company's automatic car wash tunnels, self-service bays, vacuums, and other dirt-expunging tools. But regardless of when you visit, the company's tiered car wash services will allow you to customize your car's bath to its needs, whether it could benefit from rust inhibitor and RainX treatments, or just needs a basic sudsing, followed by a spot-free rinse. And, in addition to fragrance and air machines and carpet shampoos, each location also features rug beaters, which customers can use to help rid interior floors of dirt, pet hair, and any chocolates the car has been hoarding.
Designed to grant car owners access to exceptional maintenance while introducing them to new, reliable area businesses, the 757 VIP Card arms holders with more than $700 worth of vehicular services, none of which will ever expire. A series of seven oil changes performed by ASE-certified technicians include the draining of spent fluids, the funneling in of up to 5 quarts of clean oil, and the installation of a protective new filter, all of which keep engines humming like a forgetful Broadway singer. The card also treats cars to their next three Virginia-state inspections along with two tire rotations to rectify wobbly wheels. With the 757 VIP Card, car owners also earn supplementary discounts on services such as tune-ups, brake jobs, and tire work.
Protime Automotive In 1981, Protime Automotive owner Howard Forbes began a 25-year career in the automotive industry, snatching up distinctive titles such as ASE-certified master technician and Ford senior master technician on his mechanical spirit quest. He followed his dream of operating his own business and calibrated a team of certified technicians with auto acumen and an emphasis on customer service. Howard’s facility—an independently owned NAPA AutoCare Center that proudly wears the ASE logo—staffs techs who perform everything from maintenance to repairs and who stay trained in the latest automotive advances so they don't have to ask new models to summarize their owner’s manuals before getting to work.
Sean Holder of Virginia Photo Safari embarked on his career in photography in 1987, when he made a pinhole camera with his own two hands. Since that auspicious start, the self-motivated shutterbug has enjoyed a successful career working in more than 19 different countries, including the Philippines and Bangladesh. Along with executive director Barry Rowland—himself a three-decade veteran of the business—Holder leads individual and group safaris covering such topics as night photography, F-stops and shutter speeds, and capturing clear, close-up shots of nature.