As Super-Lube's name suggests, its signature service is the oil change. Technicians at its more than 50 locations lubricate engines with up to five quarts of premium oil. The comprehensive service, which requires no appointment, also comes with a 20-point maintenance check, and a free fluid top-off between changes. The technicians' handiwork extends beyond oil changes, too?they can change radiator fluid, swap out fuel filters, and replace broken windshield wiper blades.
For 19 years, Marine-veteran owner Paul Kludac and the car buffs at Detail Kings have harnessed the restorative power of elbow grease during full-service, hands-on car-wash and detailing services. Whether locking in shine with Armor All applications, evicting paint-dulling contaminants with clay service, or hiding minor swirls with carnauba-wax massages, technicians remind outer shells to return to their show-room origins. Kludac personally inspects every one of the tens of thousands of automobiles that leave his facility every year, making sure that the sparkle in each vehicle shows off the staff's meticulous approach. This commitment to car cleaning know-how has not only made the shop a Business of the Year finalist by the Downers Grove and Woodridge Chamber of Commerce, but has also earned it celebrity clients, including Michael Jordan and all cars in Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp.
Delta Sonic Car Wash renews tarnished transportation with an innovative touchless car-wash system that automatically guides vehicles through a tunnel of high-pressure sprays and overhead buffing cloths. The hands-free wash massages mild lotions into paint jobs, leaving vehicles with sparkling, fingerprint-free finishes that are backed by a five-day guarantee. Detailing technicians do get their hands dirty as they make use of more than 100 hours of training to dote on vehicle interiors and exteriors with products from ValuGard, Aquapel, and Blue Coral. The team wields AOCA certification know-how when injecting engines with oil and devising rustproofing treatments that avoid drilling holes or covering corrosion in zit cream.
The ASE-certified technicians at Merlin 200,000 Mile Shop encourage cars to run smoothly for as long as possible with services designed to push autos past 100,000 miles of high-performance travel. They service rides with oil changes and cover brake, muffler, and tire services with Merlin's 200,000-mile warranty, which was first found written on a dipstick a king had pulled from a magic stone. Their Drive to 200,000 program even details a comprehensive service plan to get cars to that odometer milestone with regular mandatory and recommended maintenance plans. Though the technicians perform same-day services, they will happily shuttle clients to their home or workplace until they are ready to pick up their autos.
For more than 25 years, Major League Auto Spa's team of automotive experts has been cleansing carriages inside and out with soft-cloth washes and detailing services. The automated washer gently nudges cars along a track flanked by a gauntlet of soap-laden cloths to deliver cars from their grimy fate and encourage wolf whistles from passing buses. Armed with vacuums and a keen eye for crumbs and stowaway dust bunnies, interior detailing crews lavish upholstery and carpets with equal attentiveness. Cleaners also apply glossy wax finishes by hand and smooth away imperfections with orbital buffing machines as auto owners wait in the Internet-equipped lobby, surfing the web for new stuffed animals to suction to the windows.
Motorists can take a break from their driver's seats and decompress on the leather massage chair in Clark's Car Care's customer lounge while ASE-certified technicians reboot and repair their rides with mechanical acumen. The business, which has kept autos revving at peak performance levels for 12 years, welcomes domestic and Japanese vehicles into its garage with the skills and tools necessary to swap oils, perform scheduled maintenance, and remind jaded brake pads of their importance. In addition to keeping its customers happy with free drinks and popcorn, and a 36-month, 36,000-mile warranty, Clark's also spreads goodwill through contributions to local and national organizations such as the Naperville Public Library and the American Cancer Society.