Innovative Automotive specializes in the careful coddling of cars and light trucks while maintaining stellar standards of customer service. An under-hood expert fills engines with up to 5 fresh quarts of house-brand oil, which pistons describe as a dark burgundy with notes of oak and strawberry and technicians replace oil filters, lube the chassis, and—if necessary—top off fluids. The air-conditioning service entails a check of the climate control’s system pressure, component function, interior temperature, and flow across the condenser, with an added inspection of the entire A/C system for leaks. During a brake job, horseless-carriage whisperers turn rotors, replace brake pads, and clean and adjust all brake hardware. All the services take between one and two hours and leave the most mobile member of your family ready to best your neighbor's unicycle in a wheelie contest.
Though window tinting was Alta Mere's primary service when it first opened in 1987, the business has since emerged as a nationwide authority on a gamut of automotive-electronics services. At each independently owned outpost, a skilled staff of technicians uses computers to cut and tailor window films to fit snugly against glass, thereby preventing hot temperatures and an influx of curious tourists from reaching automotive interiors. Additionally, installers elevate vehicular creature comforts with audio and video entertainment, security systems, remote starters, and GPS navigation technology.
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.