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.
All Seasons Window Tint shields automobile interiors by coating windows in protective Apollo and LLumar films. Technicians darken panes in house, or travel to customers’ locations to apply window films in the privacy of a garage or drive-in living room. The tints help keep excessive sunlight from passing through windows, thereby lowering energy costs and shielding ice sculptures riding shotgun.
A sort of automotive medspa, Splash N Dash Car Wash & Lube emphasizes cosmetics as well as functionality. Vehicles go from grimy to glowing by way of clear coat, tri-foams, and Blue Coral waxes that rain down from the automated wash tunnels. Detailers are on hand to provide a more advanced cleaning, should clients want the insides and exteriors to look like they did when they first emerged from Henry Ford's thought bubble. As far as performance goes, Splash N Dash also keeps mechanics onsite to make sure automobiles run as well as they look, conducting services such as oil changes and transmission flushes. But it isn't just the cars that get treated well. Customers are invited to sink into leather couches in the lounge and watch TV while their cars undergo cleaning and care.
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with professional brake services including brake-line repair and replacement, ABS diagnosis and repair, and adjustments that come with a lifetime warranty on parts, labor, and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, suspension repair, and belt replacement.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
My Detail Guys’ technicians roam Arlington and the surrounding area, cleaning vehicles at their owners’ homes and workplaces. Their detail-oriented hand washes leave exteriors sparkling clean, and their vacuuming and upholstery shampooing strip grime from interiors. To these basics they add services such as high-speed polishes, carnauba waxes, vinyl cleaning, leather conditioning, and paint sealant—which protects the finish from the elements. In addition to cars, they detail boats, RVs, and any spacecraft with a pilot who can pay in dollars.