Soap, wax, and vacuums fly into action at Fred’s Car Wash, tackling the layers of grime and salt that cling to cars and trucks. Fred’s has been fighting the battle against dirt for more than three decades, watching as the jalopies of yore gave way to the hovercrafts of today, which the car wash’s experts pamper with four levels of express or full washes. This range of services lets clients decide whether their autos need a basic showering and hand drying, or if they could benefit from coats of foam protectant and Rain-X products. The car wash’s technicians also perform detail services, rejuvenating vehicular interiors with leather cleaner and vacuums or shining hulls with paste wax until hoods reflect the clouds and pterodactyls soaring above them.
From their three locations, the auto mavens at Platinum Car Wash & Oil employ advanced water-reclamation systems and power-conscious equipment during cleaning and maintenance services. The facility's full-service car-wash tunnels spray paint jobs with Simoniz soaps, waxes, and foams before staff members dab rides with microfiber towels. They continue hands-on touch during signature or 20-minute express detailing sessions that unfold as auto owners explore the waiting area's magazines, complimentary WiFi, or leather couch cushions.
Opposed to using recycled or reprocessed oils, the crew spurs pistons with Mobil oil and complimentary top-offs between services. They also help boost car with lube services, such as transmission drains, tire rotations, and VPS fuel-rail services that dislodge harmful debris and misplaced CDs from fuel- and air-intake systems.
All three of SAF-T Auto Center's locations are staffed by ASE-certified technicians who utilize the latest technology to service and repair cars, trucks, and vans. The techs bolster cars' vitals with a range of services from small maintenance tasks, such as oil changes and tire rotations, to heavy-duty operations like engine replacements. As a state-certified emissions center, the 30-year-old company also stamps its approval on cars whose output meets the legal requirements, and as a Napa AutoCare center, it backs its work with the Napa Peace of Mind Warranty, which covers parts and service for 12 months or 12,000 miles and can be redeemed at more than 13,000 participating centers across the country. To further customer satisfaction, SAF-T Auto Center offers comfortable waiting rooms as well as a free shuttle that can transport customers to work or take them on a tour of the company’s air-freshener farm.
Modern Tire & Auto Service, which topped the 2010 reader's polls at the Hartford Advocate and Hartford Magazine, speedily lubricates cranky car engines. In about 30 minutes (time varies by vehicle and height of the sun), the experts at Modern Tire & Auto Service can replace dirty oil and filters and grease a car's crucial moving parts. No appointment is necessary, as Modern Tire's locations are equipped to provide drive-thru service, where the driver can keep driving as mechanics attach themselves to the car with climbing rope in order to perform the service.
Richard Chevrolet’s factory-trained technicians care for vehicles of all makes and models. Essential for keeping engines from fusing into a solid, cherry-red block of metal, the half-hour procedure drains away the old, impurity-laden oil and extracts the nefariously filthy used filter. Following installation of a new oil filter, technicians infuse the engine with up to five quarts of standard, diplomatic lubricant, keeping internal engine parts from wearing each other out with friction and constant bickering. Additional charges apply for additional quarts and synthetic oil. A complimentary multipoint inspection helps keep cars up to code and includes a top-off for any of the various system fluids running low, a lubing of hinges, chassis, and suspension, and a Hot Wheels lollipop for vehicles that behaved themselves during service.