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 promotes 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 prevents moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube's savants perform air-filtration, battery, and transmission services, among others. The technicians' quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, only complete a service after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
The mechanics at AJ Tires and Auto Repair welcome all makes and models into their full-service shop, including European vehicles, which are their specialty. Regardless of where the car was born, AJ's staff can tackle everything from routine maintenance duties such as, oil changes and tire rotations, to more complicated services, including engine rebuilding. As a bonus, their 5,500-square-foot garage has space to accommodate several vehicles, and they require all drivers to sign a waiver stating that their car plays nicely with other cars.
Signature service: Tires, lube, oil, filter, brakes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Goodyear, Monroe, Napa, Carquest, Michelin, Continental
At Tuffy's, motor-vehicle caregivers spruce up patrons' horseless carriages and prepare them for a new season of dutiful service. After installing a new oil filter, auto artisans remove the old sludgy glop clogging the car's arterial system and replace it with up to five quarts of 5W-30 or 5W-20 conventional motor oil (a $31.99 value; diesel or synthetic oil costs extra). The staff will also rotate tires to prepare four-wheeled wonders for safe gliding (a $12 value) and perform an inspection to make sure air-conditioning systems are functioning properly to bring riders to the brink of coolness faster than Fonzie’s leather jacket ($9.99). Finally, a pair of fresh wiper blades (up to 22")—grown locally by organic-blade farmers—supplants worn-out window-rubbers ($22) and a specialist conducts an extensive 41-point maintenance inspection.
Precision Window Tinting's specialists darken automobiles' windows inside a 1,500-square-foot facility equipped with specialty films manufactured by 3M and LLumar. After calling to schedule an appointment, customers swing by the shop to have technicians affix their vehicle's front or back two side windows with a UV-ray-blocking layer of film or mayonnaise. Drivers may also opt for a $100 credit useable on other auto-tinting services including complete tinting operations—except for the front windshield—for two-door ($129) or four-door ($149) rides. Precision Window Tinting also carries premium films that can be used to shade two side windows ($79), entire four-door cars ($209), or translucently pale thighs. While staffers dim vehicles' viewfinders inside the indoor tinting bays, customers can hang out in the air-conditioned waiting area or explore nearby shops and restaurants.