Bill Graham founded the first Graham Tire location in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1951, a time before dashboards blinked with digital readouts or engines buzzed with microchip brains. As cars have progressed, Graham Tire has kept pace. Still overseen by the Graham family, the current 22 locations employ ASE-certified mechanics who mend and maintain cars, trucks, SUVs, and farm equipment. Computerized engine analysis reveals rides’ performance levels and any problems, allowing the technicians to efficiently diagnose trouble without resorting to good mechanic, bad mechanic interrogations.
The ASE-certified technicians at O'Brien's Auto Repair, a NAPA AutoCare Center, use quality NAPA parts to keep vehicles healthy and happy. Cars guzzle up to 5 quarts of synthetic-blend 5W-30, 10W-30, or 5W-20 oil (full synthetic oil is available for an extra fee), which makes them slippery enough to outsmart most radar guns. Technicians also swap the gunk-filled filter for a newer, premium version.
Each year, Acura presents the Dealership of Distinction award to its best dealerships throughout the country. Acura of Johnston was one of the dealerships recognized in 2012. Its parking lot is lined with new and certified preowned vehicles, and its work bays bustle with trained auto technicians who perform maintenance and repair work such as oil changes and details. Acura of Johnston backs its repairs with a three-year, 50,000-mile warranty, which means drivers have a chance at the coveted Indy 500 three-peat.
Shade Tree Auto's ASE Blue Ribbon–certified technicians pamper road-weary rides with services ranging from oil changes to engine repair, and the company guarantees a two-year or 24,000-mile warranty. Road warriors seeking VIP treatment will benefit from Shade Tree's comprehensive package, which includes discounts on complete brake repair ($40 off) and computerized alignment (half off), as well as transmission and fuel-system flushes (both half off). Membership comes with three oil changes, tire rotation, wiper blades, pre-trip inspection, and a bottle of vintage bordeaux motor oil. VIP vehicles also get an A/C-system check and 10% off a wild card good for any provided service.