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 5 quarts of Valvoline 5W-30 or 5W-20 conventional motor oil (a $26.99 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 make sure air-conditioning systems function properly to bring you 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.
At Mint Auto Detail, mobile-detailing teams travel to homes and businesses to vacuum and steam clean car cabins, hand wax auto bodies, and shine wheel wells. Techs can also pick up rides to ensure that customers without necessary electrical or water hookups will see their vehicle retrieved and returned with its coat shiny, its leather seats conditioned, and its homework done. In addition to treating interiors and exteriors to a thorough, checklist of services, technicians at Mint Auto Detailing attack special tasks such as pet odor and rust and paint removal.
Troy White's love of mobile electronics began in high school, and specifically in the front seat of his buddy's Ford Mustang, which was equipped with four Optimus 15s. Twenty-two years later, after several high-ranking jobs in the industry, Troy opened Untouchable Fabrication and Sound with friend Jon Beaty. The two mobile-electronics enthusiasts have opted for quality over quantity; rather than sell an endless supply of equipment, they've decided to feature only products they strongly believe in and think their customers will prefer. These include JVC's Arsenal line, Rockford Fosgate products, and amplifiers, speakers, and subwoofers from Arc Audio. In addition to car systems, they sell electronics for boats, including marine-grade stereo equipment that easily drowns out the songs of Sirens bent on luring your ship to the rocks.
Mechanics at Anything Automotive perform oil changes, transmission rebuilds, and systems servicing beneath one roof. Boasting ASE certification, they troubleshoot, maintain, and repair everything from the engine to the tires, and even replace broken windshields. As a show of their gratitude toward servicemen and women in challenging fields, Anything Automotive offers a 10% discount to former and current military, police, and fire personnel and teachers.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the 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, electricity, and windshield 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.
Interstate All Battery Center leads the charge in power outposts, providing lifelong Texans and reserve-power road trippers with brand-new batteries for their trucks, cell phones, computers, and more. With a vast storehouse of more than 16,000 products, Interstate carries batteries for nearly every brand of laptop and PC, as well as a bevy of automotive batteries to restore sedans, coupes, and station wagons after a long night of headlight staring contests. Household powerables are also available, including 24-packs of Energizer AAs for bulk buyers, an Energizer 9V alkaline battery for metronomes possessed by surprisingly funky eighth notes, and one case of Lite Brite fuel, distilled from corn syrup and Olympic silver medals. Old used batteries find comfy retirement at Interstate’s recycling center, allowing their former owners and well-meaning grandchildren to rest easy.