ASE-certified Precision Tune Auto Care helps vehicles of all sorts run smoothly by performing top-of-the-line maintenance and repair services. The vehicular spa day begins with a full-service oil change, where a team of talented techs pours up to 5 quarts of 5W-20 or 5W-30 oil into thirsty autos while decking out happily oil-drunk engines with brand-new filters. Tires bask in equally tender treatment during a rotation, which promotes even wear and tear and gives easily bored circular sightseers a new vantage point. Upon completion, an alignment check finds out if anything is needed to keep cars rolling in a straight line. Precision Tune Auto Care's professional vehicle pamperers also stabilize tires' rubbery moods by treating them to lifetime balancing until they bounce off to the big wheelhouse in the sky. A visual brake inspection assesses the stoppers' surfaces for resistance capabilities, unusual noises, or grinding tendencies.
For more than 25 years, USA Automotive and its ASE-certified mechanics have kept cars humming with skilled ratchet work. Like George Washington cleaning his closet, engine techs toss the car’s old oil out along with grimy powdered wigs before filling the engine to the brim with fresh synthetic-blend motor oil. The engine’s oil filter is also subject to the royal switcheroo, as the old filter is shipped off to a farm in the sky before a stork delivers a new gunk-sorting device. The third prong of the auto care pitchfork is USA Automotive’s North Carolina emission test, which certifies that each car meets state requirements. Additionally, all autos passing through the garage are treated to a complimentary chassis lube, tire pressure fixer-upper, and a 30-point inspection that tests a car’s ability to name every state in order of kumquat production. USA Automotive’s clean waiting area is lined with couches, chairs, free WiFi, and a television to offer a respite for toe-tappers and watch-checkers.
Once the logistics are squared away, Raleigh Rickshaw takes passengers on a tour of the City of Oaks via a pedal cab, or "rickshaw." Tours begin in front of the Raleigh City Museum on Fayetteville Street and last approximately one hour. During these 60 minutes, passengers will be pedaled through more than 200 years of history, as Raleigh Rickshaw's cabbies pull parties past a plethora of points of interest. Sights on the tour include the historic City Market, founded in 1914; "Grog Alley," the saloon-centric strip of town noted for its bar fights and gambling; and the birthplace of Andrew Johnson, the famous "Angry President." It's an informative introduction to North Carolina's capital city for out-of-towners, as well as an exciting new way for longtime residents to see the city where they live, work, and bake soufflés.
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 helps promote 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 helps prevent moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians—all of which have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)—service vehicles at Jiffy Lube. In addition to performing oil changes, technicians offer preventative services such as air-filtration and electrical-system maintenance, among others. Jiffy Lube’s quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
Nearly three decades have rolled by since Pro Tire Service opened for business. In that time, technology has advanced and cars have gotten smarter—but so have the shop's ASE-certified technicians. The automotive services they offer range from basic maintenance to heavy-duty stuff such as engine overhauls, transmission rebuilds, and journeys into the uncharted territory of on-board computers. Because the DOT now requires all cars to be shod, the technicians fit four-wheelers for tires from BFGoodrich, Michelin, and Uniroyal. And because it's no longer considered humane to turn old batteries into chew toys for teething T-1000s, they recycle them instead. The majority of what Pro Tire Service's people do is backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty, a result of their affiliation with Tech-Net Professional Auto Service.