When Mike's Carwash first opened in 1948, it was one of only 18 carwash businesses in the United States. Today, the family-owned establishment keeps the 65-year-old tradition of gussying up automobiles alive at 42 locations throughout the Midwest. At each location, accommodating staffers stand by to assist customers during the cleaning process. Decked out in cartoon neckties, the cheerful team ushers cars into computer-controlled washers that eschew traditional gear-operated brushes and baseball bats in favor of controlled sprays and soft cloths. After the mixture of eight signature soaps de-grimes surfaces, 200-miles-per-hour gusts of hot air dry vehicles instantly. Mike's also offers specialty coats to give car exteriors and tires additional shine.
Armed with precise hand tools and knowledge of metal manipulation, the technicians at Indianapolis Dent Company perform paintless dent removals that erase unsightly dings while leaving the original factory finish untouched. They undo all manner of wear and damage, including windshield cracks, dings caused by errant hail, and phone numbers keyed into the hood by secret admirers with a lawless streak. In the spirit of keeping cars looking sharp, each repair also includes a free car wash.
At Indy Auto Spa, cars aren’t the only ones who get pampered. While autos are in the shop, patrons recline in Italian leather seats, sip complimentary coffee and bottled water, and enjoy free WiFi on loaner iPads. Meanwhile, cars receive detailing services that were ranked number one by The Indy A List voters in 2010 and 2011. At their two locations, technicians revamp cars inside and out, but also tint windows, design and install vehicle graphics, and cover cars in protective paint finishes that keep bugs from burrowing into their caramel centers.
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, 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 who 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 perform 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.
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