The skilled car whisperers at Grease Monkey perform rejuvenating miracles on all areas of motorized horseless carriages. They'll gladly tackle a full-service oil change ($38 and up), radiator flushing ($90 and up), or automatic transmission servicing ($100 and up). The same professional care given to your car's inner workings carries over to its exterior. Relight a busted headlight or taillight ($10 and up), rotate a set of weary tires ($22), or clear the way for better windshield clearing with a wiper-swap (starting at $13 each).
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.
At LaserWash TouchFree CarWash, attendants don't soap up your car?instead, the cleans are administered by scrupulous touch-free automatic bays, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Drivers simply drive inside and follow easy-to-read signs to receive their mechanized pressure washes, which include an underbody spray, a clear coat protectant, and biodegradable soaps and waxes.
Bethel Park Rapid Wash’s signature three-minute cleanings can leave any car less than 7-feet tall feeling fresh and sporting a renewed shine. After thorough instruction from Rapid Wash staff, drivers shift their cars to neutral and coast through the automated wash tunnel, where soft, downy cloth and Neo-Tex foam obliterate dirt with their firm but gentle touch. The Ultra Wash package includes a tickly undercarriage wash, targeted cleaning with a high-pressure hose, and a spot-free rinse, followed by a stint beneath 12 powerful, yet sensitive, dryers. Triple-foam wax and a coating of clear rain protectant keep bodies glossy, and a wheel washing and tire shine polishes car feet from spoke to tread.
At JMJ Automotive and Express Lube, a knowledgeable staff ensures that transports run efficiently and safely through a full gamut of services. On top of state inspections, the full-service, family-owned shop performs tire rotations, fuel-system maintenance, and intricate repairs, and top off each and every oil change with a complimentary vacuuming.
Perseverance pays off. Waterfront Auto Complex, like many other family-run businesses, struggled to maintain its footing after the closing of Homestead Steel Works. Their approach? After nearly four decades in service, they decided it was time for an upgrade. The team added a window-tint and detail shop to their automatic car wash and, after an uptick in business, a full-service Quaker State oil change. Waterfront now looks forward to many more years of servicing cars, SUVs, and, eventually, hovercrafts. “I really see an opportunity for growth in the Homestead area, not just for the waterfront, but all of the businesses and neighborhoods," says James A. Laux, president of the company’s corporate parent. "I'm not the only one making an investment in this community. As more people see the opportunity, the Mon Valley will do nothing but grow!”