Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Center's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
Blatt Tire & Auto Repair has been keeping cars in line since 1933 with tire sales and mechanical services and repairs. The shop stocks tires from Michelin, Goodyear, and Firestone, to name a few, and to ensure road safety and minimal wear, its staff of technicians performs computer spin balancing and tire rotations. The techs are also well versed in the inner workings of vehicles; they tend to a wide array of automotive needs, administering oil changes, servicing brakes, performing engine diagnostics, and translating auto manuals to Pig Latin.
Yash's Automotive has served as a repair shop for foreign and domestic vehicles for more than 20 years. Its experienced technicians tackle imperfections on both the inside and the outside of cars. They can conduct oil changes, engine repairs, and mechanical services for components than run from the tires up to the cowlick on your hood ornament. There's also a full slate of detailing services—drop off your car for two-step polishing, hot water carpet extractions, and machine waxing to make sure it looks and runs like it just came from the dealership.
When the family-owned Weikel's Auto Repair opened in 1994, its ASE-certified technicians inspected cars in a cozy three-bay shop. As demand for their expertise grew, so did their need for space, machinery, and equipment. These days, in a roomier shop, ASE-certified master technician Steve Weikel and his team administer extensive services for all automotive systems and car makes, including hybrids. The crew aligns wheels and tires, ensures electrical wiring functions properly, and replaces brake pads and hoses, keeping any flowers growing on the driver's side properly watered. Weikel's crew also performs state safety and emissions inspections, outfits vehicles with Michelin or Bridgestone tires, and assists broken-down cars with 24/7 towing.
The family behind Paul’s Electronics draws on more than two decades of automotive experience to service, update, and enhance customers’ rides. Wielding products from some of the most recognized brands in the industry, such as Alpine, Viper, Pioneer, and Clarion, the team tricks out cars with custom audio systems, iPod integration, and GPS-navigation installation. Key fobs from Paul’s come padded with features such as alarms, keyless entry, and remote-starter mechanisms, which let drivers warm up cars in the winter or cool them down after a dragon attack. The team’s expertise extends beyond electronics into the realm of rims and tires, window tinting, and paintless dent removal, services they exact upon makes of all kind from manufacturers such as Hummer, Dodge, Infiniti, and Jaguar.
Behind Excel Motors' rows of shiny preowned vehicles, mechanics tinker under their iconic ASE-certification shoulder patches, their hands sowing the hard work necessary to harvest peak mileage from engines of all sorts. Quarts of high-quality oil await their chance to flow alongside thirsty car metals, and bays securely hoist autos into the air so techs can service them, inspect various parts for safety, or rotate tires. Meanwhile, customers can peruse the lots for a new domestic or imported car and take a look at each vehicle's Carfax report to see its prior life, accident history, and ability to snuggle with weather tarps.
Drawing on a 50-year history in the auto-maintenance industry, Castrol Premium Lube Express assembles a knowledgeable staff that nurtures vehicles seven days a week, without requiring scheduled appointments. Techs ensure that transports run efficiently and safely through a full gamut of services, such as belt replacements, tire rotations, and fuel-system maintenance. As a reward to loyal customers, techs supply rides with complimentary top-offs of motor oil and other vital fluids between visits for up to 3,000 miles after every oil change. They also demonstrate their devotion to automotive care by washing and detailing soiled chariots in a giant, onsite bathtub.