At King Chevrolet Buick GMC, car buyers can browse from a selection of new and used vehicles. But those who already have cars can sidestep the showroom for the mechanics at the dealership's service department. There, the team tackles an array of maintenance and repair services, from basic oil changes to more comprehensive tasks such as servicing the power steering system so the car can steer itself again.
Mountainview Tire Factory began in 1984 as a network of independent tire dealers who teamed up to find better prices for their customers. Today, they supply a chain of independently owned locations across the Western U.S. with tires from brands such as Goodyear, Kelly, and Dunlop. At each location, ASE-certified technicians specialize in the installation of both tires and wheels, and outfit every tire purchase with a warranty that includes free flat repairs for the lifespan of the tire, free rotation, and an inspection. They also perform a wide slate of maintenance services—such as oil changes, brake servicing, and electrical work—to ensure cars are healthy enough to make the most of their new rubber running shoes.
Located in Sears stores or at adjacent offices, Sears Optical's independent optometrists screen peepers to determine accurate prescriptions and diagnose any health problems. As doctors position a refractive device over the eyes, flipping through lenses of varying strengths, patients describe the level of clarity with which they can see the purple zebra dancing in the far corner. In addition to the prescriptive exam, doctors may use eye drops to dilate the pupil to scrutinize the retina.
Best Western Transmission's ASE-certified mechanics keep autos running smoothly with their expeditious oil-changing service. During the 20-minute process, fully trained staffers gingerly lift vehicles on hydraulic lifts to drain grimy lubricant and tickle cars' sensitive underbellies with freshly cleaned dipsticks. A technician then funnels up to five quarts of motor oil into each car's thirsty reservoir, ensuring engine efficiency and low friction between its many moving parts. Autos are then subjected to a thorough 33-point inspection that, depending on the vehicle's make and condition, can take up to an hour. Technicians will examine filters, check fluid levels, and run the car through a gauntlet of diagnostic tests to determine the car's overall state of health and its propensity to honk at European-model cars.
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.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a can of vegetables, a bag of sliced bread, or a box of instant cake mix in The Backporch Cafe kitchen. The chefs are wary of the premade foods, bottled sauces, and magic beans found in grocery stores, preferring to whip up all their dishes from scratch. So they bake fresh apple pies, bran raisin muffins, and buttermilk biscuits each morning, along with from-scratch loaves of rye, wheat, and cheddar sourdough bread. As a yawning breakfast crowd begins to wander in, the chefs turn their attention to three-egg omelets, chorizo burritos, and lightly grilled french toast. Come lunchtime, they’ll layer housemade bread with house-smoked chicken, turkey, and ham before plating the sandwiches alongside handfuls of fries and scoops of potato salad.
Complementing all of this homestyle cooking is a beverage list that includes coffee, juice, bloody marys, screwdrivers, and Manmosas—orange juice mixed with Easy Street wheat beer from the nearby Odell Brewing Company. When the weather's nice, diners can lounge beneath magenta umbrellas on the patio.