From its humble beginnings as an automotive glass store in Warren, Simbol Auto Glass has mushroomed into five locations. At the pentafecta of silica shops, techs unholster Sika brand products to eradicate windshield chips, and can outright replace cracked windshields in about one hour, or seven dog-hours. To keep sunlight from fading interiors, Simbol tints windows with Smoke film, which can reduce 4%–68% of transmitted light. Technicians also enhance cars with remote starters, alarms, and satellite radio.
Frustrated by the water spots and numb fingers left behind when staffers towel-dried cars during cold Michigan winters, Classic Auto Wash invented a drying system of its own. Now adopted by other car washes across the country, the Hurricane Drying System blows damp cars with 165-horsepower winds at three million BTU, creating the perfect temperature to evaporate water droplets while affixing clay replicas of Jaguar ornaments to the hood. Before relaxing beneath the heat of the dryer, cars first roll through wash tunnel where nozzles spritz exteriors with Rain-X, rust inhibitors, and Teflon bonds during an array of washes. Ten self-serve vacuums stand ready to collect indoor detritus after each wash, and nearby mat-washing equipment ensures equally fresh footfalls.
With lube and service centers spread across America, Valvoline Instant Oil Change ensures that roads from coast to coast teem with automotive vigor. Certified technicians perform a roster of services, including quick in-and-out oil changes that allow motorists to arrive without an appointment and remain in their car while Valvoline oils forge a truce between metal parts.
Metro 25 Tire and Service's ASE-certified technicians maintain auto health with a bevy of repair and maintenance services and outfit rides with name-brand tires like Bridgestone and Firestone. An alignment ensures a vehicle's innards work in unison, decreasing stress and increasing gas mileage, transmission maintenance injects fresh fluids for silky smooth shifting, and a wheel-balance check prevents autos from vibrating like an empty jar of peanut butter resting on the skin of a timpani drum during an orchestral performance.
Originally founded in 1959 by Kurt Ziebart as Ziebart International Corp., Ziebart has morphed from an auto-rust-prevention outfit into a full-service auto accessory and detail shop that has cropped up at some 400 locations in 30 countries. Performing everything from window tinting and professional detailing to electronics installation, Ziebart's experienced staff cares for cars with high-end products, including seasonal paint protectant and the company’s renowned rust inhibitors. To protect cars inside and out, Ziebart technicians also install accouterments such as alarm systems to thwart thieves and sunroofs to thwart unflattering film negatives from processing correctly (services may vary by location).