Bob Sumerel Tire & Service Bob Sumerel opened his first shop in 1968 in an abandoned gasoline station. This business venture might have proved futile if Bob hadn't first revamped the dilapidated petrol dispensary into an attractive store brimming with tires for passenger cars and light trucks. He strategically set up shop in a high-traffic area, deducing that tires in motion are less likely to stay in motion as they wear out from overuse. Today, Bob's arsenal has grown from a few old gas stations to 26 locations manned by ASE-certified technicians, who skillfully nurture careworn tires with Bandag tire tread, refinish wheels and rims, and stay well-stocked with wheels for forklifts, earthmovers, and time-traveling Roman chariots. In addition to tire tweaking, the menu of services includes wheel alignments, brake overhauls, and shock repairs.
The automotive club AAA serves more than 52 million members nationwide. Although membership offers myriad benefits, AAAers benefit most from the peace of mind provided by the comprehensive roadside assistance program. On-site mechanical services are available almost anywhere in the United States for common car troubles such as flat tires, dead or murdered batteries, and creamed-corn-related engine troubles. Benefit highlights include free installation of spare tires, free battery boosts, free towing, and free fuel delivery (pay pump price for fuel). Classic members are also entitled to coverage for up to $50 in locksmith services and up to $500 for auto theft.
A grinning, toga-clad mascot hoists dinner entrees above his head on Funny Greek's illuminated outdoor sign, and pops out from a ship's steering wheel against the waves of the Aegean on the menu of Greek and American entrees. Soft, sliced pita bread envelopes beef tenderloin, chicken gyro meat, or crisp falafel topped with cucumber sauce and vegetables. The kitchen staff also prepares hot dogs with chili and cheese or Chicago style with hot peppers, tomatoes, and neon relish scooped from the jar by a gust of wind. Traditional Greek desserts, such as walnut, cinnamon, pecan, or chocolate-chip baklava, end meals on a sweet note.
At Tincher Auto Group, owners Maria and Eric Tincher's team of certified technicians help keep vehicles running smoothly. The full-service shop features an array of maintenance and repair services, including oil changes and air-conditioning tune-ups. While vehicles are on the mend, guests can lounge on the waiting room's leather couch, watch TV, or browse the web using the shop's complimentary WiFi.
Armed with their in-house line of cleaning products, Downey Company Protec's detailing technicians clean vehicles during in-shop and mobile detailing services. They fend off grime with hand washes and waxes, or execute the shop's signature treatments to fortify vehicles against hindrances including UV rays, corrosion, or carpet stains shaped like a disparaging driver's-ed instructor. While waiting for services, customers can nab bottles of Protec's products—car-wash concentrate, exterior gloss preserver, or spot remover—for at-home auto pampering.
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).