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.
Since 1987, the Auto Image crew has been equipping cars with upgrades for all makes and models. 3M window film tints windows to help block out unwanted UV rays and increase privacy better than trading in all of the blinds in your home for camouflage curtains. Professional cleaning crews offer various levels of auto detailing, which include services such as waxing, engine cleaning, and washing by hand. Technicians also install remote start systems, security alarms, and keyless entry systems from brands such as Viper and Avital. Custom audio and video installations draw from the shelves of top industry brands such as Alpine, JL Audio, and Pioneer, and their services range from hands-free Bluetooth integration to GPS navigation, custom speaker enclosures, and DVD receivers.
Brake-O-Rama began as one location in 1949 but now boasts 14 service centers speckled across the East Coast. Together these automotive hospitals work as a force, repairing and maintaining domestic and imported vehicles of virtually any make and model. Before sourcing spare parts from the company's private warehouses, Brake-O-Rama's ASE-certified technicians thoroughly analyze vehicles with advanced diagnostic technology that includes four-wheel computerized alignment systems, electron microscopes that scan for chipped paint finishes, and magnifying glasses ever in search for clues to Professor Plum's murder. Meanwhile, Firestone, Goodyear, and Michelin tires fill the supply closets, allowing the patrons to tighten their grip on the asphalt before a cross-country trip.