Empire Auto Detailers' skilled technicians strike fear into the scratchy, whirring brushes of automatic car washes everywhere. These dedicated detailing experts roam the DC area ready to perform fully loaded service packages that incorporate biodegradable carpet shampoos and steam cleaners, paint sealants that last from three months to one year, and waxes that leave cars with the sleek, wet look of a seal zooming down a Slip 'n' Slide. Ever ready to help autos in need, the technicians lend their careful hands to tint windows, install audio and alarm systems, and repair wheels and rims. Meanwhile, waiting customers can enjoy the shop's free Wi-Fi, watch cable on a flat-screen TV, and sip on complimentary coffee and tea.
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with professional brake services including a lifetime warranty on parts, labor and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, suspension repair, and belt replacement.
With America's Best Car Care Plan, ASE-certified technicians keep autos running smoothly by injecting car insides with up to 5 quarts of clean conventional oil (upgrades to synthetic require additional charges) and performing a host of auto-maintenance services. Brake inspections and adjustments grant drivers the peace of mind that cars are safe and equipped for inclement weather and duck-crossing signs that come out of nowhere. Two tire rotations ensure automotive equilibrium can find long-lasting balance and tire grooves wear evenly.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil-Change, which helps promote 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 helps prevent 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) service vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, technicians perform preventative services such as air-filtration, among others, as well as state emissions inspections. Jiffy Lube’s quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
Ekko’s Greek American Deli combines comfort food from both the Mediterranean and the United States, ladling keftedes—Greek meatballs—onto plates alongside specialty burgers. Run by Houston-born Jamal Malik and England-born Haroon Malik, the eatery serves tender gyros, chicken kebabs, and falafel enclosed in warm pitas, each designed by a chef with 20 years of experience cooking in Greek kitchens. Instead of noshing on traditional checkered flags to start their meal, patrons instead dive into appetizers of spinach-filled spanakopita or saganaki—cheese set on fire and then un-set on fire before being eaten.
Your Wash-N-Wax ($50 for most cars; $60 for trucks, SUVs, and mini-vans; $70 and $75 for larger vehicles) consists of wax application by hand and a basic hand wash, during which skilled sparkling gurus examine your vehicle's hull for filthy smudges and road backwash. Great care is taken to eliminate any drag-creating buildup that might slow down your land-train and inhibit it from making jumps through time. For increased tread cred, your tires are treated with a generous coating of Armor All wheel protectant. The inside of the vehicle is vacuumed, the dash is lightly wiped, and windows are given a clarity that's traditionally found only through extensive meditation sessions on snow-capped mountaintops.