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'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.
The experienced auto physicians at McClain's Car Doctor attend to domestic and imported autos with a wide variety of services to keep them road-ready and purring happily. Treating your street schooner to a 15-minute standard oil change allows it to slurp down up to five quarts of Napa Havoline oil, leaving it too full to graze on parking meters or tandem bicycles . McClain's diligent detectives examine each vehicle, popping the hoods and checking fluids, belts, and hoses for leaks. Highway stallions are hoisted into the air like graceful 2-ton ballerinas, allowing brakes and drivelines to undergo thorough inspections for suspicious activity. Vehicles that do not currently burn oil earn a 3,000-mile warranty and license to roam the open road.
Owner Shawn Martinez’s love affair with cars started with a simple brake service on his dad’s Cadillac. After jacking up the car and removing the wheels, Shawn’s father turned over the vehicle to his son, who proceeded to take things apart and put them back together at a leisurely pace. As he was teaching himself, Shawn forgot to bleed the brakes (a lesson his father quickly corrected) and since then has been tinkering with roadsters of all makes, models, colors, and complexities. Now an ASE-certified technician with 15 years of professional experience, he uses only Carquest- and NAPA-certified parts, and offers support to customers on fixed or limited incomes. Available services include preventative maintenance, tire rotations, and work on the steering, brakes, and suspension—a job normally performed by high-school principals when a student drives his car down the hallway instead of walking to third period like the rest of us.
At Lithia Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge of Anchorage a team of auto experts equips patrons with new and used vehicles from its namesake brands. Factory-trained technicians remain on-hand to perform maintenance services on all makes and models, keeping automobiles working like new so that drivers don?t have to buy a new car every time they hit a pothole. With a newly expanded 24-7 maintenance and detail service, the staff even works through the night to clean and maintain vehicles, allowing customers to drop off their cars and avoid waiting time. Lithia's lifetime oil and filter service lets drivers prepay for the oil they need over their car?s natural lifespan. Each oil change brings with it a multipoint inspection to ensure that headlamps, wiper blades, emergency breaks, and horns stay healthy and operational.
Ace Automotive's pea-green paint job guarantees customers will notice the shop as they cruise down the road, just as the ASE-certified technicians working inside guarantee a job well done each and every time. Inside, the crew handles all automotive needs, from changing, rotating, and repairing tires to draining sludgy oil from the engine and uncovering potential problems with computer diagnostics. They also roll out of the garage with tools in tow to deliver low-cost roadside repairs or motivational speeches for new drivers afraid to switch lanes. Ace Automotive keeps customers happy with guarantees on all of its repair and maintenance services.
Constantly fixing up used autos on the lot and emboldened by the omnipresent new-car smell, the dealership’s certified automotive professionals keep their wrenches oiled and their eagle eyes peeled, eager to restore cars of any stripe to roadworthiness. The cadre of mechanics pulls from 125 years of combined experience to repair ailing starters, haggard engines, and discourteous cup holders. Sedans, coupes, and SUVs confidently whir back into action after 27-point inspections that interrogate everything from tire wear and brakes to squeaky drive belts and misfiring spark plugs.