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 the standard brake service 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, factory maintenance services, batteries, belt replacement, and fluid services.
For more than 20 years, cars have lined up at Car Wash Palace to await a range of aesthetic services. The experienced staff of detailers runs autos through everything from basic washes to ultimate detail packages that rely on old-fashioned elbow grease to wax paint rather than the mechanical touch of a robot spilling melting candles on your hood.
At Tuffy's, motor-vehicle caregivers spruce up patrons' horseless carriages and prepare them for a new season of dutiful service. After installing a new oil filter, auto artisans remove the old sludgy glop clogging the car's arterial system and replace it with up to five quarts of 5W-30 or 5W-20 conventional motor oil (a $31.99 value; diesel or synthetic oil costs extra). The staff will also rotate tires to prepare four-wheeled wonders for safe gliding (a $12 value) and perform an inspection to make sure air-conditioning systems are functioning properly to bring riders to the brink of coolness faster than Fonzie’s leather jacket ($9.99). Finally, a pair of fresh wiper blades (up to 22")—grown locally by organic-blade farmers—supplants worn-out window-rubbers ($22) and a specialist conducts an extensive 41-point maintenance inspection.
Treat your ride to a quick oil swap, tire remix, and checkup at Expert Car Care, where all technicians in the garage are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence, a collective tasked with dividing the grease monkeys from the jungle-jumping expatriate monkeys who merely pose as mechanics. Expert's veteran technicians will quickly swap out your car's oily soul, then carefully reposition your tires, compensating for any uneven wear caused by vehicle weight distribution and ever-shifting road conditions. Before your sweet stallion gets a lolli for good behavior, the experts will comb over 50 specific points for any reasons to deny them the sugary taste of road-safe praise.
As auto owners initiate custom scrub-downs in Xtreme Kleen Car Wash's five self-service bays, roadsters surrender to three levels of five-minute mechanical washing in one of two automatic bays. The Super Basic wash, Ultimate wash, and Xtreme wash all commence with a presoak that blasts away bug residue and dust-doodled composite sketches of impolite hitchhikers before machines scrub undercarriages and exteriors to a dry, spot-free shine. An Ultimate wash adds in hot wax and a double pass of blow-drying, and Xtreme washes run the full gamut of amenities, including a triple-foam wax conditioner and a sheer coat of protection against attacks from the elements or disgruntled former chauffeurs who were displaced by cruise control.
A blue awning stretches over the pavement at Lake Mary Car Wash, where skilled hands polish and shine road-weathered chrome. Technicians combine more than a decade of experience with efficient, modern equipment. Moving beyond minor grime, they use paintless dent-removal and intensive detail services to suture any wound a car may have incurred from rush-hour dust-ups or kamikaze shopping carts. Window-tinting treatments up the cool factor on newly cleaned autos, and onsite oil changes keep things running below the surface.