For more than 85 years, the ASE-certified parts specialists at NAPA Auto Parts have recommended and supplied quality parts from their network of stores that has grown from one parts shop to 6,100 locations nationwide. The National Automotive Parts Association organizes its more than 400,000 tools, replacement parts, and accessories in a unique and intuitive inventory-control system that tracks down customer selections quicker than the Dewey Decimal System equipped with a fast-forward button. To skip the shipping, the online inventory system also lets customers reserve their parts for in-store pickup for immediate gratification and diminished wait times. Proud sponsor of Martin Truex Jr.'s #56 car, NAPA Auto Parts meets the automotive needs of drivers both professional and recreational.
John Schwartz, the owner of Perfectionist Auto Sound & Security, is running out of shelf space for all of his awards. With accolades such as one of Mobile Electronics Retailer of the Year award recipients, 2010-2011 Retailer of the Year award, and Best Car Customizer, the shop and its staff have perfected the art of whipping whips into stylish shape. Perfectionist’s services run the gamut from remote car-starter and audio-system installation to custom fabrications and lighting. An online gallery shows off some of the technicians’ best work.
Led by an owner with more than two decades of car-washing experience, A+ Appearance's technicians cleanse vehicles' interiors and exteriors with meticulous detail services. Groomers primp vehicles with hand washes and waxes, removing grime and flecks of tar; they also protect paint with water-repelling Rain-X treatments. To kick off the interior detailing, growling vacuums steer through cabins to suck up dirt and dust before steam cleaning removes stains and henna tattoos from the car’s upholstery. Techs also de-smudge windows; restore vinyl, plastic, and leather with conditioners; and treat autos to extras such as engine cleaning, tar removal, and clay-bar treatments.
The staff at Cascade Auto Glass fits car frames with a meticulous process perfected during more than 750,000 windshield replacements, all adhering to Auto Glass Safety Council standards. Cascade's choice of top-quality urethane adhesives allows drivers to get back on the road sooner without sacrificing a reliable grip, and OEM-quality glass shares an identical structure, density, and love of parking-permit stickers as cars' factory-installed glass. A nationwide warranty stands behind the quality materials and workmanship of each service, and Cascade deals directly with insurance companies.
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.
Monster Wash's three auto bays house an elite touch-free car wash with a three-sided sudsy assault, undercarriage wash, and a wind-shearing drying system. The wash and wax combo may be found on the detailing menu, as can the Express Interior Detail, which includes a vacuum for carpets and seats, a scrubbing of the windows and dash, and a fumigation for mischievous gremlins. With the interior package, autonauts earn a free exterior touch-free wash to tackle caked-on insects and snow. The Express Exterior Detail clears grime and gunk from the chassis by hand and replaces it with a lustrous coat of wax and polish, leaving jalopies as fresh and shiny as a mouthwash-scented candle. Additionally, this package includes a tire shine and cleaning of the inside and outside of all windows.
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.
Armed with advanced cleaning techniques and backed by 32 years of experience, the team at Professional Auto Detailing transforms dingy jalopies into noble roadsters during a detailing spree that lasts two–three hours. After climbing inside the car, hungry vacuums poke their nozzles into bucket seats and plastic crannies to fill their ballooning bellies with cabin leftovers. Hands painstakingly wipe crumbs from dashboards and consoles and clean windows inside and out, erasing any fingerprints or bird droppings that would hinder passengers in their efforts to wink at truckers. A manual wash gently and thoroughly scrubs grit and dust from the exterior, preparing the auto's body for a layer of protective, high-gloss wax that's completely free of corn syrup. For an additional $25, customers can upgrade to Professional Auto Detailing's mobile service to have their vehicle detailed on any driveway or parking lot in Anchorage.
GoNorth began more than 20 years ago, when owner Rolf Meyer began a guide service for river trips in the Brooks mountain range. Rolf characterizes himself as the guy who’d rather be in a canoe on the John River than doing much else, but this laissez faire attitude belies his business savvy—in the last two decades, GoNorth has expanded to include full-service travel planning, car and RV rentals, and guided tours. Rolf and his staff help vacationers and local outdoors enthusiasts map out expeditions to Alaska's most scenic regions such as Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge and Denali National Park. These trips range from self-guided sojourns to glacier cruises to fully guided backcountry tours where visitors marvel at Gates of the Arctic National Park and sleep through the northern lights at the Arctic Circle. To further facilitate outdoor travel, GoNorth operates a camping ground and hostel, arranges RV- and car-rental services, details personal vehicles, and works with partner companies to book international trips to Switzerland and Germany.
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.
From its humble origins in 1946 as a single glass shop, Speedy Glass has expanded across the country into a network of more than 120 locations, where technicians stand at the ready to repair and replace the glass in cars, homes, and offices. The centers’ automotive technicians handle all manner of automotive-window services, including repairing chipped windshields or shattered back windows cracked while drivers were chauffeuring opera singers. To overhaul homes' glass panes, the residential specialists can cut, polish, and install fresh windows. They tackle projects ranging in scope from fashioning new glass tabletops to building solariums for clients who run on solar panels inside their skulls. Speedy Glass's workmanship and quality are guaranteed, and all of its services are backed by an array of warranties.
A mainstay in the local automotive electronics industry for decades, Will Linthorst decided
to branch out and open his own shop in 2013. Will's experience in automotive customization is extensive—he's tackled everything from restoring the upholstery in a '69 Mercury Cyclone to building and installing custom sound systems. At Sublime Designz, Will and his technicians offer
those services and more, outfitting cars with hidden subwoofers, replacing existing headlights with brighter, LED lamps, and installing remote starters
for those who want to warm their car up without having to wait or force-feed the engine coffee. And, with Will's almost childlike enthusiasm for electronics, it should come as no surprise that even the waiting room at Sublime Designz is outfitted with DVDs and video games to entertain waiting customers and their kids.
The family owners and technicians of 907 Detail & Auto Accessories treat each car that rolls up their sudsy driveway as if it were their own.
This level of dedication is reflected quite literally in the glint of vehicles that emerge from detailing services with freshly cleaned windows, shimmering exteriors, and rearview mirrors free of vexatious blind spots. The committed technicians pride themselves on the fact that most of their business comes from loyal customers and referrals, many of whom come not just for washes and waxes but for custom tints and aftermarket products available by request for purchase and installation. Cars aren’t the only vehicles lucky enough to get in on the action; the company’s services also extend to motorcycles, semi trucks, trailers, and boats.
The experienced technicians at NorthStart augment cars’ factory settings with meticulously installed upgrades backed by the shop’s lifetime guarantee. In addition to tantalizing aural and visual senses by implanting cars with high-fidelity audio and video, technicians also install driving lights, satellite navigation systems, and passenger-side ejector seats. Autostart remote starters rev engines, unlock doors, pop trunks, and manage internal temperatures while car owners dawdle within a 1,200-foot range. In addition to traditional keychain remotes, starters can also enlist the help of Androids, iPhones, BlackBerrys, and WiFi-enabled toaster ovens via optional SmartStart technology.
Patience, stamina, and passion. These are the ingredients Morris Auto Detail has in abundance that other detailers may find themselves deficient in. But they're absolutely necessary to a thorough detailing that returns cars to like-new status. Giving each auto the time it deserves, they tackle all the obvious tasks such as exterior coats, bumpers, and tires. It's the subtle touches, however, that sets them apart. That includes cleaning out gunky cupholders, all pockets along the inside of the door, and all upholstery crevices. Leaving engine compartments spot-free is yet another specialty of theirs. Treating all vehicles to equal attention, they offers these kinds of detailed services for all sedans, vans, trucks, and SUVs.