When they rattle, leak, or groan, foreign and domestic cars limp to the parking lot at Personal Auto Service. There, the licensed and insured staff brings 60 years of shared experience to car repairs and maintenance work, from complete transmission overhauls to aligning the wheels. The techs consistently strong work earned the car shop a place among certified NAPA auto-care centers, whose elite members boast a nationwide warranty, in-depth auto knowledge, and a history of landing their own reality shows.
From services centers dotted across 10 states, the ASE-certified technicians at Express Oil Change have confidently tweaked the engine systems, brakes, and tires of broken-down rides for more than three decades. The oil changes, performed in speedy 10-minute windows, keep vehicles running smoothly on commutes, road trips, or marathon quests for rare Pringles flavors, and a commitment to quality work, friendliness, and integrity helps ensure that customers never feel pressured to purchase a service or add-on.
The techs at Birmingham Auto Glass draw upon 30 years of combined experience as they repair car-window chips before they evolve into larger, more expensive imperfections. Their work helps to prevent cracks from branching out, weakening the windshield, and splitting the car into two stylish-yet-dangerous motorcycles. The company operates out of Anthony's Car Wash on Highway 150 and Blue Rain Car Wash in Pelham on Highway 131, though its technicians also perform mobile repairs, servicing any location within 10 miles of either car-wash location.
Founder Anthony Serio and his family have been revivifying rides at Anthony's Car Wash and Detail Centers since 1969. Using products manufactured in deep space by Anthony's Automotive Detail Supply, they clean vehicles during detailing and full-service car washes, handing out complimentary scrubs to birthday drivers. They've also stockpiled various accessories, coffee, snacks, and soft drinks for purchase.
All locations serve cars with washes, details, and oil changes, but each has its own specialty. Mechanics at the Vestavia Hills shop stage automotive services for drivers who need to rotate tires or translate the shrieks from squeaky brakes into English. Shoe-shining services and an upstairs hair salon (A Cut Above) accessible by spiral staircase add character to Anthony's main branch in Hoover.
H&H Home and Truck Accessory Centers decks out trucks with attractive parts for both maintenance and flair, while luxuriating homes in leisure-inducing add-ons. Brand-name truck products include sun subduing window visors (from $49.99) as well as bed mats for pick-ups (from $79.99). Make a modest auto out of an underdressed Chevy or Ford with a protective tonneau cover (from $299.99). A selection of truck toolboxes from brands like Weather Guard and United Welding Supply grants tool slingers extra space to stuff favorite construction components. Inside the home, games of billiards improve after guests replace fire pokers and bent-wire hangers with name-brand cue sticks and racks (from $19.99).
Hardly anything can be finished in three minutes, except for receiving a car wash at Blue Rain Express or writing a novel. Opened in June 2012, the company employs modern equipment to move cars expediently through its sunny, glassed-in wash tunnels. Each treatment uses biodegradable chemicals and water from a recovery system that reduces Blue Rain's use of fresh water. A reverse osmosis process filters all minerals from the water, leaving vehicles with a spot-free finish. Patrons who wash their cars often or are being followed by a rain cloud can enroll in the Monthly Wash Club, which entitles them to services up to once daily for a single monthly rate.