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.
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 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.
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.