Manned by ASE-certified technicians, the River City Brakes garage treats vehicles of all makes and models to maintenance and repair services. The team rids engines of stale oil and forgotten Easter eggs with helpings of fresh lube and throws in a complimentary tire rotation with each change. They also vend and install brake pads, as well as inspect and repair alternators, starters, and belts.
Don and Rick Wood, owners of Cooks Collision, can trace their auto-repair roots back to the 1930s. Their grandfather, Clyde, built cars for Ford Motor Company and later started his own body shop, where he passed his knowledge on to his son, Bob. After working as a body-shop manager for Saltnes Volkswagen, Bob took out a mortgage against his family home and purchased Cooks Auto Body, fulfilling his dream of starting his own shop—just like his dad. Today, Don and Rick carry on the family legacy with more than 30 locations, dozens of employees, and one magical vintage racecar. Their ASE-certified mechanics are factory-certified by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Jaguar, and Volvo, and they repair around 30,000 cars each year.
Premium Glass & Tint Inc.’s factory-trained technicians battle harmful UV rays and stifling temperatures with 3M and Solar Gard films. A lot of glass has felt their touch in the past, including the windows of more than 10,000 cars and several buildings at the San Jose International Airport.
With help from a computer, the techs custom-cut films to fit car windows. They cloak autos in a spectrum of products, from color-stable films with a factory-glass gleam to crystalline tints designed for high-end cars and bicycles that think they're cars. The team heads to residences with films that can block the sun—and lower AC costs—as well as prevent glass from shattering during inclement weather or stuntman conventions. Premium Glass & Tint also offers gift certificates, which customers can use for tinting windows, or the shop's other services, including replacing and repairing busted windshields, and protecting paint with Scotchgard Paint Protection film.
In Polar Bear Auto Care's warehouse-size shop, ASE-certified techs slip under hoods to fix or install air-conditioning and heating systems. Those systems are nearly identical to the factory units, as many of the systems they install are made by the same manufacturers. On their walls hang hundreds of parts, with more stored onsite, including new heater cores as well as compressor mounts for car models from the years 1965 to 1999. This lets them work on all kinds of vehicles, from brand-new cars and tractors to RVs and vintage UFOs. They back up their services with a two-year or 24,000-mile warranty, which extends to electrical repairs as well as the maintenance of steering, exhaust, and brake systems.
The expert mechanics at Prestige Auto Works back up their work with heavy credentials. They're ASE certified, licensed by the state of California, and accredited by the Better Business Bureau. Further, all parts and labor are covered by warranty. Preventative maintenance is this full-service auto shop's philosophy, but the technicians' skills run the gamut from routine oil changes and tune-ups to complete engine replacements. To make maintenance as easy as possible, they also email or text reminders, recommendations, and recipes for making healthy dishes for your car at home.
At Pavilion Car Care, technicians keep vehicles running smoothly and looking good with an onsite car wash, detail center, and quick-lube service. Quick trips to the car wash remove caked-on debris from tires and exteriors, and detailing packages provide carpet shampooing, paint-sealant application, and clay-bar treatments that get vehicles ready for car prom. À la carte cleaning services target water spots or dusty floor mats. Techs can also perform engine maintenance, keeping pistons, serpentine belts, and gearboxes humming with Chevron-brand lubricants.