Each of the mechanics at Accent Auto has spent a minimum of 10 years in the field. That experience enables the full-service dealership to take on any job from all makes and models of vehicle, including those by American and Japanese manufacturers and European brands such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Accent specializes in major repairs, including the rebuilding of engines and transmissions. In its body shop, the company also spruces up rides by replacing windshields, refreshing paint, and repairing damage from golf ball?sized hail or that day when golf balls actually fell from the sky.
Once upon a time, Taylor Perkins and Michael "Stix" Tashnick were just childhood friends, long-time Austinites who each valued hard work and hard-earned adventures. These shared interests eventually led them to start Vintage Innovations, a transportation rental and tour company dedicated to facilitating rambles upon the open road. Rental clients chart a course aboard a vehicle from the company's vintage fleet, which includes shiny Airstream trailers, old-timey pick-ups, and band-ready tour busses once frequented by John Denver and the Willie Nelson Family Band.
On tours, professional drivers take over behind the wheel, ferrying clients to destinations including the city's best breweries, rowdiest honky-tonks, and picturesque regional wineries. They're also available for pick-up duty, adding a touch of excitement to bachelor or bachelorette parties, or simply delivering guests to area music and culture festivals with an extra shot of style.
Though it has the silhouette of a school bus, the Ninja Bus is designed for transporting grownups on tailgating trips, bar crawls, and other treks around and outside town. Instead of the bench seating and whoopie cushions typical of most school buses, this bus has cushy banquettes and coolers ready to stock with heady libations. Passengers flick on the wi-fi enabled 42-inch TV to stream movies as they ride to their destination while phones charge at designated stations and 4G wireless Internet streams throughout the cabin. Meanwhile, the onboard stereo system provides the soundtrack for these hangouts on the go.
Members of car2go enjoy the freedom of transportation that comes with owning a car without the worries of keeping up its maintenance or discovering that it’s a robot in disguise. Participants can reserve a car ahead of time through the company’s website or snag an unreserved vehicle by swiping their membership card past the windshield to unlock it and punching in a PIN to start it up. All fuel, insurance, parking, and maintenance costs are included with each rental, allowing patrons hassle-free travel as they explore downtown or give their pet goldfish a tour of the suburbs. After zipping around town, members park in an open car2go spot and walk away, letting a team of cleaners and technicians take care of the rest.
Lone Star Exotic Rentals's motor heads fulfill driving fantasies by arranging adrenaline-pumping cruises, drawing from a fleet of exotic automobiles that includes makes and models from Lamborghini, Mustang, and Ferrari. Individuals can rent roadsters for up to 24 hours at a stretch, allowing drivers ample time to shout curse words at slow-moving armadillos. Lone Star also offers one-hour excursions, allowing drivers to clutch the steering wheel and downshift through a 15-mile stretch of scenic blacktop.
Bavarian Luxury Rentals, the country’s first all-BMW rental company, ensconces travelers and auto enthusiasts alike behind the well-engineered wheel of brand-new German luxury cars. Co-founded by BMW auto mechanic Brian McKinney and Corey Evers—the customer-service-savvy founder of Central Texas Valet—the local enterprise fills roads with its standing fleet of BMWs that includes a 5-series, a 3-series, and a 1-series. On breaks from the open road, renters’ BMWs entitle them to sumptuous amenities at businesses throughout the city, and 24-hour roadside assistance guards drivers against difficulties such as flat tires and toll booths manned by bridge trolls.