Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with professional brake services including brake-line repair and replacement, ABS diagnosis and repair, and adjustments that come with a lifetime warranty on parts, labor, and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, suspension repair, and belt replacement.
Spring brings budding flowers and an angry sun that, with beaming mockery, exposes imperfections on your ride's exterior. Heritage's full-service car wash will get the nooks and undercarriage of your motor-drawn carriage cleansed of accumulated gunk from asphalt-hunting season. Heritage Car Wash's bubble blasters and sudsicles will first scrub away the bird turds that have amassed in your land-train's armor and underbody. The wheels will be cleaned and the tires shined. Finally, a thorough triple polish, clear-coat protectant, and rust inhibitor will leave nothing but your glossy reflection in your ride's shimmering shine. Unlike a baby, a car won't cry or call child services if you don't clean it after it soiled itself, but, like a carefully tended baby, a well-maintained car won't disappoint you in its teenage years. Pamper your metal loved one at Heritage Car Wash. Once your car emerges with a sparkling veneer and a rust-inhibiting lollipop, you won’t mind driving it to weddings, fancy dinners, or the inside of a bar of soap. Heritage Car Wash can accommodate larger vehicles.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
My Detail Guys’ technicians roam Arlington and the surrounding area, cleaning vehicles at their owners’ homes and workplaces. Their detail-oriented hand washes leave exteriors sparkling clean, and their vacuuming and upholstery shampooing strip grime from interiors. To these basics they add services such as high-speed polishes, carnauba waxes, vinyl cleaning, leather conditioning, and paint sealant—which protects the finish from the elements. In addition to cars, they detail boats, RVs, and any spacecraft with a pilot who can pay in dollars.
Innovative Automotive specializes in the careful coddling of cars and light trucks while maintaining stellar standards of customer service. An under-hood expert fills engines with up to 5 fresh quarts of house-brand oil, which pistons describe as a dark burgundy with notes of oak and strawberry and technicians replace oil filters, lube the chassis, and—if necessary—top off fluids. The air-conditioning service entails a check of the climate control’s system pressure, component function, interior temperature, and flow across the condenser, with an added inspection of the entire A/C system for leaks. During a brake job, horseless-carriage whisperers turn rotors, replace brake pads, and clean and adjust all brake hardware. All the services take between one and two hours and leave the most mobile member of your family ready to best your neighbor's unicycle in a wheelie contest.