For more than 35 years, the highly trained technicians at Precision Tune Auto Care have been the sworn enemy of check-engine lights around the globe, battling auto troubles with a full array of maintenance and repair services. They tackle problems both cosmetic and mechanical on sedans, SUVs, minivans, and even hybrids, which require special care since they?re half car and half human. From 350 locations in six countries, these car clinicians hone their expertise by servicing 2.5 million vehicles each year.
Originally founded in 1959 by Kurt Ziebart as Ziebart International Corp., Ziebart has morphed from an auto-rust-prevention outfit into a full-service auto accessory and detail shop that has cropped up at some 400 locations in 30 countries. Performing everything from window tinting and professional detailing to electronics installation, Ziebart's experienced staff cares for cars with high-end products, including seasonal paint protectant and the company’s renowned rust inhibitors. To protect cars inside and out, Ziebart technicians also install accouterments such as alarm systems to thwart thieves and sunroofs to thwart unflattering film negatives from processing correctly (services may vary by location).
The technicians at Auto Hail Repair Guys massage dents out of car exteriors without resorting to the use of bondo or paint. This permits the original paint and clear coat to remain intact and the car to return to its pre-dent state.
In 1952, after years of ferrying car batteries to wholesalers throughout Dallas in his trusty red Studebaker pickup truck, John Searcy opened a shop of his own. Now a national franchise with more than 300 locations, Interstate All Battery Center powers up gadgets from a catalog of more than 16,000 batteries. Specialized cells from an array of brands including Apple, Motorola, and Creative Labs power home electronics, including the cell phones and singing wall fish that run constantly in most modern households. Cordless tools purr warmly, and medical equipment, such as hearing aids and wheelchairs, continue their crucial functions with fresh energy. The shop also powers up vehicles from golf carts to vintage cars to RVs with batteries from Audi and other companies. The staff collects and recycles upward of 850 million pounds of batteries each year.
The technicians at Cooler In The Shade polish and protect cars and trucks with detailing services and electronics-installation upgrades. With a perfectionist’s eye for detail, techs can use 3M paint-protection film to block out detrimental glare from the sun and headlights with window tinting, which also deflects harmful road debris. Security and remote-starter systems from ScyTek Electronics pack basic automobile functions into pocket-size key fobs, allowing drivers to warm up their vehicles and dashboard espresso brewers while remaining indoors.
Cars inevitably accumulate dents throughout their lives, whether they're the result of absentminded adjacent parkers or birds dropping turtles from great heights. The technicians at Auto Dent Specialists repair such dings through paintless dent removal, precluding expensive body work and warranty-voiding replacement parts. The team's members hold an average of 15 years of experience in the trade, specializing in restoring cars ravaged by hail. They can often complete repairs on the same day, saving owners from the shame of having concave bumpers.