When dropping off a typical family car or light truck at the shop, it's comforting to know that its handlers routinely deal with complex vehicles weighing up to 2.5 tons without breaking a sweat. The auto docs at South Boston Auto & Heavy Truck Repair do just that, tending to Dodge, Chevy, and Ford pickup trucks as well as other heavier domestic and foreign vehicles. For every set of wheels, they offer a range of repair or maintenance services to keep them cruising smoothly, from routine oil changes and tune ups to transmission and radiator work. Before so much as loosening a lug nut or putting monster truck tires on a Ford Pinto, the team offers free estimates for the necessary work at hand.
Akiki & Sons' skilled technicians upgrade the appearance and performance of automobiles, whether by polishing exteriors, dishing out oil, or rebuilding wrecked bodies. Up to 5 quarts of oil slake parched pistons as the engineers turn their eyes to a full front-end check of the vehicle, lubricating door latches and slicking their extreme slip ‘n’ slide. While under the hood, workers eject old oil filters from the ring to replace them with fresh new recruits ready to fight off gunk and grime. After checking tire pressure and fluid levels, mechanics listen to the car's pulse, which usually indicates that one has in fact been driving an elephant. The cinder-block-and-cement façade of Akiki & Sons' full-service garage conceals its wealth of tools and powerful hydraulic lifts, which were invented to help Victorian-era ladies undress. Red and green stripes race each other across the length of the building, adding interest to the whitewashed walls and glass-encased lobby.
Founded in 1952 as a Massachusetts nonprofit for tire dealers and auto-service shops, the New England Tire and Service Association has maintained a level of excellence among all of its members for more than a half-century. Like a chamber of commerce, a professional association, NETSA ensures the quality of craftsmanship of its members and promotes its industry with annual trade shows. With a wealth of active members ranging from local tire merchants to service centers, NETSA boosts both masterful automotive-repair work and small businesses throughout the region. NETSA also supported the recently passed Right to Repair law, which requires manufacturers to provide repair information to vehicle owners and independent repairers. This allows customers to better choose who services their car.
1994 was a big year for music: Outkast, Weezer, the Fugees, and Oasis released their first albums and Boomer Boston installed its first audio equipment. And like many of the bands it shares its birth year with, Boomer Boston's gone on to bigger and better things. Now, in addition to installing car stereos, the techs at Boomer also integrate iPhones, iPods, and HD and satellite radios into vehicles. And, they also install remote starters and GPS systems, and can equip cars with back-up cameras so drivers can really appreciate the beauty of their parallel-parking jobs.
At A-Z Auto Center, brothers Billy and Fredy run the detailing, auto-body, and mechanical-repair shop started by their dad more than 40 years ago, earning remarks for their "rare integrity" on sites such as Citysearch. As members of a AAA Approved Auto Repair service center, A-Z's automotive technicians uphold ASE standards during every repair, from replacing windshields to matching multilayer factory finishes as closely as possible through a sophisticated paint system. To simplify the repair process, team members can provide free estimates via uploaded vehicle images as well as quickly process insurance claims through their fleet of carrier pigeons. They can also give customers lifts home or help coordinate car rentals should their vehicles require extended service.
Ming's Auto Repair pampers steely chariots of most makes and models with a painstaking diagnostic service and tune-up, leaving them in peak health and optimal performance condition. An oil change replaces charred fluids with up to four quarts of Castrol nonsynthetic oil, prepping parts to work together as smoothly as an army dressed in silk (a $35 value). Next, a team of vehicle virtuosos exorcizes engine demons and performs up to one hour of performance tests on horsepower hubs (an $85 value). The shop's seasoned techs will also rotate tires, leaving talented rubber artists free to carve muddy midnight masterpieces into neighbors’ lawns (a $40 value).