John Georgis?a.k.a Banjo Billy?drives an old school bus. It isn't the standard canary-yellow vehicle, though: the roof has been cut off and replaced with wooden fence slats and pitched tin. The seats have been ripped out and replaced with rows of couches, reclining chairs, and leather saddles. A glimmering disco ball hangs from the roof, and a rubber chicken affixed to the grill announces the bus' presence with a playful tone. Even though it resembles a mobile mountain shack, John's vehicle is often filled with guests eager to get a glimpse of Boulder or Denver on one of Banjo Billy's Bus Tours as seen on NPR's "Nickel Tour" series.
The certified repair specialists at Delta Auto Glass understand that dealing with a damaged windshield can be stressful, so they give their customers a little extra care. Technicians travel to homes and offices in the Denver area free of charge to replace entire windshields, repair chips and cracks, and compliment the smell of drivers' air fresheners. Whether they're providing a clear view for domestic or foreign cars, trucks, SUVs, or commercial vehicles, techs use glass that's been reinforced with primer and adhesives. They also guarantee the parts and installation against future leaks and stress breaks.
At AutoHaus of Boulder, owners Nic Godebu and Mark Mauro, Jr., showcase their expertise in revamping German vehicles. The ASE-certified duo specializes in Audis, Volkswagens, BMWs, Porsches, and Minis; Godebu is factory trained in Audi's A3, A4, A6 all-road, and A8 models. They augment their handiwork with products from APR and Castrol and offer customers a complimentary initial diagnostic check and a waiting area designed by expert loungers.
While operating as specialists for Jeep, Chrysler, and Dodge vehicles, the ASE-certified mechanics at Gene's Continental Coach Repair attend regular training sessions to keep abreast of the latest motor makeover trends in all makes and models. Oil changes include up to five quarts of new, delicious crude, as well as a filter replacement to keep out engine impurities caused by leaks or exposure to banned literature. The car-commanders also top off all fluids, perform inspections beneath the car and its hood, and test all lights to ensure they have accessible strobe switch panels. Oil-change service typically takes 45 minutes, unless the chassis check-up unveils a more pressing problem––at which time customers may take advantage of the shop's free shuttle service to convey them safely back to their home, office, or garage-side panic room.
Green Garage's earth-conscious technicians outfit automobiles with a cadre of eco-friendly products that can increase gas mileage and reduce carbon footprints. Re-refined oil floods a fresh dual-stage oil filter with a fluid combination capable of lasting up to 30,000 miles. Cars full of fresh lifeblood receive a window and interior primping, plus an energy intervention diagnostic and 53-point inspection to ensure vehicular efficiency. Large nitrogen molecules dwarf everyday air as they suffuse tires to slow leaks and boost fuel economy by up to 3%. Accommodating technicians will bike, drive, or ride the furls of Mother Nature's breath to customers within a 5-mile radius for convenient and complimentary pickup and drop-off valet service.
AutoWorks, Inc.'s Vale-certified paintless-dent-repair technicians restore vehicles battered by hail and help car-owners to navigate negotiations with insurance companies. Their skillful handiwork restores average pitting by hail within one or two days, a quick enough turnaround to get vehicles ravaged on Wednesdays ready for ramps over the Grand Canyon by the weekend. Workers employ steel rods of varying sizes to knead dents from damaged panels rather than replace them, shaping the metal to prevent the re-emergence of craters later on in most cases. Unless hail cracks the car's lacquer, the process sidesteps the time-consuming and eco-hazardous process of restoring the shell with paint and filler. In addition to wrangling insurance claims and rounding up rental cars to pick up clients, the friendly car-care professionals pen lifetime warranties on all repairs as well as lonesome ballads about life in the garage.