Auto Fix draws on their parent company's deep wells of experienced, ASE-certified technicians to staff their seven garages in Illinois and Indiana. The full-service shops keep cars running with oil changes and thorough vehicle check ups, and they routinely flush power steering, radiator, and transmission fluids. Having spent years working with vehicles, Auto Fix technicians can repair any part of the car from the suspension to the fuel system. They're confident in their repairs as well, offering any client a 12-month or 12,000-mile guarantee on each fix. The team also renders problem-precluding services such as full safety inspections, shocks and struts service, and tire rotation—which does not mean enforcing who’s up next on the backyard tire swing.
The Kankakee County Speedway, roaring into its 62nd season, rouses racing fans with a full schedule of upcoming supersonic events, such as the 3rd Annual Northfield Square Mall Show. Competitors from a wide range of divisions—including Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Stock Cars, I-Mods, and Sport Compacts—descend upon the course determined to etch their name into the track's storied history and rack up cash and points, which are needed to win championships. The speedway boasts a long list of legends, such as Jim O' Connor, who collected six titles and 84 checkered flags during his career, and "Cocktail" Tommy Kroll, who has won six track championships in four different decades. Additionally, autograph sessions after select events soup up memorabilia collections, and children 10 years of age and younger can ride the "Kids Club" bus and gain free admission upon stating their birthday.
The factory-trained technicians at Sutton Ford bolster auto performance and aesthetics with full-service oil changes and car washes. During the two-hour service, mechanics drain spent oils, swap them for up to 6 quarts of clean lubricant, and install a filter to protect the engine from admitting contaminants or losing the ghosts the run the pistons. A tire rotation equalizes tread wear, and eagle-eyed inspections head off possible brake problems or unassumingly low under-hood fluid levels. Mechanics also circulate amongst the auto's vital components during their 27-point inspection, checking tires for proper inflation, peeking in on belts and hoses, and testing the battery before penning a checkup report detailing the results of the snooping. Postservice, cars play nice with streaming water jets, suctioned-minded vacuums, and trickles of protective wax before galloping down the road to make highway debuts or win rounds of hide-and-go-seek with neighborhood tow trucks.
President Denny Guest and his friendly sales staff have a reason to be proud: last year they delivered more than 1,800 vehicles to local friends, families, and companies in the Chicagoland area. With an expansive inventory—more than 400 vehicles on hand at all times—they deal both new and used autos from Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, and Ram, and their preowned inventory can also include makes such as Chevrolet, Honda, and Toyota. New vehicles come backed by a factory warranty, and certified preowned vehicles safely ride under the umbrella of a three-month, 3,000-mile maximum-care warranty and a seven-year, 100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. Should cars suddenly fall victim to mechanical malice or the pranks of a teenage motorcycle, the parts and service department is quick to offer repairs ranging from oil changes and engine tune-ups to state inspections and full detailing.
Discount Tire’s professional technicians install and service a vast trove of tires and wheels to keep wagons rolling safely. Experienced, trained mechanics manage an inventory replete with tires by brand names such as Goodyear, Michelin, and Bridgestone ($60–$100/tire for most vehicles) and a huge range of wheels ($50–$100/wheel for most vehicles). Proud owners of newly outfitted buggies receive advice on how to improve their rubber-road marriages or ability to do donuts on the lawns of rival librarians. Along with recommendations on products and services, tire installations include new valve stems, road-hazard protection, and lifetime rotations.
Simotes specializes in pre-owned vehicles. Their lots showcase foreign and domestic cars from makers such as Cadillac, Jeep, and Volkswagen, with an inventory boasting trucks, sedans, SUVs, and convertibles. Beyond the sales side of the business, technicians invite drivers to take a detour for oil changes or detailing services, which include hand-applied waxes, wheel and tire scrubbings, and interior shampoos to give cars that classic "just had a shower" smell.