With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Tire & Auto has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
Since its inception almost 40 years ago, Complete Auto Body and Truck Repair has prioritized customer convenience. To realize this goal, owner Kurt Barks has implemented a 24-hour customer-service phone line, which, as he tells FenderBender magazine, assuages the frustration people feel when they can’t contact personnel after hours. “People don’t want to speak to a computer; they want to talk to somebody who cares,” Kurt says, underscoring his commitment to quick service and antirobot propaganda. He parlays this emphasis into a host of shop amenities, including 24-hour towing service, discounted rental cars, and complimentary drop-off service to locations within 5 miles of the shop. A novel Service, Park & Fly program even ferries customers to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport while an ASE-certified crew rehabs rides and stores them until their owners return from out of town.
As drivers approach the North Lindbergh location, a life-sized elephant greets them and guides the way toward state-of-the-art bays. Here, the team provides routine car care and more extensive repairs, backing all of their bodywork with a lifetime guarantee void only if cars become immortal. Customers who decide to stay on the premises while they wait can luxuriate in the comfort of a spacious lounge.
ShowOff Audio Center's passionate sales team and skillful mechanics employ a compendium of mobile audio, video, and electronics knowledge to outfit motor carriages with futuristic components. Keys become utilitarian infant toys after engines develop the remote-starting powers characteristic of an AutoPage C3-RS603 system. Installations wrap up in as little as one hour and back up efficient craftsmanship with a lifetime service guarantee.
Sparks Tire & Auto, a NAPA affiliated full-service auto repair center, has a staff of ASE-certified technicians and has been serving the St. Charles area since 1984. In 2004, Sparks moved to a 10,000-square-foot facility to accommodate the entire population of Lichtenstein and plenty more customer wheelmobiles. Building lasting relationships with people and their rides is the priority of Sparks' staffers, which they maintain by treating other's cars as if they were their own. With today's Goupon, mechanics will drain soiled oil and pour in a fresh batch to optimize engine protection, then they’ll rotate tires, equalizing their wear and prolonging their lives. A visual inspection diagnoses any potential issues such as an Oedipal complex or an inability to commit to one car, and a brake inspection ensures maximal stopping effectiveness.
The trained technicians at Access Automotive foster four-wheel transportation with a garageful of maintenance and repair services. The team helps reinforce vehicular vigor by performing oil changes, alignments, and fuel- and air-induction cleanings. They also diagnose automotive ailments before problems escalate and impact a car's performance, lifespan, or likelihood of costarring in a bikini-calendar photo shoot.