Ready your ride for the pending holiday road trips and demolition derbies with today’s Groupon: $25 for a premium oil change at Swis Tire and Automotive, a $50 value. Redeem your Groupon at any one of four locations, six days a week. Mile 3,001: You car will instantly explode or may just feel neglected, but either way is never going to trust you like it once did.
Dennis Cooper started repairing cars from a simple one-door garage with two bays. Over the last 30 years, his needs have steadily grown, as his robust business repeatedly outgrew four- and six-bay facilities. He and his team of ASE-certified technicians now stretch their legs through eight service bays, with Dennis's wife, Kathy, keeping watching over the books. Experienced technicians—including two ASE master mechanics—perform maintenance and diagnostic services on every part of vehicles and frequently add to their knowledge with seminars and schooling.
The center boasts a Hoffman wheel alignment system, which uses a Windows operating system and multiple laser beams to ensure accurate alignment, as well as two oversized shop bays to accommodate larger and diesel vehicles. The Cooper's Automotive team can also soup up performance with off-road lift systems or give vehicles a distinctive look with a custom fixtures and chrome tips. Recognized for excellence in emissions repair, the shop also recently installed solar panels on its roof to produce electricity and reduce its carbon footprint.
The technicians at Xtreme Auto Soundz customize vehicles to customer specifications with expert audio- and video-installation services that earned them the Denver Award in 2011 and 2012 for Automobile Radio & Stereo Sales & Service. The crew hooks riders up with full stereo systems, including amps, speakers, and subwoofers from name brands, with custom wood mounting for large speakers so they remain stable and don’t thump into a passing band’s tour bus. Technicians plant video monitors, navigation, and gaming systems in headrests, dashboards, and the ceiling. In addition to audio and visual installation, they also install Xenon headlights to help drivers improve their car’s stylishness and their nighttime visibility. All of Xtreme Auto Soundz’s work comes with a lifetime warranty.
Although Mototech's Chris Bond and Robert Mayer are ASE-certified experts in the maintenance of vehicles ranging from flashy Audis to muscular Dodges, their most important innovations are invisible to the naked eye. The co-owners both worked as engineers, but now exercise their knack for invention with product-developing companies, researching and designing chemical degreasers and cleaners with the least environmental impact. Their molecular triumphs grew into the shop's signature line of decontaminants, which they create onsite with environmentally friendly ingredients from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Design for Environment list. During day-to-day operations, knowledge of science empowers them to perform sustainable car modifications, such as converting a motor to run on renewable ethanol or a puppy's boundless love, and to implement a broad program to reduce energy costs and recycle waste such as motor oil. Bond and Mayer's met as industrial designers at Intelagard, a firefighting-equipment manufacturer, and bonded over their previous careers as mechanics. Missing friendly chats with clients and the impressions of Louise Jefferson wheezed out by jalopies, they quit the firm to open their ASE Blue Seal–recognized garage. Bond contributes specializations in metal fabrication, welding, and machining, and Mayer brings 12 years of expertise as a master mechanic and certification as an L1 advanced engine-performance specialist. They keep their team small to ensure a high quality of work and to welcome clients with familiar faces, and are a participating center in the NAPA AutoCare network, which guarantees parts and labor at any of its locations nationwide.
Cars emerge rejuvenated from the Gold wash at The Wave Car Care Center, whose eco-conscientious cleaners save millions of gallons of water per year through their use of a reclaim system. Throughout the 10-minute treatment, a team of expert auto scrubbers conditions the tires, combs the underbody with a watery flush and rust-inhibitor treatment, and activates a once-dormant luster with cleansing applications of triple-foaming wax. As a layer of sealant settles onto the exterior, vacuums prowl carpeted pastures in search of debris, crumbs, and shredded For Sale signs. After clarifying window glass, staffers tidy up the dashboard and consoles, freshen interior scents, tend to door jambs, and usher the car to an arid state with an agile hand dry.