Named Top Shop in the Country by Motor Age magazine, Rad Air Complete Car Care has been servicing roadsters in the Cleveland area for more than a quarter of a century. Beginning as a radiator and air-conditioning repair shop in Parma Heights, the locally owned auto franchise has expanded to 10 Northeast Ohio locations that perform such services as brake work, tune-ups, electrical repairs, tire and suspension maintenance, and fluid adjustments. Rad Air is a AAA-approved auto-repair center that offers a lifetime warranty on its work and advises clients on what repairs are needed, recommended, and on each car's birthday wish list.
Mother Nature causes many things to lose their luster, especially the glossy exteriors of automobiles. Extreme Auto Detailing’s crew addresses that problem with every detail session. After hand washing cars, they tackle hard-to-see debris with clay bars, removing oxidation, tree sap, and lollipop sticks. They also employ a orbital-wax-finishing process to restore the shine. The inside gets the royal treatment, too, from the carpets to the glass to the dash.
Lube Stop has been lauded by both local and national press outlets for its Sustainability Program, which decreases the environmental impact of the shop's auto services. Its signature EcoGuard oil change, for example, refreshes engines with re-refined motor oil. Lube Stop also recycles oil and antifreeze, and it plants two new oil-filter trees for every one it chops down.
Besides eight kinds of oil changes, Lube Stop provides multipoint inspections, tire rotations, wiper blade replacement, and other maintenance and repair services. More than 240 employees?who receive continuous training to keep up with eco-friendly practices?helm the company's 37 Cleveland- and Akron-area locations, all of which offer E-Check emissions-testing stations.
At Finn Tire & Automotive, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicles of all makes and models. Using computer technology, the crew balances tires and scans for looming problems, such as transmission troubles or missing engines. They swap out old oil for new, replace valve sterns, and outfit rides with tires from Michelin, Bridgestone, and BF Goodrich.
Hovering around a cracked windshield, gloved mechanics discuss swapping in glass from Carlite, AP Technoglass, and other brands, all of which are designed to meet the vehicle manufacturer's requirements for safety and quality. Other crews move past, loading gear into vans to service vehicles at patrons’ offices and homes. They repair chips from rocks flung by truck tires or pennies flung by the parade floats millionaires always drive. The techs wield a resin that can prevent the chip from spreading and weakening the windshield's integrity and also fix and repair everything from door glass to moldings and mirrors.