With more than 20 years of experience, Proline Car Stereo's team of technicians outfit vehicles with a wide range of high-tech upgrades, from immersive sound systems to security packages. Their shop also stocks a range of user-installable modifications, allowing shoppers to customize their rides with GPS units, powerful subwoofers, woodgrain dashboard kits, and floor mats.
A native of Park Slope, Parkside Auto Care owner Charlie has spent four decades indulging his mechanical curiosity in the automotive industry. It all began with a simple thirst for the knowledge of how things work—as a child, Charlie's toys were his father's tools, and his hobby was to dismantle and reassemble anything he could find, including his father's transistor radio. Today, Charlie and his 20-year collaborator, Darwin, specialize in exotic and European cars, their minds encyclopedias of automotive knowledge that guide them through such tasks as repairing engines, servicing transmissions, and breaking in wild Lamborghinis.
Auto electronics have changed a lot since 1989. Tape decks gave way to iPods, LCD screens brought movies to the back seat, and the Internet expanded from college campuses to car interiors. Frank Rodriquez and his crew at Exotic Auto Boutique have worked on the frontlines of this technological evolution, wielding a half century of collective expertise while tailoring vehicles' aesthetics and equipment. Specializing in seamless audio updates using Soundstream equipment, the team also sells listening gear for DIY installation from other brands including Pyle and Kenwood. With an enthusiasm for unusual projects, they invite big dreamers in for complimentary consultations for projects to make over school buses as limos, trick out children's bikes, or transform pumpkins into horse-drawn teleportation devices.
ZP Auto Repair keeps wheels on the road and minds off the wheels with comprehensive care packages for any type of vehicle. A quick 30-minute oil change keeps cars hydrated and lubricated with a replacement of the oil and oil filter for standard vehicles (an extra fee applies for luxury and nonstandard vehicles, which will receive a $42 credit toward any oil change). Knowledgeable technicians also inspect and top off fluids as needed, and rotate and inspect tires to preserve the treads on automotive sneakers.
The certified technicians at Bay Street Auto Center's five locations keep cars road ready and street legal with New York state inspections and oil changes. Techs begin inspections by examining the battery and starting charging system, taking pains to confirm that the battery has an active charge and hasn't been using all its energy taunting solar panels. Techs then aim their expertise at tires, scrutinize the brakes to confirm safe stopping, check the suspension, and conclude the examination by casting trained eyes and hands at belts and hoses. Oil changes drain dirty and damaged oils before replacing them with up to 5 quarts of conventional motor oil (synthetic available for an additional charge) and a new filter to guard the engine from contaminants and invitations to the transmission’s next fondue night.