ith more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Auto Service 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 Auto Service 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 more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with the standard brake service including a lifetime warranty on parts, labor and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, factory maintenance services, batteries, belt replacement, and fluid services.
Central Texas Harley-Davidson has grown from their humble start in 1921 to inhabit their current 50,000-square-foot, full-service dealership, still sparkling from its opening in 2008. Inside, Andre LeCompte and his team of dealers shepherd a flock of new and used Harley-Davidson motorcycles, available for purchase and for rent. They impart their knowledge to prospective riders in their expansive show room as the presence of gleaming exhaust pipes and powerful engines causes adrenaline to percolate in the hearts of motorcycle lovers. The MotorClothes shop outfits riders in branded Harley leather jackets and shirts, and the parts shop vends custom engine components to keep beefed-up bikes running smoothly without resorting to smearing the open road in butter.
After getting their start in the interior trim industry in 1998, the staff at Austin Auto Interiors grew to specialize in factory-quality reupholstering, multimedia upgrades, and meticulous detailing. With access to more than one million leather seating combinations, the shop's leather service technicians dye, fit, and trim top-grain leather to replace worn-out seats and arm rests ravaged by restless backseat drivers. When the staff isn't reviving worn interiors and patching minor damage, they can be found making over dashes with woodgrain trim or embroidering custom headrests. Outside the realm of trim and accents, the multimedia experts at Austin Auto Interiors also equip whips with GPS navigation, seat heaters, and headrest video capabilities.
Superior Automotive's vehicle wizards work tirelessly to keep steel carriages of all makes and models running smoothly. During the oil change, a technician will drain engines of their used motor oil and refill them with up to five quarts of fresh standard oil. The 40- to 50-minute procedure also includes a tire rotation to make sure that all four of a vehicle's rubber feet wear down equally, keeping tires from unbolting themselves in dramatic acts of neglect-fueled rebellion. Both Superior Automotive shops are staffed by a team of experienced mechanics and equipped with five service bays, ensuring that barbershop quartets can let their managers tag along during group car-care outings.