At A-Z Auto Center, brothers Billy and Fredy run the detailing, auto-body, and mechanical-repair shop started by their dad more than 40 years ago, earning remarks for their "rare integrity" on sites such as Citysearch. As members of a AAA Approved Auto Repair service center, A-Z's automotive technicians uphold ASE standards during every repair, from replacing windshields to matching multilayer factory finishes as closely as possible through a sophisticated paint system. To simplify the repair process, team members can provide free estimates via uploaded vehicle images as well as quickly process insurance claims through their fleet of carrier pigeons. They can also give customers lifts home or help coordinate car rentals should their vehicles require extended service.
Ming's Auto Repair pampers steely chariots of most makes and models with a painstaking diagnostic service and tune-up, leaving them in peak health and optimal performance condition. An oil change replaces charred fluids with up to four quarts of Castrol nonsynthetic oil, prepping parts to work together as smoothly as an army dressed in silk (a $35 value). Next, a team of vehicle virtuosos exorcizes engine demons and performs up to one hour of performance tests on horsepower hubs (an $85 value). The shop's seasoned techs will also rotate tires, leaving talented rubber artists free to carve muddy midnight masterpieces into neighbors’ lawns (a $40 value).
World Wide Bus elevates four-wheeled cross-country travel with customer-oriented service, plush seating, and highly trained drivers. Each 56-passenger bus comes complete with comfort-packed features, including head and foot rests, free WiFi, individual reading lights, and a 110v outlet for each seat. Regular buses embark on the 4.5-hour journey several times a day in either direction. Long-distance rollers can buy up to four Groupons and bring their theatrically inclined friends or King Kong impersonators for a night out on Times Square.
With lube and service centers spread across America, Valvoline Instant Oil Change ensures that roads from coast to coast teem with automotive vigor. Certified technicians perform a roster of services, including drive-thru oil changes that allow motorists to arrive without an appointment and remain in their car while Valvoline oils forge a truce between metal parts.
Since 1988, Auto Care Super Saver has been helping car owners save cash with maintenance punch cards redeemable at local auto shops throughout the course of a full year. These cards come loaded with all kinds of prepaid services, including at least three full-service oil changes with up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a new filter. Depending on the location, punch cards may also feature tire rotations, brake inspections, engine-light readings, air-conditioning performance tests, and other repairs and inspections essential to a car's well-being. Customers can transfer the punch card's benefits to any ride, ranging from station wagons to sports cars to feral merry-go-round mounts.
Most boxers train to punch an opponent in the face, but some train to knock out fat instead. At Boston Boxing & Fitness, former fighters turned certified instructors lead classes focused on both the competitive and fitness aspects of the sport. Coaches design each course to tone specific body areas or improve the body's overall fitness through strength and conditioning sessions. The studio also runs ladies-only boxing classes and co-ed boxing classes. Classes run five days a week, with the gym hosting weekend sparring sessions and amateur team-oriented fight nights. When not in class, trainers and students alike also supplement their training with the gym's 1500 pounds of free weights and athletic training.