Hi End Customs restyles vehicles with everything from Strut wheels and grills to custom sound systems. Technicians install remote starters that can make engines rev from up to 1 mile away at the touch of a pager or even a smartphone. To protect high-tech gadgetry by brands such as Sony, Pioneer, or MTX Audio from the eyes of strangers, they can also lay dark, protective tint films along the windows or install alarms that safeguard rides with multi-tone sirens and shock sensors. Outside, details that include a buff and wax ensure cars look as good on the exterior as they do on the inside and save vehicles the trouble of trying to attract potential drivers with their sense of humor.
RelayRides is a new form of peer-to-peer car rental, one in which car owners around the country lend their rides to trustworthy drivers in need. The process is straightforward for both parties involved. Renters choose a ride from a list of available vehicles, be it a van for carrying the whole family or a sports car for cruising down the coastline. Owners then meet renters at an agreed-upon spot and hand over the keys. When the trip is finished, renters replace the gas and return cars to their owners' loving embrace. An online system encourages participants to rate and review their experiences, ensuring a reliable network of top-notch owners and renters.
The Motorsport Lab lets drivers tame and test a fleet of classic American muscle cars and exotic, foreign sportsters. Drivers receive instruction before sampling the speed and handling of vehicles such as the Aston Martin DB9, Bentley GT, and Lotus Elise. Instructors either compress racing experiences into 60-minute agility tests or prolong the rush by guiding drivers on three-day excursions to Tampa, the Berkshires, or the nearest no-contact demolition derby. The Motorsport Lab also runs an advanced driving school, teaching students the subtleties of controlling Ferraris and Lamborghinis.
CabKid.com embraces real time data to ensure that its customers are always aware of the location and status of their assigned driver and their overall trip progress. The outfit bills itself as a complete concierge service and goes beyond the bounds of a basic car company. Whenever a taxi, livery, airport transportation, roadside assistance, or food delivery request is made by a patron, the company's instantaneously dispatches a driver by using its advanced route technology instead of sending out a carrier pigeon. In addition, the drivers and vehicles part of the CabKid system are all vetted and either work for CabKid or a trusted affiliate and possess proper city insurance and registration.