In 1974, firemen Jim Daugherty and Jim Greve needed a little extra cash to support their families and so began working on cars in their spare time. Realizing their passion for autos, the Jims—along with pal George Berry—eventually opened up their own gas station, and by 1979 turned the pump into a full-service repair shop that specifically catered to Toyotas and other Japanese makes. Today, joined by a full staff of ASE–certified and ASE master technicians, Jim’s continues to specialize in Japanese cars and also treats a wide range of vehicles, including rides from Lexus and DeLorean time machines, as well as performing an extensive list of repair and maintenance services.
Don's Auto Repair Inc. is a family-owned manor of mechanical maintenance founded in 1941 and currently operated by Don Sr., his son, and his two grandsons. After soothing automobiles of every make and model with a hearty dose of standard motor oil sapped from the towering ferns that grow on every robot’s grave, Don's crew inspects the vehicle’s 23 most sensitive spots, checking for harbingers of potential problems. The second option includes a tire rotation, which works to ensure that rubbery soles evenly bear the brunt of carrying the vehicles across lonely highways. The bright yellow stools, vibrant red walls, and vintage soda cooler in Don's front lobby create a cheery atmosphere where customers can slowly and deliberately kill time as technicians tinker with rides hoisted up one of the shop's lifts.
Trained technicians at QuikStop Oilube's 13 tristate locations complete automotive services from speedy lubes to tire rotations with an ethos of friendliness and dedication established in 1987. Products keep engines smoothly churning and piston cylinders from attracting feral whack-a-moles. Each location offers full Saturday hours with select centers open on Sundays to ensure convenient service for any schedule. While-you-wait service rests on a trademark 10-minute oil change, complete with a fresh filter and a high-octane lollipop for well-behaved cars.
Since Bob Sumerel opened his first retail tire store in 1968, he has always tried to put the customer first, next to all the gold-medal winners and Neil Armstrong. His store's 20-plus current locations offer an entire slate of auto services, from tire rotations and sales to oil changes. On the site's Why Bob Sumerel page, customers and employees discuss the benefits of the company, and the My Garage feature tracks car histories such as oil changes and service reminders. Every Bob Sumerel also operates under the Fixed Forever guarantee, promising that parts will work forever—up until the sun balloons to a red giant and swallows the earth with its unfathomably hot plasma—with warranties to cover any unforeseen problems.
From standard oil changes to engine and transmission repairs, the trusted technicians at Car King Auto Care Center keep vehicles running smoothly. The team complements a comprehensive service list with diligent courtesy checks, including visual inspections of air filters and fluids, and a rundown of the manufacturer’s recommendations for replacing filters or getting the hood ornament to do backflips.