At seven locations throughout the Houston metropolitan area, Discount Inspection & Brakes' ASE-certified mechanics keep vehicles in tip-top shape. They check and repair squeaky brakes, change out old oil, and inspect cars to make sure they comply with state emissions requirements and seasonal fashion trends. Aside from everyday preventative maintenance, the knowledgeable crews also repair cracked windshields and get to the bottom of engine trouble with a computerized diagnostic system.
Originally run out of one pickup truck, Houston Auto Glass & Windshield Replacement has spent nearly two decades growing a fleet of mobile technicians big enough to serve customers throughout Dallas and Houston. The techs swap out windshields lacerated with cracks and replace them with shiny new units, allowing drivers to easily see when the road ahead is actually their neighbor's swimming pool. Urethane adhesives and quality sealant join a steadfast warranty to keep new panes in place. The glass gurus also repair rock chips and tackle other services such as painting and body repair.
Jerry Stubbs was born to sell. He started out with bread, then moved on to lawnmowers, before settling on motorcycles. His love of bikes eventually culminated in Stubbs Harley-Davidson, a venture that began in 1965 and is now the oldest dealer in the Houston area. Jerry has since passed on, but the Stubbs sales staff honors his credo of taking care of the customer. They pride themselves on making sure no one waits more than 20 seconds before being greeted by a sales member.
Overseeing the chromed-out cache of new and used Harley-Davidsons, general manager Colin Lee often helps match first-time riders with their ideal bike. Additionally, the shop’s service department assists in identifying torque, power, and riding problems, while also souping up bikes with customized add-ons such as audio systems, paint jobs, and Honus Wagner rookie cards to shove in the spokes.
The computer-driven wash tunnel at Carisma Wash scours vehicles in four minutes or fewer, but that doesn't mean cutting corners. In fact, during the brief cycles, a parade of mild, wet, and grease-cutting soaps coat the body, tires, and windows of cars four times or as many as it takes to remove hitchhikers from the roof rack. Wheels covered with soft cloth gently scrub grime while passengers stay comfortably seated inside.
Washes range from the basic Touch It Up to The Ultimate, which encompasses everything from UV protectant to an undercarriage scrub. After an air dry, customers emerge and grab self-service vacuums to free interiors of crumbs and nephews who fell between the seats. Employees stand by their handiwork, granting patrons a free wash if they're not satisfied after their first spin.
Friendly Ford of Crosby’s maintenance masters cosset automobiles with thorough preventive services. Re-slick your horseless carriage’s pumping pistons with a 30-minute lubricating oil change. The service begins with an experienced auto technician draining the used, grimy oil and removing the expired oil filter. Then, engines undergo a 5-quart transfusion of new oil and get acquainted with a fresh new filter to sift out any potentially harmful impurities, such as dislodged particles of debris or misplaced oil-rigger hardhats. Appointments are recommended.
Versed in the inner workings of models from more than 100 different automobile manufacturers, the technicians at Hurricane Auto Glass fortify vehicles with high-performance window tinting and alarm-system installations. Protect cars from baddies with a thief-repelling basic alarm system, which uses shock sensors to alert passersby of attempted entry with high-pitched klaxons or the scolding voice of their third-grade teacher. Crews can also accentuate cars’ newfound confidence with a two- to three-hour window-tinting session. During each service, a staff member activates the window tint's adhesive with a soap solution, lures the four side windows up from their hiding places, and firmly presses the shaded film against the glass. The tint can help dwindle the penetration of heat by up to 80% and boasts a lifetime warranty.