Originally founded in 1959 by Kurt Ziebart as Ziebart International Corp., Ziebart has morphed from an auto-rust-prevention outfit into a full-service auto accessory and detail shop that has cropped up at some 400 locations in 30 countries. Performing everything from window tinting and professional detailing to electronics installation, Ziebart's experienced staff cares for cars with high-end products, including seasonal paint protectant and the company’s renowned rust inhibitors. To protect cars inside and out, Ziebart technicians also install accouterments such as alarm systems to thwart thieves and sunroofs to thwart unflattering film negatives from processing correctly (services may vary by location).
Bobby & Steve's Auto World repairs, maintains, and spruces up autos across eight Twin Cities locations, each decked out in vintage Coca Cola and Chevy memorabilia. On-site mechanics tackle all kinds of transportation-related jobs, from oil changes and flat tires to broken glass and sputtering exhaust pipes. The specialists can also tow your car, replace feeble batteries, and calmly persuade doors to open after extended lock-outs. At the detail shop, a team of highly trained reconditioning techs uses specialized tools to gussy up your car. They'll remove oxidation with orbital polishers or deep-clean carpets with hot water extractors. The shop also has an arsenal of more than 20 chemicals to treat all types of surfaces; enlist their help for vinyl and leather conditioners or Rain-X solution, which fends off stains due to precipitation or truck beds full of sports mascots with super soakers.
For more than 35 years, the highly trained technicians at Precision Tune Auto Care have been the sworn enemy of check-engine lights around the globe, battling auto troubles with a full array of maintenance and repair services. They tackle problems both cosmetic and mechanical on sedans, SUVs, minivans, and even hybrids, which require special care since they’re half car and half human. From 350 locations in six countries, these car clinicians hone their expertise by servicing 2.5 million vehicles each year.
The certified technicians at Victory Auto Service & Glass dish out oil changes and winter auto checkups with award-winning ethics and a reputation for excellent hospitality. As customers watch from cozy waiting areas, car bellies are drained of old oil and stale Mellow Yellow seeping through dashboard heating vents. Then, 5 quarts of standard motor oil quenches parched engines (synthetic oil is available at an extra cost). Meanwhile, the hazards of winter roads get minimized with the 50-point Peace of Mind inspection. In about 20 minutes, important vehicle vitals are checked, including exhaust systems, tire pressure, and dashboard lights. Inspections comb most major automotive functions—including break lines, shocks, and all fluids—determining each element as passing, in need of future attention, in need of immediate attention, or in need of a hug. Victory Auto Service & Glass covers all of its new parts and labor with a two-year, 24,000-mile warranty.
Dave Juntunen made his foray into the automotive industry in 1996 by working as a restoration technician for Kirk's Volkswagen—one of the largest facilities of its kind in the United States at the time. He started out with washing and waxing, but his detail-oriented personality prevented him from cutting any corners. Eventually, he progressed to exacting tasks such as paint correction, clear-coat restoration, and wet sanding. He also studied stain, scratch, dent, and paint technology.
With this knowledge, Dave started his own auto garage for exotic and European vehicles, which he dubbed Top Gear Autoworks. He later founded Twin Cities Detailing, where he and two other technicians primp elite chariots such as Lamborghinis, Mercedes, and ancient Roman quadrigas. They offer everything from basic details to in-depth sessions featuring clay-bar treatments, Menzerna products, and a three-step polishing process. When they aren't washing roadsters, Dave and his team repair upholstery, apply tinted window films, and decorate façades with pin striping to make autos look slim.
Noble Parkway Mobil, a AAA Top Shop, combines a full-service repair shop, an automated car wash, and a handy convenience store stocked with hot coffee, cold pops, and tasty treats. In the shop, teams of ASE-certified mechanics rotate tires, carry out routine oil changes, and tackle clutch, muffler, and transmission repairs. Car cleaners prep automobiles by hand before sending cars through an automated wash cycle that buffets them in a flurry of gentle soft cloths, much like a cruise through a pillow factory. In addition to gazing into open hoods or making sure the light at the end of the wash tunnel is turned on, the technicians at Noble Parkway Mobil look after the needs of the community around them, working in tandem with local nonprofit Kaposia to find employment for workers with developmental disabilities.