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.
With five locations open seven days a week, Tires Plus is quick to set ailing cars on the mend. Since 1983, its expert staff has not only stocked tires from names such as BFGoodrich and Michelin but also performed countless tune-ups on ailing vehicles. Its services cover everything from a standard oil change to the replacement of sputtering transmissions or the aging radio personality that lives behind your speakers.
Billy Dinkel and Buzz Bonnette helm a team of techs who are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. They also participate in the International Automotive Technicians Network, which pools the experience of 47,713 professional techs from 135 countries. These roadster-savvy mechanics diagnose automotive ailments with electronic equipment and perform services such as oil changes and brake-pad replacements. They also repair electrical problems and replace air conditioners, electrical parts, ignition systems, and outdated stickers about how much you love your honor student. As a NAPA AutoCare Center, they back most of their repairs with a nationwide 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.