MY Automotive takes its name from owners Mike Noel and Yuri Rozenblat, who started the business in 2006 with the goal of providing reasonable, timely service that doesn't come with pricey estimates. Both owners are ASE certified and specialize in maintaining and repairing European and luxury cars and trucks. But they can use their computerized diagnostic equipment to pinpoint problems on any vehicle, whether it's ailing from heating and air-conditioning problems or is in desperate need of a total engine overhaul. The duo also speaks English, Russian, and Ukrainian, allowing them to communicate their recommendations to a wider customer base and to program GPS devices to sing a variety of national anthems.
At Sound Performance, technicians upgrade cars with name-brand mobile electronics and alarm systems. They retool automotive acoustics with stereos, subwoofers, and speakers from brands such as Kenwood and Pioneer, and integrate smartphone ports into stereos so that motorists can tap into their music library while they drive. To protect the high-tech gadgets from the heat or the jealous eyes of strangers, technicians also install scratch-resistant LLumar window tints, which are cut with precision using a special computer system. Sound Performance prepares drivers for winter with remote starters, which enable drivers to warm up the car at the touch of a button without leaving the comfort of their home or curbside tanning bed.
Owner of Dents Unlimited, Marc LaFerriere, is a seasoned, Vale-certified technician with a special knack for paintless dent removal. Using a handful of tools, his trained staff pops out dents from the inside out, ridding vehicle exteriors of dings from hailstorms, car accidents, or errant shopping carts without the need for sloppy paint touchups. LaFerriere also specializes repairing damaged autos after major collisions, along with providing window tinting and glass repair. The 17,000-square-foot facility also has space for maintenance services such as oil changes, and a waiting area with wooden floors, leather couches, and kids’ toys. To promote exterior beauty, his will team paint vehicular bodies and seals them with paint protection film.
From the moment customers arrive at Kwik Kar, the impeccably clean facility and friendly faces of trained professionals will make them feel as though they're about to embark on a glamorous yet speedy journey. Sit back and relax while deft oil changers swap out oil and perform a comprehensive check and fill of window washer, antifreeze, power steering, brake, transmission, front and rear differential, and transfer of case fluids. The staff of auto whisperers will also inspect a number of important vehicle components, including the exhaust system and belts and hoses, helping each vehicle cruise smoothly and stop burping at the drive-thru window. Also included with the Groupon is a voucher for an $8 Kwik Wash, redeemable at Kwik Kar Wash & Detail on Edgewood Drive, ensuring refreshed autos look as good as they feel.
John Caraway is a perfectionist. He's also a certified auto-body technician. At Dent Wrx, located inside of Phillipe's Auto Body, John is able to combine these two traits by restoring dented surfaces back to an overall smooth finish on vehicle exteriors. Caraway and his team of technicians use specially designed tools to massage away dents caused by hail or overzealous rice throwers who got kicked out of the wedding they were attending. Paintless dent repair is also available for customers. Services restore surfaces without the use of putty or additional paint, and they won't damage the finish of existing paint. As an added bonus, Dent Wrx sometimes provides loaner cars so that patrons don't have to ride the family dog to work.
The eight workstations at The Tuning Spot hum with the staccato clicks of socket wrenches and the soprano whine of air tools. Industrious figures crane their necks beneath a scissor lift and slip under rides in flat bays. The industrious workers aren’t licensed mechanics, though— they are the cars’ owners, learning to baby their own rides in the 7,000-square-foot DIY garage.
Burgeoning technicians gather together in the bustling shop, discussing issues with timing belts and fuzzy dice that only ever come up snake eyes. A team of experienced mechanics stands by, ready to jump in and assist. ALLDATA, an online database of repair tips and specs, also aids students as they learn to care for rides without expensive trips to mechanics.
Columbia Mall Car Wash restores vehicles to pristine condition with its executive car-wash package, a multifaceted cleanse that takes a mere 20 minutes. Frisky autos can wag their tails with glee as the wash’s suds-slingers soak and hand-dry their exteriors and vacuum their carpets, floors, and seats. A clear-coat finish helps protect paint jobs from weathering, and a body-luster foam wax guards the car's shell against acid rain and even more acidic sunshine. Sealer wax helps lock in each car’s freshness and ocular appeal. Undercarriages receive a swabbing of their own to remove salt, plus an application of rust inhibitor to ward off corrosion.