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.
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.
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.
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.
With its fleet of luxury buses and limousines, Columbia Party Bus makes sure that the journey is as fun as the destination. Up to 12 passengers can comfortably lounge in a Lincoln super-stretch limo, equipped with a stellar sound system and wet bar. Leather wraparound seating hosts up to 18 in the VIP Entertainer limo, where visitors can craft drinks at three bars, soundtrack the festivities with tunes from CDs and iPods, or watch a DVD on the giant HDTV screen. The Dictator, a 24- to 40-person party bus, evokes a nightclub atmosphere with front and rear bars, multiple TVs, two laser-light systems, a separate VIP section, and a bouncer strapped to the roof. As Columbia Party Bus's pro drivers safely navigate clients through Columbia and its outlying areas, a complimentary concierge service eases logistical hassles by procuring dinner reservations, live DJs, and event tickets.