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With more than 40 years of combined experience in managing service stations, the Daggle family recognized an opportunity to help the community where others saw only disrepair. After purchasing Columbia Car Wash, the family renovated the property, adding a full-service wash center with a highly efficient 90-foot bay. The Daggles have remained committed to eco-friendly practices, including water and energy conservation and biodegradable cleaning agents. The station is open year-round, relieving exteriors of road salt in the winter, pollen in the spring, and the remnants of cars' Halloween makeup in the fall.

Staffers can put finishing touches, such as a towel dry and tire shine, on the soaking, cleaning, and clear-coat and surface protection performed by the automated bay. In addition to washes and interior and exterior detailing at the wash center, an adjacent tire and auto-care facility offers Maryland state emissions inspecions and a variety of automotive services.

10611 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia,
MD
US

For over 40 years, the experts at Precision Automotive Service Center have been extending the life of autos while educating customers with practical advice. The auto center’s cadre of ASE-certified technicians stand by their work, offering an 18,000-mile warranty on all services performed. After technicians tinker with brakes, alignment, and engines, specialists can also primp vehicles with detailing packages or install custom electronics such as subwoofers, digital-media screens, and keyless-entry systems.

1945 Julia St
Harrisburg,
PA
US

As both business partners and brothers, Mark and Robert Beichler pool more than 40 years of collective experience. With the help of a staff of ASE master technicians, these seasoned troubleshooters oust hard-to-find problems with services that range from computer diagnostics to oil changes, tune-ups, and repairing damaged parts. They're also certified to outfit autos with Goodyear tires and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Halloween costumes.

9126 Harford Rd
Parkville,
MD
US

The ASE-certified technicians at Ponte's Auto Care, a Napa AutoCare Center, bolster the performance of foreign and domestic buggies with clean oil and eagle-eyed examinations. During the 45-minute service, mechanics drain dirty oil from the car, replace it with up to five quarts of 5W-30 or 10W-30 oil, and install a filter to protect the engine from ego-crushing Blue Book values. After tires have been rotated, motor medics give the car an extensive health checkup, stopping to analyze fluid levels, interrogate the battery, check wiper blades, glance at belts, and ogle hoses. Techs also perform a 27-point visual inspection and present drivers with a printed report that records the results of the inspection along with the car's horoscope.

2401 Concord Pike
Wilmington,
DE
US

With 26 years of automotive service behind them, the techs at C&J Automotive, Inc. are equipped to handle any domestic or foreign car, truck, or SUV that limps into their shop. The team tackles all sorts of automotive issues?from oil changes and emissions inspections to small- and large-scale repairs for brakes, engine, suspensions, and the hoarse throats of overworked GPS navigators. But they don't just care for cars; the facility?which is ASE-certified and a NAPA AutoCare Center?also features free Wi-Fi and a shuttle for customers with places to be.

1001 Lancaster Ave
Berwyn,
PA
US

In 1994, fervid car-lover Jason Grubb opened HP Racing and started reconditioning cars. As the business grew, the shop moved multiple times, until Jason and his team finally arrived at their current location in Glen Burnie. Grubb's modern shop features lifts, exhaust-bending equipment, and an entire department dedicated to window tinting. HP Racing technicians can install every item from a stock of parts, accessories, and motorcycle training wheels.

705 Crain Hwy.
Glen Burnie,
MD
US