The team at Trinity's Quality Auto Care maintains domestic and foreign vehicles under the leadership of GM Master–certified and ASE Master–certified technician Steve Galyen, a community-focused family man who enjoys coaching and umpiring softball. Weary rides can roll themselves into the welcoming shop to meet the mechanics, who unleash an assortment of services ranging from oil changes to engine repairs and LASIK for the headlights. In addition to dealing with standard passenger automobiles, TQAC's techs take care of hybrid cars and offer fleet services for commanders of car armies.
From its humble origins in 1946 as a single glass shop, Speedy Glass has expanded across the country into a network of more than 120 locations, where technicians stand at the ready to repair and replace the glass in cars, homes, and offices. The centers' automotive technicians handle all manner of automotive window services, from tinting windows to repairing chips. To overhaul homes' glass panes, the residential specialists can cut, polish, and install fresh windows in the same day. They tackle projects ranging in scope from fashioning new glass tabletops to building solariums for clients who like to bask in the sun or teach clouds to spell swear words. Speedy Glass's workmanship and materials are backed by an array of warranties.
O'Brien Auto Group's factory-certified and trained technicians keep autos running friction-free, swapping grimy lubrication for conventional or synthetic motor oil. After a hydraulic Hercules lifts the vehicle skyward, a technician carefully drains its reserve of grease-infused oil. Steady hands then pour up to 5 quarts of synthetic or conventional oil into the reservoir, providing smooth-gliding efficiency for pistons and miniature catapults that make vehicles go vroom. Conventional motor oil provides long-lasting lubrication for most cars, but synthetic oil offers more consistent performance at extreme temperatures—ideal for summer road trips to Mercury. After autos are fully oiled, mechanics perform a complimentary 29-point inspection and thoroughly wash exteriors, making cars gleam like a body builder's slick pectorals.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
Serving gadget enthusiasts since 1978, Hear No Evil can equip any home or vehicle with the latest stereos, TVs, speakers, and sound- and vision-enhancing devices. The massive showroom boasts gizmos from brands such as Samsung, Krell, Alpine, and JL Audio, and the enthusiastic employees help customers with challenges attendant to purchasing audiovisual electronics, from figuring out which stereo system to buy to cloning a doppelgänger for helping them watch every episode of X-Files. Sandwich a music-loving brain in a pair of Grado SR60I headphones ($80), outfit a new set of wheels with two Kenwood KFC-1362S speakers ($50), or blast favorite tunes from a desktop or nightstand with a compact and stylish Zeppelin Mini iPod dock ($250). The expert staff can also install a newly purchased car stereo ($35+) or speakers ($50+), or put together a complicated home-theater system without requiring customers to lift a finger or translate stereo instructions written in Etruscan.
A family-operated business for more than 35 years, Sun Automotive populates its AAA-approved shops with ASE-certified master technicians who keep cars in proper driving order. During an oil change, vehicles eagerly slurp up a five-quart smoothie of fresh, conventional oil and try on a brand-new filter for size. The technicians also lube up the chassis and top off transmission fluid, radiator coolant, and windshield wiper-fluid before replacing windshield wipers and rotating the tires, which encourages even wear and tear and ensures that tires can live a long, fulfilling life until they retire in a junkyard. In addition, Sun Automotive's staff will examine cars during a 59-point inspection, diagnosing any potential problems and interpreting autos' most troubling dreams. Drivers also receive a free car-wash coupon, which they may redeem at Coburg Road Car Wash or Elite Car Bath.