The brick walls of SLR Auto Spa & Cafe have seen it all, from tiny, rough paint patches that demand the careful caress of clay bars to windshield bug splatters that rival Jackson Pollock paintings. Without batting an eye, SLR's staff erases the damage with fast hand washes and detailing services that scrub autos from rear hatch to engine block. While awaiting their newly cleaned chariots, patrons sip cappuccinos or sink forks into plates of biscuits and gravy in the cozy café area as they surf the public WiFi or affix their eyes to the dual TV screens hung on a bright-red accent wall.
Delta Sonic Car Wash renews tarnished transportation with an innovative touchless car-wash system that automatically guides vehicles through a tunnel of high-pressure sprays and overhead buffing cloths. The hands-free wash massages mild lotions into paint jobs, leaving vehicles with sparkling, fingerprint-free finishes that are backed by a five-day guarantee. Detailing technicians do get their hands dirty as they make use of more than 100 hours of training to dote on vehicle interiors and exteriors with products from ValuGard, Aquapel, and Blue Coral. The team wields AOCA certification know-how when injecting engines with oil and devising rustproofing treatments that avoid drilling holes or covering corrosion in zit cream.
President Denny Guest and his friendly sales staff have a reason to be proud: last year they delivered more than 1,800 vehicles to local friends, families, and companies in the Chicagoland area. With an expansive inventory—more than 400 vehicles on hand at all times—they deal both new and used autos from Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, and Ram, and their preowned inventory can also include makes such as Chevrolet, Honda, and Toyota. New vehicles come backed by a factory warranty, and certified preowned vehicles safely ride under the umbrella of a three-month, 3,000-mile maximum-care warranty and a seven-year, 100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. Should cars suddenly fall victim to mechanical malice or the pranks of a teenage motorcycle, the parts and service department is quick to offer repairs ranging from oil changes and engine tune-ups to state inspections and full detailing.
The factory-trained technicians at Sutton Ford bolster auto performance and aesthetics with full-service oil changes and car washes. During the two-hour service, mechanics drain spent oils, swap them for up to 6 quarts of clean lubricant, and install a filter to protect the engine from admitting contaminants or losing the ghosts the run the pistons. A tire rotation equalizes tread wear, and eagle-eyed inspections head off possible brake problems or unassumingly low under-hood fluid levels. Mechanics also circulate amongst the auto's vital components during their 27-point inspection, checking tires for proper inflation, peeking in on belts and hoses, and testing the battery before penning a checkup report detailing the results of the snooping. Postservice, cars play nice with streaming water jets, suctioned-minded vacuums, and trickles of protective wax before galloping down the road to make highway debuts or win rounds of hide-and-go-seek with neighborhood tow trucks.
Bob and Jim Hawkinson studied at the feet of their father, who opened his first car dealership in 1961. Today, the two oversee their father’s legacy at Hawkinson Nissan, commanding an inventory of new Nissans and used vehicles with the same automotive authority that their father exhibited. While new cars flaunt their empty odometers in the showroom, and Hawkinson’s curated preowned vehicles flex their strong motors, ASE-certified and Nissan-trained technicians toil in the service and parts departments getting cars of any make and model back up to peak performance.