Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with the standard brake service including a lifetime warranty on parts, labor and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, factory maintenance services, batteries, belt replacement, and fluid services.
At Tuffy's, motor-vehicle caregivers spruce up patrons' horseless carriages and prepare them for a new season of dutiful service. After installing a new oil filter, auto artisans remove the old sludgy glop clogging the car's arterial system and replace it with up to five quarts of 5W-30 or 5W-20 conventional motor oil (a $31.99 value; diesel or synthetic oil costs extra). The staff will also rotate tires to prepare four-wheeled wonders for safe gliding (a $12 value) and perform an inspection to make sure air-conditioning systems are functioning properly to bring riders to the brink of coolness faster than Fonzie’s leather jacket ($9.99). Finally, a pair of fresh wiper blades (up to 22")—grown locally by organic-blade farmers—supplants worn-out window-rubbers ($22) and a specialist conducts an extensive 41-point maintenance inspection.
Treat your ride to a quick oil swap, tire remix, and checkup at Expert Car Care, where all technicians in the garage are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence, a collective tasked with dividing the grease monkeys from the jungle-jumping expatriate monkeys who merely pose as mechanics. Expert's veteran technicians will quickly swap out your car's oily soul, then carefully reposition your tires, compensating for any uneven wear caused by vehicle weight distribution and ever-shifting road conditions. Before your sweet stallion gets a lolli for good behavior, the experts will comb over 50 specific points for any reasons to deny them the sugary taste of road-safe praise.
For more than three decades, Soundcrafters has enhanced vehicles and homes with the latest audio, video, and navigational technology. Original owners Paul and Maryellen Papadeas still preside over eight skilled technicians, who draw on more than 150 years of combined experience as they equip cars, trucks, flat boats, and yachts with devices such as GPS systems and iPod interfaces. Whether outfitting a jalopy with power door locks or jazzing up a gingerbread house with a home-theater system, the professionals pay attention to every detail and don’t cut corners. They’ll tackle the installation of equipment from any quality brand, standing behind their work as confidently as a pop star’s swagger coach.
Spanos Motors' precision-minded technicians bolster the curve-hugging performance of imported and luxury makes such as Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, and Audi with expert maintenance. Founders and brothers Vic and Alex Spanos preside over a fleet of preowned chariots that includes Audi roadsters, BMW convertibles, and Mercedes-Benz Cabriolets. In the service shop, mechanics smooth auto bodies with paintless dent removal, repair wobbling wheels, and protect vulnerable auto underbellies with protective coating. Techs also protect cars' interiors and exteriors with Resist-All Protection and lavish rides with a full spectrum of detailing services, which imbue rides with enough swagger to arm-wrestle a forklift.
Daytona Toyota’s mechanical gurus delight automotive aficionados with the care and scrutiny of their service, decanting a deluge of fresh oil into filth-ridden engines and massaging tires to peak performance. Taking its cue from the 14th-century practice of bloodletting, Daytona Toyota’s oil change specialists extract the sodden black bile from your car’s interior and replaces it with liquefied gold ($24.95 value). A tire rotation ensures that vehicular wheels receive even wear over time ($29.95 value), and a comprehensive multi-point inspection takes note of procrastinating pistons under the hood. Customers uneager to wile away time in an auto garage can take advantage of a free shuttle service (15-mile radius) and continental breakfast and lunch served daily.