The Greater Toledo Auto Show cruises into SeaGate Convention Centre to showcase the latest models from some of the industry’s leading manufacturers, headlined by Cadillac, Mercedes Benz, Harley Davidson, and more. Amid the horsepower and engine revs, family-friendly attractions make the four-day event a gas for all ages, including mascot appearances, contests and giveaways.
With 45 full-time technicians in central Ohio, Dent Magic helps restore autos to their original showroom finish. The auto-body experts restore bumpers, wheels, upholstery, and paint, helping mend the tiny imperfections that come from hail, small pebbles, or an errant shopping cart. Dent Magic also deploys a phalanx of two-dozen mobile repair units that tend to doors, hoods, and bumpers in the one- to two-hour blink of an eye.
The ASE-certified mechanics at AAA Car Care Plus revive winter-worn wagons with an array of preventative-care services, available for most domestic makes and models. The spring fuel-efficiency checkup, which lasts 90 minutes or less, begins with a lube and oil change, including a new oil filter and up to five quarts of conventional motor oil (a $21.64 value; synthetic oils are available for an additional fee). Next, motor maestros conduct a 39-point visual inspection (a $22.67 value), followed by an electronic battery starting and charging test (a $44.39 value). An auto doctor will diagnose brake-pad health via visual brake inspection (a $44.39 value), and administer a tire rotation to ensure safe tire pressure, tread depth, and sense of equlibrioception (an $18 value).
Capital City Carwash & Detail’s 90-foot conveyor system removes the muck and grime from vehicles with soft cloths, high-pressure washes, and a veritable range of products such as triple-foam wax and Simoniz teflon treatment. For cars that need a little personal attention, the center’s Simoniz-certified detailers tend to advanced blemishes with steam extractors and buffers. No matter which method customers prefer, though, they can take advantage of the facility’s free vacuums to remove debris and dirt from the seats and carpeting.
Car-Detail4u's technicians fan themselves out throughout Pennsylvania and central Ohio armed with waxes and polishes to strong-arm dirt from car interiors and exteriors. The astute mobile detailers reawaken cars' showroom shines by hand washing, waxing, and polishing each painted finish before washing upholstery with steam cleaners and conditioning hard surfaces until they regain their crisp, like-new sheens. Add-ons such as headlight restorations and Rain-X glass treatments are also available, and the company’s winter snow-removal services take care to clear paths at clients' homes and businesses before sending the snow to live with a nice couple on a farm.
The experienced Automotive Service Excellence–certified mechanics at Dennis Automotive relinquish vehicles from conundrums caused by moistureless motors inside state-of-the-art facilities. Each oil change and chassis lube ($35) swaps old colanders for new filters before topping off tanks with up to 5 quarts of motor oil to keep pistons pumping smoothly. The tire rotation ($19.99) keeps treads from fading in the face of friction by rotating each tire's placement on the car, like a progressive game of musical chairs where everybody wins. While waiting on their repaired roadsters, proud auto owners can relax in either location's comfortable waiting area, replete with televisions, complimentary coffee, Internet access, and clowns who make balloon hats for adults.
Since Bob Sumerel opened his first retail tire store in 1968, he has always tried to put the customer first, next to all the gold-medal winners and Neil Armstrong. His store's 20-plus current locations offer an entire slate of auto services, from tire rotations and sales to oil changes. On the site's Why Bob Sumerel page, customers and employees discuss the benefits of the company, and the My Garage feature tracks car histories such as oil changes and service reminders. Every Bob Sumerel also operates under the Fixed Forever guarantee, promising that parts will work forever—up until the sun balloons to a red giant and swallows the earth with its unfathomably hot plasma—with warranties to cover any unforeseen problems.