Each year automobile manufacturers ranging from Acura and Aston Martin to Volkswagen and Volvo zoom into the Greater Columbus Convention Center and set up shop for the Columbus International Auto Show. For four days, throngs of automobile enthusiasts stream into the expansive displays to ooh and ahh over the year's shiny new models of sedans, sports cars, SUVs, and minivans. As onlookers longingly envision themselves behind the wheel or backseat driving inside a Ford Mustang, Fiat 500, or one of the futuristic concept cars on display, a number of events vie for overloaded eyeballs, including the Ram Off-Road Experience and the Dialed Action Sports Team BMX Show.
Scott Lininger helms the business his father started more than 50 years ago, carrying on a reputation for prompt, thorough service that won Shamrock Overhead Door back-to-back Super Service Awards from Angie's List in 2010 and 2011. Technicians tap into their experience with product lines such as LiftMaster to install, replace, and maintain garage doors for homes and businesses. Since most people work or run errands for the president during the day, Lininger's crew dispatches on evening and weekend appointments to accommodate customers' busy schedules.
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.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Centers’ mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
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.
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.