The founding family of King's Tire and Wheel Inc. opened their first retail tire shop in 1987. Today, they dot maps of Southern California with distribution centers, getting brand-name tires and wheels onto cars while keeping prices low. But the technicians at King's service stations busy themselves with more than just tires; they also keep cars roadworthy with routine-maintenance services such as oil changes, brake services, and inspirational lectures.
From washes to waxes, the technicians perform everything by hand at Super Kleen Car Wash. Cars can quickly scoot in and out of the garage during the basic wash, which techs top off with a full interior vacuuming, wipe-down, and giant smooch. Meanwhile, more extensive packages, such as the VIP, take cleanings a step further with Armor All treatments, carnauba wax, and Lexol leather conditioner.
The car-window experts at Doctor Auto Glass patch up chips at their facility and bravely journey to ailing autos for on-location windshield replacements, backing their services with a lifetime warranty. During the chip-restoration process, which takes 30 minutes per chip, expert glass-care technicians repair up to three dings in the car's front window, ensuring they won’t expand into full-grown cracks or start hiding behind tacky sunglasses. Doctor Auto's technicians also travel to car-owners’ homes or businesses to replace windshields ($250+) and keep fierce highway winds from gaining access to drivers’ faces; the wandering windshield swappers need about 2 hours to safely secure the new windshield.
Temple City Car Wash beautifies auto exteriors with meticulous washes and detailing beneath a cheery-red roof. Certified Meguiar's detailers draw from the shop's 38 years of expertise as they wield soft cloths, spray bottles, and whirring wax buffers during 10-minute express washes or lengthy detailing sessions. Recycled water splashes eco-friendly soap off hoods and guides shampoo suds through interior carpets, and luxe waxes and clay-bar treatments polish paint and stave off oxidation before molding into ornamental hood golems.
M.R. Tire Solutions keeps automobiles moving as it equips them with a selection of more than 30 tire brands and a variety of wheels and accessories from domestic, European, and Asian auto-parts manufacturers. The tire shop also maintains vehicles with rotations, visual brake analysis, repairs, balancing, and other services.
A real stock car roars around a banked oval track. As it navigates the chicanes and wrestles g-forces to the floor, a coach's voice crackles in the driver's ear. This isn’t the Indy 500; it's L.A. Racing. Featured on NBC Today in L.A., L.A. Racing's Adventure programs let would-be racers grip the wheel during fast-forward laps around a real track. This video shows the rubber meeting the road at Irwindale Speedway.
Inside, L.A. Racing's instructors educate new drivers with BlueTiger simulators, helping them get a feel for new tracks and learn to follow the proper line through turns. These practice cars feature realistic racing effects—engine vibrations, road-surface texture, bumping, and deer attacks, for example. Competition courses are available for drivers who want to take racing to the next level and master advanced techniques such as throttle control, trail braking, and passing.
Nu-Way Hand Car Wash's dirt disputants employ a slew of services and tender hands to efficiently purge filth from roadsters of all types. During each 20-minute expert wash, expert muck-busters soap up metal chassis by hand, eschewing automatic cleaners that scar vehicles with scratch-prone clumsiness and unmanicured robotic hands. Next, a shower washes away suds-encased gunk before a thorough drying renders exteriors radiant and ready for reflecting sunlight in Morse code. As a clean-certifying bonus, each wash finishes with an interior cleansing, which vacuums away dirt and crumbs, wipes down dusty dashboards, and cleans cup holders left sticky from turn-induced soda overflow.