ACT Audio's technicians merge their MECP certifications with the latest in automotive gadgetry to skillfully soup up rides with pristine sound and advanced mobile electronics. Utilizing recognized industry brands such as Memphis Car Audio, they bolster in-car sonics by installing new speakers or updating older stereos and backseat minstrels with iPod-friendly ports that allow digital jukeboxes on the road. Heated seats, radar detectors, and OnStar navigation systems slide seamlessly into cockpits at the hands of the capable techs, who also wire remote starters into ignition systems so drivers can warm up their cars without having to buy them coffee.
At Corky's Auto Parts, Frank Ravenola ably helms the business founded by his father, Carmine, outfitting and maintaining all types of vehicles and farm equipment with top-shelf parts and expert repair. Corky's prides itself on its hardworking employees, who blend an encyclopedic knowledge of all things automotive with neighborly friendliness, just like an assembly-line robot with a good, firm handshake. Its CarQuest affiliation helps the tidy local shop stock its shelves with parts and supplies for almost any make or model, and the store also keeps engines humming and exteriors looking shipshape with onsite paint mixing and machining and special orders of rare or hard-to-find parts.
Veteran-owned Cameron's Automotive's staff of ASE-certified master technicians fosters peak engine performance in foreign and domestic automobiles with booster shots of motor oil. The roughly 20- to 30-minute service commences as mechanics drain dirty oils from the car and dispose of them safely or donate them to needy oil lamps. To conclude, they administer up to 5 quarts of fresh conventional oil (additional fee for synthetic), which slickens the inner components as it surges to the engine.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Signature Service oil-change package, which promotes the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car—it cools the motor and prevents moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube’s savants perform air-filtration, electricity, and windshield services, among others. The technicians’ quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with Saran wrap.
A family-owned company caring for cars since 1988, V & F and its certified auto maestros administer comprehensive services and repairs to keep horseless buggies ready for the road. In an up to 90-minute process, the staff performs a routine maintenance service. They begin by treating bedraggled motors to up to five quarts of thirst-quenching motor oil and topping off fluids such as antifreeze, windshield fluid, and yellow bile to balance out each car’s sensitive humors. The tire rotation ensures wear is distributed evenly, and brake inspection prepares cars for impromptu taco stops. The meticulous car physical also checks the status of belts, hoses, batteries, and more, ensuring extensive automotive safety.