Dennis Cooper started repairing cars from a simple one-door garage with two bays. Over the last 30 years, his needs have steadily grown, as his robust business repeatedly outgrew four- and six-bay facilities. He and his team of ASE-certified technicians now stretch their legs through eight service bays, with Dennis's wife, Kathy, keeping watching over the books. Experienced technicians—including two ASE master mechanics—perform maintenance and diagnostic services on every part of vehicles and frequently add to their knowledge with seminars and schooling.
The center boasts a Hoffman wheel alignment system, which uses a Windows operating system and multiple laser beams to ensure accurate alignment, as well as two oversized shop bays to accommodate larger and diesel vehicles. The Cooper's Automotive team can also soup up performance with off-road lift systems or give vehicles a distinctive look with a custom fixtures and chrome tips. Recognized for excellence in emissions repair, the shop also recently installed solar panels on its roof to produce electricity and reduce its carbon footprint.
Although Mototech's Chris Bond and Robert Mayer are ASE-certified experts in the maintenance of vehicles ranging from flashy Audis to muscular Dodges, their most important innovations are invisible to the naked eye. The co-owners both worked as engineers, but now exercise their knack for invention with product-developing companies, researching and designing chemical degreasers and cleaners with the least environmental impact. Their molecular triumphs grew into the shop's signature line of decontaminants, which they create onsite with environmentally friendly ingredients from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Design for Environment list. During day-to-day operations, knowledge of science empowers them to perform sustainable car modifications, such as converting a motor to run on renewable ethanol or a puppy's boundless love, and to implement a broad program to reduce energy costs and recycle waste such as motor oil. Bond and Mayer's met as industrial designers at Intelagard, a firefighting-equipment manufacturer, and bonded over their previous careers as mechanics. Missing friendly chats with clients and the impressions of Louise Jefferson wheezed out by jalopies, they quit the firm to open their ASE Blue Seal–recognized garage. Bond contributes specializations in metal fabrication, welding, and machining, and Mayer brings 12 years of expertise as a master mechanic and certification as an L1 advanced engine-performance specialist. They keep their team small to ensure a high quality of work and to welcome clients with familiar faces, and are a participating center in the NAPA AutoCare network, which guarantees parts and labor at any of its locations nationwide.
During a decade when Dirty Dancing was invigorating a generation of hoofers, Broadway Automotive's associates began invigorating horseless carriages with knowledgeable advice and sturdy parts from name-brand manufacturers. The shop’s staff built its services around a set of core ideals, such as knowing the ins and outs of an auto’s systems, offering the right products for each repair, and figuring out the trick to turning DeLoreans into time machines. Fast-forward to today’s world, and one will still find the same values imagined at the inception of the business, now backed by an expansive stock of 300,000 parts from Accel, DC Sports, and Shop-Vac. Staff associates also offer special services for ordering out-of-stock items, which can be delivered during the shop's business hours, seven days a week.
The ASE-certified mechanics at Gene's Continental Coach and Repair stay apace with automotive trends by punching in for regular training sessions. During the 45-minute service, cars guzzle up to five quarts of oil, settle into a new oil filter, and prepare to test-drive themselves out of the shop. Mechanics also replenish all fluid reservoirs, venture beneath the hood and car to check for problems, and ensure that headlights and interior lights are in proper working order. Customers who decide to leave their cars for repairs can hitch a free ride on Gene's shuttle, which whisks them to their destination while their car receives professional care.
The fully trained technicians at Pollard Friendly Jeep keep engines running smoothly with expert automotive care. During each 30-minute service, a savvy car tech replaces the filter and injects up to five quarts of new oil—Groupon customers can upgrade to synthetic oil for an additional $25—into vehicular veins. Technicians use a 30-point vehicle checkup to inspect the air filter, examine all fluids, and test the battery before sending cars happily on their way with a lollipop in their tire grip. Although no reservations are required, customers can schedule an appointment online or will an appointment into existence.