The Toyota Corolla was in sad shape, with its driver-side door crumpled after what must have been a nasty sideswipe. But the missing window, crushed panel, and nonfunctional lock mechanism ended up being an easy fix for Malden Broadway Auto Body’s technicians, who have been working in the face of rampant automotive destruction since 1945. Before and after stories like this are a hallmark of the team, who guide vehicles and their owners through every step of the rehabilitation process, from towing and insurance claims to repair and post-op lollipops.
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.
For more than 10 years, Fabio Gomes has passionately fixed and souped up all manner of vehicles, including high-end cars such as BMWs, Mercedes, and jewel-encrusted unicycles. Fabio's Auto Body Squad technicians also specialize in exterior paint touchups and dent removal, as well as total collision repair.
Select Airport Valet Parking's attendants lovingly look after every vehicle in their 500-space lot while owners are away, even ensuring that cars feel comfortable when they return. To do so, they keep a copy of the owner's travel itinerary, which alerts them when it's time to run the AC in the summer or warm a car in winter and scrape off snow. They also carry passenger luggage to and from their shuttle buses, taking care of the heavy lifting. Car care services can also be performed while owners are away, with options like oil changes, car washes, carpet cleaning, and reading vehicles bed time stories.
Masters of moving parts for more than three decades, the ASE–certified technicians at Automotive Services of Boston coddle cars inside and out with comprehensive details and repair services. Technicians eschew rough automated wash tunnels for gentle hand washes and waxes, coaxing showroom shines out of even the most shopworn autos. Their maintenance menu also covers car-care concerns across the alphabet, from air-conditioner and brake repair to towing services and tune-ups for the glove box’s built-in xylophone. Each service comes backed by the added peace of mind contained in the shop’s 100% maintenance warranty.
When the experts at Colonial Nissan of Medford aren't equipping customers with new and pre-owned vehicles, they mend careworn chariots in their service department. Of Colonial Nissan’s three factory master technicians, two draw on more than 25 years of experience with Nissan as they diagnose cars with computerized equipment, nurture them with maintenance services, and calm their frazzled fuel lines with promises of one-year or 12,000-mile warranties.
A comfy waiting room cossets customers with magazines and coffee while mechanics work. A 50-inch flat-screen TV entertains eyeballs with cable television, and free WiFi flows through the room in search of cell phones, computers, and brains to connect with. Colonial Nissan of Medford also offers a round-trip shuttle service to any destination within a 10-mile radius of the dealership.