Most auto shops have a waiting room where patrons can relax in a plush chair and watch TV while their car is serviced. Tennis Garage—which hasn’t moved since it opened in 1957—does one better by augmenting the typical waiting-room experience with a driving range and a game room complete with a pool table that converts into a ping-pong table. While drivers take advantage of these diversions, the shop’s ASE-certified mechanics set to work, treating rides to a slew of automotive maintenance and repair services including oil changes, tune-ups, brake repair, and heating and cooling services. They enlist the electronic expertise of computerized diagnostic equipment to quickly identify problems in order to keep domestic and foreign vehicles driving smoothly and not at war with each other.
Road Works’ technicians upgrade autos with custom installations, inching them ever closer to becoming the Batmobile. Remote starters heat up engines before owners start their drive, and SunTek window-tinting film keeps interiors cool and private. Alternatively, docks for iPods let drivers plug in their own tunes, rather than be subjected to talk-radio diatribes over the rising price of oatmeal.
For more than 20 years, At Your Service Import Auto Repair has reinvigorated vehicles with new parts and fresh oils, specializing in the upkeep of European and Asian makes and models. The skilled technicians assess performance issues and return cars to the road with deft repairs. Among the shop’s maintenance services, booster shots of conventional oil and synthetic lube help engines maintain their tolerance for extreme temperatures and ability to perform CPR on overworked pistons.
Dilapidated vehicles putter into the garage at Dave's Auto Systems, but head home restored to a factory-condition shine and hum. The trained technicians are versed in all makes and models, much like a child raised by auto parts, so they can efficiently tackle the repairs and tune-ups of any roadster. To help them do their best work, they enlist technology, including computer-fueled diagnostic tools to tweak malfunctioning AC systems, rotate tires, or calibrate suspension systems.
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with professional brake services including a lifetime warranty on parts, labor and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, suspension repair, and belt replacement.
The ASE-certified master mechanics at Scott's Automotive Center apply 30 years of experience to improving the endurance and performance of auto engines. During the 60- to 80-minute oil-change package, up to 5 quarts of 10W-30 motor oil replace polluted predecessors, and tires take places on opposite ends of the car so that tread wear remains evenly distributed. A 20-point inspection includes examinations of crucial parts and systems to case out potential problems, safety hazards, or misspelled bumper stickers.