Owners Mike and Greg took over Xtreme Vehicle Designs in 2010, seeking to channel their 27 years of shared industry experience into a auto enhancement business that operates with a personal touch. Having seen the deficits of big-box retailers, they assembled a highly talented crew of gear heads, installation experts from Pioneer’s training force, technicians recently back from serving in Iraq, and graphics experts. Since they understand how important sound systems are to music lovers, they encourage their customers to bring their iPod, CDs, or mobile a capella bands into the demo room and test the equipment for themselves. This personal attention extends to all of their services, whether it’s the installation of a new sound, video, or security system, the application of LLumar tinted window film, or cosmetic upgrades such as vehicle graphics and detailing.
Tom Wood Ford’s trained technicians repair already owned vehicles as its expert sales staffers sell new and preowned ones. Car-care services include tire rotations, front-end alignments, and air-conditioner repairs. In addition, the collision center repairs vehicles damaged in accidents, and the service and parts department assists autos à la carte.
The Butler Auto Group comprises dealerships and certified service centers for Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, Scion, and Kia cars. The network also includes a certified collision and bodywork center for Toyota and Scion vehicles that’s staffed by a team of technicians adept at rejuvenating cars to pre-accident condition.
John Searcy started his battery business out of the back of his truck in spring 1950. He opened an official storefront in 1952, naming it Interstate Battery System after the new network of interstate highways that was under construction across the country. Over the next 60 years, his company expanded to all 50 states, as well as Australia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. Each Interstate All Battery Center location—as well as the company's online database—houses an extensive selection of batteries for cars, electronics, household items, and computers. They also collect power sources for security systems, medical equipment, and other niche devices. Many of their batteries come with a 45-day satisfaction warranty, though it doesn’t cover batteries stolen by siblings to power their Game Boys.
The GM-factory-certified technicians at Bill Estes Chevrolet spruce up all makes and models. Amid the hum of hydraulic lifts and electric wrenches, skilled mechanics perform all manner of maintenance tasks, from brake checks to flashy upgrades like headrest TVs and invisibility wax. Car owners can take advantage of local-shuttle services or chill out in a lounge area with WiFi, computers, and snacks.
Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center's factory-trained technicians welcome cars of all makes and models with perceptive service, clean oils, and extended hours. During the oil change, techs avoid eye contact with damaged oils as they drain them, replace them with up to 5 quarts of semi-synthetic, and install a filter to prevent restless gears from succumbing to friction or attempting to leave for the afternoon. Tires assume new positions on alternate sides of the car during a tread-protecting rotation, and brakes submit to scrutiny from perceptive techs on the lookout for damage or safety hazards.