Since Bob Sumerel opened his first retail tire store in 1968, he has always tried to put the customer first, next to all the gold-medal winners and Neil Armstrong. His store's 20-plus current locations offer an entire slate of auto services, from tire rotations and sales to oil changes. On the site's Why Bob Sumerel page, customers and employees discuss the benefits of the company, and the My Garage feature tracks car histories such as oil changes and service reminders. Every Bob Sumerel also operates under the Fixed Forever guarantee, promising that parts will work forever—up until the sun balloons to a red giant and swallows the earth with its unfathomably hot plasma—with warranties to cover any unforeseen problems.
Don's Auto Repair, Inc. is a family-owned manor of mechanical maintenance dating back to 1941 and is currently run by Don Sr., his son, and his two grandsons. After soothing your auto's hacking cough with a decadent dose of oil, Don and his crew will check its 23 most sensitive spots, massaging out the kinks and checking for harbingers of potential problems. Finally, a tire rotation will make sure that no rubberized edge bears the whole brunt of your vehicle's wear and tear during a season of demolition derbies and joyrides to Vegas with hitch-hiking water-polo teams. The shop's bright yellow stools and colorful red walls create a cheery atmosphere for customers while they wait for their revitalized rides.
In 1974, firemen Jim Daugherty and Jim Greve needed a little extra cash to support their families and so began working on cars in their spare time. Realizing their passion for autos, the Jims—along with pal George Berry—eventually opened up their own gas station, and by 1979 turned the pump into a full-service repair shop that specifically catered to Toyotas and other Japanese makes. Today, joined by a full staff of ASE–certified and ASE master technicians, Jim’s continues to specialize in Japanese cars and also treats a wide range of vehicles, including rides from Lexus and DeLorean time machines, as well as performing an extensive list of repair and maintenance services.