Since 1966, Jon Nichols has divided his time between cruising atop a motorcycle and lying beneath it with a wrench and a perfectionist's determination. Spurred by his discontent with a bike's stock performance, he used his industrial acumen, honed by years as the owner of an aerospace-machine shop, to begin manufacturing lightweight motorcycle parts to help his bikes to perform better, faster, and with less whining about how all the other neighborhood bikes have little sidecars to play with. Years later, Jon and his wife, Lettie, opened Nichols Sport Bikes and staffed it with a team of skilled technicians. Bikes can be heard bolting from their 2,500-square-foot facility bolstered by revitalizing oil changes, maintenance, and a full line of Jon's Ducati replacement parts.
Air tools trill beneath racks of synthetic and standard oil at Acclaim Auto Care. Technicians perform oil changes, brake services, and preventive maintenance packages, drawing on gear and parts certified by an original equipment manufacturer. They also keep the latest diagnostic technology on hand to properly differentiate between urgent warning lights and dashboards trying to catch the eye of a supercomputer. Jugs of colorful liquids top off power-steering, transmission, and coolant fluids as the crew moves busily through the shop, installing superchargers and carbon-fiber enhancements.
Michael Rucker has been repairing cars since he was old enough to trade in his rattle for a wrench. He grew up around vehicles and went to trade school soon after graduating from high school. After working for numerous dealerships, Rucker decided to go it alone by purchasing A Auto Haus-Barron Automotive, a family-run establishment that had been around since 1985. Today, he calls upon more than two decades of experience in the auto industry and adds a personal touch to services that range from maintenance and smog checks to major engine repair. Whether the vehicle is American, Japanese, German, or a rocket-powered bumper car, Rucker is likely to know his way around it.
The technicians at ASE-certified Auto Care Specialists perform a wide slate of services, ranging from regular maintenance to large-scale repairs. These include oil changes, computer diagnostics, and battery, engine, and transmission servicing. Their facility offers free Wi-Fi as well as a courtesy shuttle and loaner cars.
Sunnyvale Car Spa, Inc, spruces up rides with safe and gentle hand washes. A meticulous staff forgoes brushes for cloths as they wipe away dirt and grime from roof to hubcap, leaving behind a pristine clean without scratching the paint or tickling the hood ornament. Helpings of wheel brightener and spray wax lock in vehicles’ newfound luster, and a fragrant spray banishes odors from the cabin. In addition to washing cars, Sunnyvale also fills them and their owners up with their full-service gas station and convenient store.
As cars undergo one of Premier Car Wash's many services, which range from basic washes to complete interior and exterior detailing packages, drivers can sip on beverages from the espresso and coffee bar, surf the Web on free WiFi, or even polish their chrome loafers at the onsite shoe-shining station. Staffers enhance the experience with additional services not found at many car washes, including window tinting, windshield repair, headlight restoration, and dent removal.