Bryant Mobile Detailing's scrupulous technicians sanitize vehicles at the customer's location with hand mitts, Cyclo polisher, and Meguiar's wax. During the express detail, cars lounge comfortably in their parking spot, driveway, or massage chair as techs prep them with a pressure wash and then perform a hand washing with a gentle wash mitt and mild detergent. After a chamois dry, detailers direct compressed air into any crevices to clear away debris, then coat the exoskeleton with Cyclo polisher and Meguiar's wax, which guards the finish for up to 12 weeks. Next, they dress the tires and wheel wells with a high-silicone rubber and plastic dressing, and blast bits of dust from interior hiding spots with a compressed air gun before sending the car galloping happily down the road.
Technicians at Columbia Glass Tinting, formerly known as The Tint Center, coat home, office, and automotive windows with film, and they sustain customer relationships through their commitment to quality service. They present a range of decorative films with different patterns and colors with which to embellish windows and increase privacy. Technicians also use SunTek window films to reduce energy costs, prevent fading, and strengthen glass against storms and an NBA player confusing the car's window for a backboard. When it is not tinting windows, Columbia Glass Tinting's team also protects paint jobs and replaces glass.
The eight workstations at The Tuning Spot hum with the staccato clicks of socket wrenches and the soprano whine of air tools. Industrious figures crane their necks beneath a scissor lift and slip under rides in flat bays. The industrious workers aren’t licensed mechanics, though— they are the cars’ owners, learning to baby their own rides in the 7,000-square-foot DIY garage.
Burgeoning technicians gather together in the bustling shop, discussing issues with timing belts and fuzzy dice that only ever come up snake eyes. A team of experienced mechanics stands by, ready to jump in and assist. ALLDATA, an online database of repair tips and specs, also aids students as they learn to care for rides without expensive trips to mechanics.
MY Automotive takes its name from owners Mike Noel and Yuri Rozenblat, who started the business in 2006 with the goal of providing reasonable, timely service that doesn't come with pricey estimates. Both owners are ASE certified and specialize in maintaining and repairing European and luxury cars and trucks. But they can use their computerized diagnostic equipment to pinpoint problems on any vehicle, whether it's ailing from heating and air-conditioning problems or is in desperate need of a total engine overhaul. The duo also speaks English, Russian, and Ukrainian, allowing them to communicate their recommendations to a wider customer base and to program GPS devices to sing a variety of national anthems.
John Caraway is a perfectionist. He's also a certified auto-body technician. At Dent Wrx, located inside of Phillipe's Auto Body, John is able to combine these two traits by restoring dented surfaces back to an overall smooth finish on vehicle exteriors. Caraway and his team of technicians use specially designed tools to massage away dents caused by hail or overzealous rice throwers who got kicked out of the wedding they were attending. Paintless dent repair is also available for customers. Services restore surfaces without the use of putty or additional paint, and they won't damage the finish of existing paint. As an added bonus, Dent Wrx sometimes provides loaner cars so that patrons don't have to ride the family dog to work.
Owner of Dents Unlimited, Marc LaFerriere, is a seasoned, Vale-certified technician with a special knack for paintless dent removal. Using a handful of tools, his trained staff pops out dents from the inside out, ridding vehicle exteriors of dings from hailstorms, car accidents, or errant shopping carts without the need for sloppy paint touchups. LaFerriere also specializes repairing damaged autos after major collisions, along with providing window tinting and glass repair. The 17,000-square-foot facility also has space for maintenance services such as oil changes, and a waiting area with wooden floors, leather couches, and kids’ toys. To promote exterior beauty, his will team paint vehicular bodies and seals them with paint protection film.
For 15 years, Intelli-Dent's paintless dent repair has smoothed away dings without damaging original factory finishes. The specialty technique relies on massaging exteriors from the inside, which activates the metal's memory and restores it to its initial shape. The eco-friendly process can remove dings between the size of a dime and a half dollar that were caused by hail, minor collisions, and forays into car acupuncture.
The shop's team of skilled technicians can also tend to vehicles with more conventional repairs, eradicating bumper damage and other primarily cosmetic woes. As they work, the staff consults closely with insurance companies to make sure their repairs are cost-effective.