Auto reinvention reigns supreme at Gators Auto Customs, where the skilled staff wields electronic, cosmetic, and cleaning equipment to transform rugged or out-of-date cars into pristine, modern modes of transportation. Detailing regimens revitalize the look and resale value of rides with a hand wash and coats of wax, and motorists can further revamp their vehicle by enlisting new wheels and tires or window tints that block out the sun's glare and the moon's mind-control rays. The techs further foster driveway envy by also enhancing interiors with music- and video-system installations and outfitting cars with sleek chrome accessories.
Led by owner J.W. McNeal, who has more than 25 years of car-care experience, the ASE–certified technicians at Tuffy Auto Service Center of Jonesville revamp vehicles during maintenance and repair services. The techs showcase their ardor for autos by touting membership to the Automotive Service Association and eagerly peeking under hoods to swap oil filters, replace batteries, and diagnose engines with gingivitis. Stationed in the facility's three garage bays, they wave all vehicle makes and models in for service on a slew of parts, including mufflers, brakes, and tires.
While their cars are with the mechanics, auto owners can nab complimentary snacks, coffee, and cold drinks in a waiting area that boasts black leather chairs, WiFi, a kids' play table, and glass display cases lined with model cars that thwart dust with miniature wiper blades. The community-oriented shop strives to be a neighborhood garage and has donated to the Gainesville Fisher House Foundation in an effort to help military families.
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.
Since 1985, All Tune and Lube's trained techs have kept autos rolling with preventative-maintenance, engine, and transmission services. At locations throughout the country, All Tune extends everything from oil changes and brake adjustments to repairing air conditioners and cleaning out fuel-injection systems, which marathon runners call their mouths. All Tune now also fits cars of all makes and models with tires from brands such as Goodyear and Bridgestone and execute tire rotations and precision wheel balancing.
At ATC Window Tinting, technicians line the surfaces of cars and homes with more than 30 types of film, each bearing a useful set of characteristics. Antireflective coverings subdue hazardous glares that could cause traffic accidents, and solar-protection films block out heat while driving in the sunshine or rolling through a tanning salon. Paint-protection films deflect damage caused by rocks, salt, or gravel displaced by a vehicle's wheels. The techs also decorate surfaces with custom graphics and protect headlights and taillights with Lamin-x film. Mobile tinting, with hours extended into the nights and weekends, makes the service convenient for patrons in surrounding areas.