With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Auto Service has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X Auto Service reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
Drive & Shine's lengthy wash tunnel scrubs muck and mire from auto frames with eco-friendly soaps and nimble-fingered soft foam wraps. During the 10- to 15-minute service, an underbody wash cleanses the car's road-facing parts, and autos beam like a smiling hologram after being lovingly smothered in applications of clear-coat sealant and foam polish. A layer of Diamond Wax projects the radiant luster of the finish far into the future, and Wheel Brite and tire dressing keep the vehicle's rubber boots looking spick-and-span. To keep the interior looking sharp, technicians climb inside to vacuum dirt, debris, and crumbs from the rugs and seats, beat particles out of mats, scrub windows, and wipe dashes and door jambs with soapy foam wraps. Ten percent of Drive & Shine's proceeds will be donated to United Way, an organization that promotes healthy living and helps humans reach their full potential.
Starting out in 1981 as a humble gas station and tire center, Scott’s U-Save remains a family-owned operation but has grown into a full emporium of auto repair. Its 15 overhead lifts ensure speedy delivery of lube, brake, and suspension services, and its repeated inclusion on Southtown Star's Best of Chicago Southland list belies the staff's attention to detail. Scott’s boasts tires from all major manufacturers, including Michelin and Continental, and technicians outfit wheels on cars, trucks, and rickshaws of any size or shape with a selection of stylish rims to match.
The ASE-certified service technicians at Midas brace automobiles for winter during a 60-minute checkup, confiscating spent fluids, replacing them with up to 6 quarts of clean oil, and installing a filter to keep contaminants out. Rotations give tires a change of scenery and keep the tread wearing down evenly, and a brand-new pair of wipers replaces last season's rain swatters with a fresh set of blades ready for snow. After inspecting belts, hoses, coolant, fluids, and air filters, mechanics stop in on the battery to confirm a healthy charge, and conclude with a visual brake inspection to make sure the car stoppers can hold their own against slick roads, icy patches, and jaywalking snowmen.
The friendly car experts at Automotive Concepts secure and customize more than 7,500 vehicles a year with convenient upgrades including remote starters and keyless-entry systems. Professional installers master techniques to properly outfit rides on the first service and avoid glitches or trimmed corners associated with rushed jobs. Ignitions spark and cabins begin to warm up as customers start their cars by pressing the Code Alarm system's key fob. The one-button Prestige APS system starts vehicles from up to 1,200 feet away, and the Autopage C3 features two five-button transmitters that control both door locks and engines, and can be programmed to sound horns, flash parking lights, or reenact scenes from The Love Bug. All systems include two remotes in case drivers lock one in their car or so significant others have access to the automotive convenience.