Wilhelm Schafer opened his small auto-repair garage in 1954. In the decades since, he and his team of ASE master technicians have expanded the business to a state-of-the art seven-bay shop equipped to maintain and repair vehicles of any make. The maintenance team’s repertoire includes Pennsylvania state and emission inspections, advanced diagnostics, and powertrain teardown and replacement. In the event of emergencies, the team also provides 24-hour flatbed towing.
Penn Scooters’ electric vehicles zip riders along the streets and alleyways of Philadelphia, offering an up-close perspective on the city. As riders cruise by the city’s myriad historical attractions, they can take comfort in the knowledge that their compact transport causes much less harm to the environment than vehicles that run on gasoline, coal, or wheels made of chainsaws.
Not only do Hollowsands Luxury Limousine’s courteous and professional chauffeurs remove the hassle of navigating through traffic, but they also allow customers to set up appointments, hassle-free, thanks to a 24/7 online scheduler. Customers can request a ride to the airport or a special event in any of the company’s vehicles, from executive sedans to SUVs to stretch limousines fit for 20. Custom-created city tours guide birthday celebrators across Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York, allowing them to take in the sights without getting cake frosting on the steering wheel.
Though it may seem counterintuitive for a car detailer and repairman to want to prevent the dings and dents that he works to fix, that’s exactly what Domenico Nigro hopes to do. He’s developing a slew of smartphone apps designed to keep teenagers safe on the road by blocking them from sending text messages and monitoring their speed for parents. For those not so lucky, his Autobody Accident Assistant app arms drivers with all of the tools they’ll need in case of a collision: their insurance information, emergency numbers and contacts, their exact location, and, of course, the number of their auto-body shop of choice. Domenico hopes that his customers will plug in his number.
The team at Nigro’s Auto Body repairs cars in the Italian method that the staff learned firsthand from Domenico’s father and co-owner in Nigro’s Auto Body, Aniello. The staff also includes Domenico’s cousin Raffaele Mele, who immigrated to the States from Italy to work in the shop, and Joseph Coulter, who has been part of the team since Nigro’s Auto Body opened its doors in 1984. Together, they perform an extensive list of services that include fiberglass repair, custom paint, bodyline sculpting, antique-car restoration, and collision repair. Before any service, they complete a free estimate and give expert advice as to whether your car needs a new engine or if its current one is just playing dead. They also help customers reserve a rental car if needed while their car is in the shop, and they back many of their repairs with a lifetime guarantee.
Racetrack Auto Spa & Lube uses a soft-touch cleaning system to gently restore cars to their natural states of sparkle. During The Works washes, high-speed transporters receive triple-foam soapings, hand-towel pat downs, and polishings. Auto pamperers vacuum car floors and seats, wipe the dashboard, clean and defog windows, and clear dirt and jam from doorjambs. The wash also includes an undercarriage wash, wheel treatment, and clear coats of protective wax that make a car shine brighter than a bird wrapped in tinfoil flying toward the sun.