With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Tire & Auto 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 reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
For more than half a century, Suntrup Automotive Group has been a thriving hub for the exchange and maintenance of man's best mechanical friend. Oil changes, tire rotations, safety inspections, and training-wheel adjustments are only a few of the many services that the factory-trained technicians offer to cars, SUVs, and trucks. While their jalopies are on the mend, motorists can visit the waiting area to test-drive computer workstations, complimentary WiFi, TVs, and vending machines. All locations also house lots filled with new and preowned vehicles from companies including Nissan, BMW, Ford, and GMC, each of them eagerly waiting for the chance to call your garage its home.
For more than 30 years, the technicians at West County Auto Body—who are certified by the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair—have specialized in full-service collision and body repair, from removing dents to restoring frames to factory specifications using a digital measurement system. Their shop is home to a computer paint-matching system and a downdraft paint booth, which they use to spray cars and any uncolorful drivers with even coats of Sikkens paint. There's also a team ready to handle glass and hail-damage repairs. In addition to its auto-body services, West County's team also boasts ASE-certified technicians who perform full-service mechanical repairs on all makes and models, including state-licensed vehicle inspections. Most jobs come backed by a lifetime warranty.
Backed by a decade of dedicated tradition, the ASE Certified technicians at Midtown Tire & Auto extend a full compliment of services designed to smoothen out rides and lengthen the lives of all visiting vehicles. During the standard oil change, Midtown's certified mechanics replace old, worn-out oil with fresh-faced young fluid, straight from lubricant college and To help new oil adjust to its new job of safeguarding precious moving parts, a fresh oil filter is included. Technicians then rotate tires to ensure even wear and perform a comprehensive winter inspection of more than 20 key points. Brake pads, rotors, visible brake lines, battery, starter, and alternator are all checked, kicking safety and performance concerns out to the curb, where the worried worms wallow.
Since 1988, Auto Care Super Saver has been helping car owners save cash with maintenance punch cards redeemable at local auto shops throughout the course of a full year. These cards come loaded with all kinds of prepaid services, including at least three full-service oil changes with up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a new filter. Depending on the location, punch cards may also feature tire rotations, brake inspections, engine-light readings, air-conditioning performance tests, and other repairs and inspections essential to a car's well-being. Customers can transfer the punch card's benefits to any ride, ranging from station wagons to sports cars to feral merry-go-round mounts.
With more than 28 years of experience, Columbia Auto Repair owner Chuck Halpern lives by a simple mantra: get the job done right—the first time. His team of ASE-certified technicians keeps this in mind whenever they change oil, adjust brakes, or rebuild transmissions for all makes and models. Technicians also collaborate to cure errant alignment issues, de-bug difficult electronics, and perform state inspections to fend off the fine for noncompliance: one really gross wet willy.