Brake-O-Rama began as one location in 1949 but now boasts 14 service centers speckled across the East Coast. Together these automotive hospitals work as a force, repairing and maintaining domestic and imported vehicles of virtually any make and model. Before sourcing spare parts from the company's private warehouses, Brake-O-Rama's ASE-certified technicians thoroughly analyze vehicles with advanced diagnostic technology that includes four-wheel computerized alignment systems, electron microscopes that scan for chipped paint finishes, and magnifying glasses ever in search for clues to Professor Plum's murder. Meanwhile, Firestone, Goodyear, and Michelin tires fill the supply closets, allowing the patrons to tighten their grip on the asphalt before a cross-country trip.
If cars could talk when they're in need of repair, they'd proclaim that they don't want rookies under their undercarriage. When it comes to major overhauls or even minor maintenance to prevent those major issues from happening, a car needs the skilled hands of those who've seen it all. There are no rookies at First Choice Tire & Auto Center, just a crew of ASE-certified technicians who've been keeping every make and model rolling strong since 1993. The trusty techs tackle every matter big and small, from oil changes and brake repairs to bigger jobs such as transmission and engine overhauls (using warrantied Jasper engines). Tire services include computer spin balancing, flat tire repairs, and tire rotations, and a selection of top-notch brands such as Goodyear, Kelly, and Dunlop ensure a smooth, cordial affair when the rubber meets the road. The one-stop auto shop also offers custom exhaust system repairs, state inspections, towing and roadside assistance, and glass services, along with shuttle service and car rentals for customers in need.
Car troubles left to the staff at Alper Automotive land in skilled hands, as each mechanic holds an ASE certification and continues to train with the latest foreign and domestic cars. While technicians tinker with brakes, quench parched engines with Shell motor oil, pump up a tire’s pressure, or perform any of the shop’s other services, customers can relax inside a waiting room that welcomes parents, children, and nomadic laptops attracted by the buzz of free WiFi. Each completed repair comes with a nationwide warranty, and Alper Automotive’s status as a AAA Approved Auto Repair center signifies the shop’s upper-tier standards when it comes to reliability, cleanliness, quality, and pricing.
The technicians at Northern Liberties Auto Repair LLC—an official Pennsylvania inspection station—repair and reinvigorate foreign and domestic vehicles with steady hands and automotive acumen. The sounds of jovial engine revving and ribbing between cars about balding tires reverberate throughout the shop as the techs unburden engines of spent motor oil. During brake services, staff members ensure that the car’s stoppers are in healthy shape and outfit wheels with fresh rubber during in-shop tire installations. They’ll also reward cars with new stickers after assessing their health during state inspections, confirming that vehicles aren't emitting excessive amounts of pollutants, toxins, or unearned bravado.
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.
Though Dan Campos has been playing baseball and other sports most of his life, after high school he knew he could still be in better shape. After losing 65 pounds, he decided to enter a natural-bodybuilding competition and fell in love with the sport. Today he’s a professional bodybuilder and spends his downtime training others at Dan Campos Fitness. While bodybuilding is his focus, Campos's training methods range from individual training—onsite or in-home—to group boot-camp classes. He even provides online nutritional counseling, which includes tips for eating healthy and downloadable restraining orders against cake itself. Campos's flexible approach has created some loyal clients, including one whom he helped to lose 200 pounds over two years.