The 1967 Chevy Corvair had seen better days when it showed up on the doorstep of Dent Busters. Rust was slowly extinguishing its once-hot-pink flame decals, and the engine was left exposed by a missing hood. For the car, Dent Busters was either a final hope or final resting place. For Dent Busters, the car was just another makeover to hang on a wall of successes—a car the staff completely restored and sent flying down the road reignited by its newly painted flames.
It’s a typical scenario for the technicians at Dent Busters—cars come in severely rusted or dented, and leave in original factory condition. After an initial interview with the client, the techs get to work with research and assessment before offering an estimate. Once cleared to start, they can paintlessly repair dents , detail the interior, or provide complete collision repair, rust removal, and custom paint with computerized color matching. They document all progress and upload photos to the site so owners can feed their curiosity and print out copies to fill the empty space in their driveway.
The stalwart mechanics at Don Hattan Chevrolet have been extending engines' lives for more than 60 years. Mechanics replace particle-bunged engine lube with 5 quarts of fresh, unfettered 5-W30 oil and draft standard oil filters for sentry duty, protecting engines against the threat of invasive pollutants or escape-minded sparkplugs. During their 27-point inspection, mechanics assess vital vehicle features to ensure that autos will safely withstand the winter months. Speedy washes spirit dust and smudging away from exterior surfaces, and vacuums purge interiors of stubborn carpet parasites and the molted husks of old ice scrapers.
Family-owned Scholfield Honda, a founding member of Green Biz Wichita, performs warranty services on Hondas and oil changes and light maintenance––such as brake jobs and Kansas inspections––on all makes and models. The service center was awarded Wichita's 2010 Clean Air Award for its Generation Green project, which offers eco-friendly oil changes ($34.95). The auto maintainery's expert technicians can administer an express oil change ($32.95) or a hybrid express oil change ($42.95) to keep a car's engine from sounding like a chainsaw cutting through a lawnmower. For shining a car's epidermis, Scholfield offers an express detail ($79.95) or complete detail ($129.95). All services include a 19-point inspection and car wash.
Interstate All Battery Center leads the charge in power outposts, providing reserve-power road trippers with brand-new batteries for their trucks, cell phones, computers, and more. With a vast storehouse of more than 16,000 products, Interstate carries batteries for nearly every brand of laptop and PC, as well as a plethora of automotive batteries to restore sedans, coupes, and station wagons after a long night of headlight staring contests. Household powerables are also available, including 24-packs of AAs ($8.99+) for bulk buyers, an Energizer 9V alkaline battery ($4.49) for metronomes possessed by surprisingly funky eighth notes, and one case of Lite Brite fuel, distilled from corn syrup and Olympic silver medals. Old used batteries find comfy retirement at Interstate’s recycling center, allowing their former owners and well-meaning grandchildren to rest easy.
Entrust road-weary wagons to the caring hands of Auto Smart's brainy, ASE-certified mechanics. Watch from the state-of-the-art service bay as the piston-pleasing professionals swap out your vehicle's dingy filter and empty its aging oil, replacing it with up to five new quarts to keep things running smoothly and prevent burgers from sticking to its grill. A check and topping-off of all fluids rounds out the service. Road-battered buggies in need of other shape-up services can have their tires aligned ($69.99) to undo damage from potholes, get their auto's air conditioning charged ($99.99), or run an engine diagnostic test ($69.99 most vehicles) to discover any tree nut allergies. Auto Smarts' multitalented motorvators can service vehicles of all makes and models and are often able to get garage-sick cars back to their loving caretakers the same day they're dropped off.