The well-trained mechanics at Dick Masheter Ford’s Quick Lane Discount Tire and Auto Center have been cosseting cars with expert service for more than 30 years. During an oil change, technicians decant up to five quarts of synthetic-blend Motorcraft oil into thirsty engines to protect moving parts against oxidization and relieve pistons' laryngitis. After mechanics rotate the vehicle’s tires to ensure even wear and tear, a 31-point inspection checks brakes, tests batteries, and sends fan belts down a runway to verify they're still in style. The procedure, which can take an hour or more, helps autos continue to run smoothly, like a jogger dipped in butter.
At Tincher Auto Group, owners Maria and Eric Tincher's team of certified technicians help keep vehicles running smoothly. The full-service shop features an array of maintenance and repair services, including oil changes and air-conditioning tune-ups. While vehicles are on the mend, guests can lounge on the waiting room's leather couch, watch TV, or browse the web using the shop's complimentary WiFi.
Armed with their in-house line of cleaning products, Pro-Tec's detailing technicians clean vehicles during in-shop and mobile detailing services. They fend off grime with hand washes and waxes, or execute the shop's signature treatments to fortify vehicles against hindrances including UV rays, corrosion, or carpet stains shaped like a disparaging driver's-ed instructor. While waiting for services, customers can nab bottles of Pro-Tec's products—car-wash concentrate, exterior gloss preserver, or spot remover—for at-home auto pampering.:m]]
The experienced Automotive Service Excellence–certified mechanics at Dennis Automotive relinquish vehicles from conundrums caused by moistureless motors inside state-of-the-art facilities. Each oil change and chassis lube ($35) swaps old colanders for new filters before topping off tanks with up to 5 quarts of motor oil to keep pistons pumping smoothly. The tire rotation ($19.99) keeps treads from fading in the face of friction by rotating each tire's placement on the car, like a progressive game of musical chairs where everybody wins. While waiting on their repaired roadsters, proud auto owners can relax in either location's comfortable waiting area, replete with televisions, complimentary coffee, Internet access, and clowns who make balloon hats for adults.
Just like at family gatherings, diners gather at long, rectangular tables and wait for their hosts to serve dinner. Unlike family gatherings, however, a flame suddenly bursts forth from the table’s built-in grill, where standing cooks sauté seafood, chicken, beef, and vegetables. Such is the scene at Chef Honda Restaurant, where a row of these hibachi tables fill a dining room accented with earth tones. In addition to traditional grilled entrees, the cooks prepare specials such as spicy-tuna carpaccio and seared maki rolls.
Recreational vehicles designed for conquering the land and sea cover the 6.8-acre lot at Alum Creek RV and Marine, a family-owned outfit in business since 1972. From Gulf Stream RVs and Propel scooters to Godfrey pontoons and fishing boats, all can be bought, rented, repaired, or converted into a makeshift Mars rover by the helpful staff.