Michael Kornfeld has loved many cars in his life, from the red 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme convertible he can still be seen driving from time to time, to the minivan he now calls his daily driver. This dichotomy seems to reflect the philosophy of Salit Auto Repair’s team of technicians, who turn their expertise toward vehicles from sporty to practical. Nestled inside the barn-style office, the garage rattles with the sounds of pneumatic car lifts, smooth-running engines, and the squeak of owners practicing their Dukes of Hazzard hood slide.
Since Angelo Resta first opened his business 67 years ago, Resta's Car Care & Rental has kept customers happy and vehicles shipshape with expert detailing, oil changes, new tires, and repair services. The bustling, five-bay auto shop traces its origins to 1946, when most of the roads around Somerset were paved in dirt, and cars were still propelled by 2-ton steam engines. Today, Angelo's sons, Ed and Frank, run the business, which is now a certified NAPA Auto Care Center where clients drop off their modern four-wheeled friends for certified state inspections, emissions repairs, buffing and waxing services, and axle, air-conditioning, and transmission repairs. Drivers can also refuel their cars, trucks, and SUVs at the full-service Shell gas station, or pick up a convenient rental vehicle from nearby Fred's Auto Rental.
Tire Barn's mechanics draw on more than 65 years of combined experience to service hard-working cars as they roll into one of the service bays tucked inside the garage's clean brick façade. Barely-there wait times disappear in an accommodating showroom area stocked with a 46-inch HDTV, glimmering chrome wheels, and free WiFi for building a website commemorating a young car's first oil change. Amid the cranking ratchets of four garage bays, heavy treaded rubber wraps around bare rims in trusted tire brands such as Michelin, Goodyear, and Continental. The full-service staff goes a step beyond routine tire and oil swaps and offers comprehensive repairs including computerized engine analyses and alloy-rim repair for wheels in the habit of streaking.
Since 1987, the Auto Image crew has been equipping cars with upgrades for all makes and models. 3M window film tints windows to help block out unwanted UV rays and increase privacy better than trading in all of the blinds in your home for camouflage curtains. Professional cleaning crews offer various levels of auto detailing, which include services such as waxing, engine cleaning, and washing by hand. Technicians also install remote start systems, security alarms, and keyless entry systems from brands such as Viper and Avital. Custom audio and video installations draw from the shelves of top industry brands such as Alpine, JL Audio, and Pioneer, and their services range from hands-free Bluetooth integration to GPS navigation, custom speaker enclosures, and DVD receivers.
With three centers throughout New Jersey, Zippo's Car Stereo, Inc. ensures no Garden State car endures the terrifying prospect of radio silence. Instead, the shop's technicians keep cars booming with Alpine amplifiers, Pioneer stereos, and iPod stereo adapters. While audio is Zippo's specialty, the sound center does more than just speaker systems. It also accessorizes rides with custom rims and wheels, truck-bed liners, sunroofs, and more. Techs can add ambiance with LED lights and convenience with hands-free Bluetooth equipment, too and remote car starters.
Payless Car Sales features a large inventory of pre-owned vehicles from domestic and foreign manufacturers. Each car on the lot or inside the showroom comes with a 127-point inspection and free vehicle-history report, which can tell you if your car ever drove through a wall or dabbled in diesel oil. Technicians are also on hand in the service department for oil changes, tire rotations, and other services that keep cars running smoothly.