In 1987, the Dayton Daily News briefly outlined the life of Charles L. Marshall, the then 86-year-old president and owner of Grismer Tire. Though the article appeared a quarter of a century ago, it still captured 55 years worth of history at Grismer, from its purchase during ?the dark days? of the Great Depression?thanks to Marshall?s winning personality and a banker?s $13,000 loan?to its transformation into one of the most successful auto centers in Ohio.
Today, at each of its 22 locations scattered across Southern Ohio, ASE-certified technicians continue to dispense the top-notch service that made the garage famous. They drain and replenish oil, align wheels, and fix busted transmissions and cooling systems. Equipped with nine brands of tires, including Michelin, Bridgestone, and BF Goodrich, the team outfits rides of all makes and models with brand-new rollers, allowing them to zip down highways or blend in at parades with ease.
Boyd's Tire & Service Center's seven locations boast a staff of ASE-certified tire and repair technicians prepared to diagnose and treat a broad spectrum of auto ailments. Implementing trusted products such as Goodyear tires, Valvoline oils, and NAPA-brand parts, the adept mechanics tweak, adjust, and repair cars, fostering optimal auto performance through a variety of services designed to keep cars driving as smoothly as a yogi's brainwaves.
With 45 full-time technicians in central Ohio, Dent Magic helps restore autos to their original showroom finish. The auto-body experts restore bumpers, wheels, upholstery, and paint, helping mend the tiny imperfections that come from hail, small pebbles, or an errant shopping cart. Dent Magic also deploys a phalanx of two-dozen mobile repair units that tend to doors, hoods, and bumpers in the one- to two-hour blink of an eye.
For more than 30 years, Baker's Body Shop & Service has specialized in both mechanical and collision repairs. The technicians here are trained to handle a wide variety of automotive issues, ranging from busted brakes and transmissions to dents and paint damage. For the latter, they utilize a modern painting booth and PPG paint, which they bake onto the finish to make the car look as good as it did the day the stork drove it to your doorstep. And, for those looking to expand their automotive family, Baker's Body Shop also features an inventory of pre-owned cars for sale.
Car-Detail4u's technicians fan themselves out throughout Pennsylvania and central Ohio armed with waxes and polishes to strong-arm dirt from car interiors and exteriors. The astute mobile detailers reawaken cars' showroom shines by hand washing, waxing, and polishing each painted finish before washing upholstery with steam cleaners and conditioning hard surfaces until they regain their crisp, like-new sheens. Add-ons such as headlight restorations and Rain-X glass treatments are also available, and the company’s winter snow-removal services take care to clear paths at clients' homes and businesses before sending the snow to live with a nice couple on a farm.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Centers’ mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.