Kyle Bigford’s love of car care began in college, when a summer job tinkering with Corvettes awakened what would become his lifelong calling. The passion never went away, even in the face of postcollege employment: wanting to build an honest auto company for like-minded friends, Kyle quit his job as a financial adviser with Edward Jones Investments to create Hamilton Speed Shop. Now, his multipurpose shop helps customers customize humdrum vehicles, find their ideal auto, or sell their car at a fair market price. Techs at the full-service detail shop wield professional-grade cleaning products along with the knowledge to install deluxe stereo systems, rims, or GPS systems with the personality of Noel Coward. Staff will also locate, ship, and inspect autos based on a customer's wants and needs or spearhead the sale process using Internet merchants and their own database of buyers.
Auto-Lab of Zeeland's certified master mechanic guides cars into service bays for diagnostics, repairs, and maintenance. Wrenches clatter and air tools shriek in the shop, where technicians replace or tweak batteries, transmissions, and engines to keep them from failing along empty highways or any place where a barbershop quartet is practicing. Oil changes and multi-point inspections ensure smooth travels, and tire rotations help rubber wear evenly and efficiently.
With lube and service centers spread across America, Valvoline Instant Oil Change ensures that roads from coast to coast teem with automotive vigor. Certified technicians perform a roster of services, including drive-thru oil changes that allow motorists to arrive without an appointment and remain in their car while Valvoline oils forge a truce between metal parts.
Since 1986, the knowledgeable staff at Crown Motors has been selling new Mazdas, Buicks, Hondas, and Cadillacs—as well as pre-owned vehicles of all makes and models—to equip American drivers with safe, reliable, and fun-to-drive transportation. Their factory-trained technicians also provide service and maintenance on vehicles of every make and model.
The full-service mechanics at Crown Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram keep engines from puttering out with technical skills specially attuned to the needs of Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge vehicles. During routine oil changes, the auto doctors replace sullied motor oil with up to five quarts of piston juice, lubricating engines in advance of long road trips or short trips through an active volcano. In addition to their normal business hours, mechanics keep garage doors open Monday evenings until 8 p.m. and Saturdays until 3 p.m. to defeat jam-packed day planners.
From a single shop in Sturgis, Michigan, Auto-Lab has grown into a full-service franchise that cares for cars' every nook and cranny. Each location's ASE-certified technicians keep autos flourishing with regular maintenance check-ups, helping identify and stave off problems before they metastacize. These experts peer into the dark abyss under the hood, employing high-tech diagnostic tools to identify and repair computerized engine issues, and keep tabs on brakes before they seize up and stop you just as you're about to break the sound barrier. In addition, they guarantee all services for 12 months or up to 12,000 miles.