The brick walls of SLR Auto Spa & Cafe have seen it all, from tiny, rough paint patches that demand the careful caress of clay bars to windshield bug splatters that rival Jackson Pollock paintings. Without batting an eye, SLR's staff erases the damage with fast hand washes and detailing services that scrub autos from rear hatch to engine block. While awaiting their newly cleaned chariots, patrons sip cappuccinos or sink forks into plates of biscuits and gravy in the cozy café area as they surf the public WiFi or affix their eyes to the dual TV screens hung on a bright-red accent wall.
Since 1932, Firestone Wentworth Tire Services talented mechanics have outfitted wheels with road-ready tires. Armed with an inventory that boasts 14 brands, including Pirelli, Michelin, and Continental, the store’s stock includes a wide range of dimensions. The helpful sales staff ensures clients find the best match for their needs, keeping cars well-treaded, safe, and smelling of fresh rubber. The company’s automotive purview encompasses more than just the tires. Routine oil changes, roadside assistance, or even full transmission replacements all fall within the skilled, on-staff technicians' areas of expertise.
President Denny Guest and his friendly sales staff have a reason to be proud: last year they delivered more than 1,800 vehicles to local friends, families, and companies in the Chicagoland area. With an expansive inventory—more than 400 vehicles on hand at all times—they deal both new and used autos from Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, and Ram, and their preowned inventory can also include makes such as Chevrolet, Honda, and Toyota. New vehicles come backed by a factory warranty, and certified preowned vehicles safely ride under the umbrella of a three-month, 3,000-mile maximum-care warranty and a seven-year, 100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. Should cars suddenly fall victim to mechanical malice or the pranks of a teenage motorcycle, the parts and service department is quick to offer repairs ranging from oil changes and engine tune-ups to state inspections and full detailing.
Bob and Jim Hawkinson studied at the feet of their father, who opened his first car dealership in 1961. Today, the two oversee their father’s legacy at Hawkinson Nissan, commanding an inventory of new Nissans and used vehicles with the same automotive authority that their father exhibited. While new cars flaunt their empty odometers in the showroom, and Hawkinson’s curated preowned vehicles flex their strong motors, ASE-certified and Nissan-trained technicians toil in the service and parts departments getting cars of any make and model back up to peak performance.