Husband-and-wife team David and Denise Skorka opened The Auto Doc more than 15 years ago with the goal of providing maintenance and repair services in a family-friendly atmosphere that values respect and integrity. The staff of the Houston Chronicle agrees: they named it the area's ultimate repair shop in 2003, and added that David "takes the time to explain the problems with your ride" and "will candidly tell you when something can be ignored—at least for a while."
The vintage-style gas-station signs on the building's exterior speak to the Skorkas’ old-fashioned, customer-first philosophy. They offer patrons free shuttle services and a convenient night drop-off option for people who are unavailable during business hours, or cars who are finally ready for their first slumber party. Denise and her daughter Katie also run a quaint coffee shop and boutique next door called Bungalow, where, according to The Loop Scoop, car owners can nosh on pastries and locally roasted java. Though the ambience and company mission harken back to an earlier time, the repair shop's technology is decidedly modern: ASE-certified technicians use the latest diagnostic equipment and top-of-the-line parts to keep vehicles in prime condition.
A team of vehicle virtuosos performs repairs and upkeep on Jeep, Chrysler, and Dodge autos in River Oaks' professional dealership shop. During a standard oil change, certified mechanics will replace old, worn-out oil with up to 5 quarts of fresh-faced young fluid, straight from lubricant college and ready to take on the heat, dust, and incredible pressures of today's high-octane internal-combustion world. Synthetic oil is available for an additional charge. To help new oil adjust to its new job of safeguarding precious moving parts, gaskets, and various shafts, a fresh oil filter is included. After a rigorous 27-point auto inspection to ensure engines run smoothly and important parts are shipshape, the 20-minute chariot checkup is complete. River Oaks offers early and late pickup and drop-off to accommodate drivers' schedules and ensure cars aren’t late to parade-float practice.
At AnA Tire and Automotive, gifted mechanics keep autos in top shape, and an army of rubbery wheel coverings stands ready to hit the road. While the center specializes in tires from Bridgestone and Firestone, customers can also find offerings from other manufacturers including Goodyear, Michelin, and BFGoodrich. The spacious showroom includes a comfortable waiting area where drivers can watch TV as ASE-certified technicians fit cars with new tires. The shop's mechanics keep vehicles healthy with services that range from oil changes to factory-scheduled maintenance to computerized engine analyses. To ease customers' minds, each of the center's services comes with a choice of a 12-month/12,000-mile warranty or an a cappella performance of "Little Deuce Coupe."
Empire Auto Detailers' skilled technicians strike fear into the scratchy, whirring brushes of automatic car washes everywhere. These dedicated detailing experts roam the DC area ready to perform fully loaded service packages that incorporate biodegradable carpet shampoos and steam cleaners, paint sealants that last from three months to one year, and waxes that leave cars with the sleek, wet look of a seal zooming down a Slip 'n' Slide. Ever ready to help autos in need, the technicians lend their careful hands to tint windows, install audio and alarm systems, and repair wheels and rims. Meanwhile, waiting customers can enjoy the shop's free Wi-Fi, watch cable on a flat-screen TV, and sip on complimentary coffee and tea.
With America's Best Car Care Plan, ASE-certified technicians keep autos running smoothly by injecting car insides with up to 5 quarts of clean conventional oil (upgrades to synthetic require additional charges) and performing a host of auto-maintenance services. Brake inspections and adjustments grant drivers the peace of mind that cars are safe and equipped for inclement weather and duck-crossing signs that come out of nowhere. Two tire rotations ensure automotive equilibrium can find long-lasting balance and tire grooves wear evenly.
Import and domestic vehicles stand poised on the lots of Nexar Auto Repair, where an ASE-certified staff of technicians bolsters rides with Pennzoil lubricants, official state inspections, and myriad repairs. Pre-owned cars from BMW, Mercedes, and Chevrolet receive extensive quality-control inspections before awaiting the opportunity to show off their road prowess and encyclopedic knowledge of the Industrial Revolution to new owners. In-house technicians also nurture visiting vehicles by swapping damaged oil for clean lube, balancing and rotating tires, and checking vitals with computer diagnostics. Additionally, the facility doles out official Texas state inspections with quick in-and-out automated systems that authorize healthy autos to legally flex their muscles on the open road.
Christian Brothers Automotive's skilled auto technicians wave vehicles into the work bays for an array of maintenance and repair services. Among their many talents, they can replace oil filters, rotate tires, fix brakes, and swap dead batteries with newer, tastier batteries. After auto owners drive their revamped rides away, the staff recycles the used batteries, tires, and pieces of scrap metal. Striving for customer comfort, the shop offers complimentary courtesy inspections and shuttle services and furnishes the wood floors of its waiting area with leather couches and a rug.