Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
Versed in the inner workings of models from more than 100 different automobile manufacturers, the technicians at Hurricane Auto Glass fortify vehicles with high-performance window tinting and alarm-system installations. Protect cars from baddies with a thief-repelling basic alarm system, which uses shock sensors to alert passersby of attempted entry with high-pitched klaxons or the scolding voice of their third-grade teacher. Crews can also accentuate cars’ newfound confidence with a two- to three-hour window-tinting session. During each service, a staff member activates the window tint's adhesive with a soap solution, lures the four side windows up from their hiding places, and firmly presses the shaded film against the glass. The tint can help dwindle the penetration of heat by up to 80% and boasts a lifetime warranty.
Originally run out of one pickup truck, Houston Auto Glass & Windshield Replacement has spent nearly two decades growing a fleet of mobile technicians big enough to serve customers throughout Dallas and Houston. The techs swap out windshields lacerated with cracks and replace them with shiny new units, allowing drivers to easily see when the road ahead is actually their neighbor's swimming pool. Urethane adhesives and quality sealant join a steadfast warranty to keep new panes in place. The glass gurus also repair rock chips and tackle other services such as painting and body repair.
Jerry Stubbs was born to sell. He started out with bread, then moved on to lawnmowers, before settling on motorcycles. His love of bikes eventually culminated in Stubbs Harley-Davidson, a venture that began in 1965 and is now the oldest dealer in the Houston area. Jerry has since passed on, but the Stubbs sales staff honors his credo of taking care of the customer. They pride themselves on making sure no one waits more than 20 seconds before being greeted by a sales member.
Overseeing the chromed-out cache of new and used Harley-Davidsons, general manager Colin Lee often helps match first-time riders with their ideal bike. Additionally, the shop’s service department assists in identifying torque, power, and riding problems, while also souping up bikes with customized add-ons such as audio systems, paint jobs, and Honus Wagner rookie cards to shove in the spokes.
Until cruise ships start bringing along a second, smaller cruise ship for everyone's cars, travelers need to stow their vehicles somewhere. 81st Dolphin Parking's secure lot sits a mere city block away from the cruise ship terminal in Galveston, protected by fencing and night security guards. A complimentary shuttle service whisks visitors and their luggage off the terminal and picks them up at the end of their trips.
Today's Groupon gets you half-priced tickets to catch the Texas A&M Aggies as they face off against the New Mexico Lobos at the Houston Holiday Shoot-Out. For $10, you'll watch the hoop action from first-come, first-served seats in the $20 section at the Toyota Center on Saturday, December 12, at 5 p.m. (doors open at 4 p.m.). Pick up your tickets at the Toyota Center box office on game day.