Steve Chapman was born into the auto glass business—his father, a pioneer of at-home windshield repair and installation, opened Chapman Auto Glass in 1960. Steve and his family now carry on his father’s legacy with their self-dubbed “glass shop on wheels.” Steve’s technicians travel to customers’ homes and mend windshields with the same equipment and materials used during the original installation. They use one-hour sealant to hold new windshields in place, meaning owners are back on the road faster than an auctioneer singing a rap song.
The 1967 Chevy Corvair had seen better days when it showed up on the doorstep of Dent Busters. Rust was slowly extinguishing its once-hot-pink flame decals, and the engine was left exposed by a missing hood. For the car, Dent Busters was either a final hope or final resting place. For Dent Busters, the car was just another makeover to hang on a wall of successes—a car the staff completely restored and sent flying down the road reignited by its newly painted flames.
It’s a typical scenario for the technicians at Dent Busters—cars come in severely rusted or dented, and leave in original factory condition. After an initial interview with the client, the techs get to work with research and assessment before offering an estimate. Once cleared to start, they can paintlessly repair dents , detail the interior, or provide complete collision repair, rust removal, and custom paint with computerized color matching. They document all progress and upload photos to the site so owners can feed their curiosity and print out copies to fill the empty space in their driveway.
The stalwart mechanics at Don Hattan Chevrolet have been extending engines' lives for more than 60 years. Mechanics replace particle-bunged engine lube with 5 quarts of fresh, unfettered 5-W30 oil and draft standard oil filters for sentry duty, protecting engines against the threat of invasive pollutants or escape-minded sparkplugs. During their 27-point inspection, mechanics assess vital vehicle features to ensure that autos will safely withstand the winter months. Speedy washes spirit dust and smudging away from exterior surfaces, and vacuums purge interiors of stubborn carpet parasites and the molted husks of old ice scrapers.
Family-owned Scholfield Honda, a founding member of Green Biz Wichita, performs warranty services on Hondas and oil changes and light maintenance––such as brake jobs and Kansas inspections––on all makes and models. The service center was awarded Wichita's 2010 Clean Air Award for its Generation Green project, which offers eco-friendly oil changes ($34.95). The auto maintainery's expert technicians can administer an express oil change ($32.95) or a hybrid express oil change ($42.95) to keep a car's engine from sounding like a chainsaw cutting through a lawnmower. For shining a car's epidermis, Scholfield offers an express detail ($79.95) or complete detail ($129.95). All services include a 19-point inspection and car wash.