Auto Centric, a AAA-approved and Bosch-authorized shop, staffs ASE-certified technicians who keep automobiles starting and stopping smoothly, no matter their make or model. During the oil and filter change, mechanics will extract the old oil and filter and fill vehicles' innards with up to 5 quarts of standard automobile blood, then inspect fluid levels and lube the steering, chassis, and door hinges. The car experts also examine the brakes—ensuring metal human transporters can stop on a dime to avoid hitting an innocent quarter—and rotate the tires if necessary. With a new set of wiper blades, patrons can enjoy greater visibility while driving through rain, snow, sleet, hail, or post offices. The entire service takes about two hours; drivers who'd like to stick around can lounge in the waiting area or frolic with the free WiFi.
With more than 150 years of combined experience, the ASE-certified technicians at Community Automotive Repair have earned the shop a nod for Best Auto Repair in Grand Rapids magazine's 2011 readers' poll. Up to 5 quarts of conventional oil (synthetic available for additional fee) replace dirty predecessors during the oil change, after which techs reposition tires in order to equalize tread wear and remove fitness-crazed hamsters from wheel wells. During the maintenance inspection, specialists scout out potential problems in the car's systems and components and confirm the vehicle’s safety and performance. An attentive hand wash punctuates the service with soap and water massaged against the shell, letting cars cruise out feeling renewed, invigorated, and as clean as a hitchhiker's driving record. Customers are asked to schedule an appointment in advance, and during the service, free shuttles will trek drivers anywhere within a 10-mile radius of the shop.
An automotive-recycling yard, Airway Auto Parts purchases more than 250 vehicles every month. After carefully inspecting this collection, they selectively choose the best ones to showcase on their car lot for sale. While a good portion of their car selection is in drivable condition—often for under $3,000—repairable vehicles are also available for a discounted price. All car purchases are backed by a 24-month parts warranty, during which customers can acquire free parts from Airway's self-service parts yard.
Interstate All Battery Center leads the charge in power outposts, providing lifelong Michiganders and reserve-power road trippers with brand-new batteries for their trucks, cell phones, computers, and other appliances. With a vast storehouse of more than 16,000 products, Interstate carries batteries for nearly every brand of laptop and PC, as well as an expansive line-up of automotive batteries to restore sedans, coupes, and station wagons after a long night of headlight staring contests. Hearing aid batteries ($3.99-$10.99), watch batteries ($7.99 with installation) as well as other household powerables are also available, including an Interstate 9V alkaline battery ($3.49) for metronomes possessed by surprisingly funky eighth notes. Old used batteries find comfy retirement at Interstate’s recycling center, allowing their former owners and well-meaning grandchildren to rest easy.
Randy Wise's team of expert mechanics fends off vehicular woes by executing dealership-quality maintenance and repair services. During each oil change, fresh, spongy filters whet engines' appetites for up to 5 quarts of oil. The service can increase gasket function, soothe shafts, and strengthen auto immune systems against tailgating-transmitted diseases. Technicians prevent wobbly-wheel syndrome by performing a tire rotation, and a multipoint inspection checks cars for any latent damage or wear. The service typically takes a total of about 30 minutes, after which owners can zip away confident in the knowledge that a mechanic has confirmed their brakes exist.
Pinckney Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram's car connoisseurs vivify vehicles with comprehensive services and an eye toward timeliness. The highly trained team can treat cars to a buffet of à la carte services. Battery services ($24.95) dispatch techs beneath the hood to eavesdrop on voltage outputs, and drivers seeking to extend the life of their road grippers can opt for a tire rotation ($15.99). For drivers seeking to outfit their cars with new shoes, Bridgestone Turanza P215/65R16 all-season tires ($135 each) possess optimal tread designs that ensure a safe, steady trot across slick and dry surfaces; Goodyear Fortera P245/65R17 tires ($145 each) bolster roadway gaits with smoothness, swagger, and enough balance to outfox a cement roller.