Gold Star Audio outfits autos with resounding radios, receivers, and other audio equipment from brands such as Kenwood and Morel online and in its Irvine shop. CD players and auxiliary plug-ins for iPhones, cockatiel parrots, and other portable music players resonate through thrumming speakers and subwoofers. Techs also install cutting-edge GPS systems, satellite radio, and bluetooth setups that drivers can protect with security features such as remote starters and alarm systems.
The technicians at Signature Glass Tinting shade and stylize car windows with films cut and fitted by the Tint Tek 20/20 computerized cutting system. Signature Glass carries three types of films from two manufacturers—LLumar and Wincos—ranging from basic tints to ceramic films. The LLumar-brand signal-friendly films come in various grades, allowing drivers to customize their car shades based on whether they seek optimal heat rejection, cosmetic tinting, or the privacy to play air harpsichord during Mozart's Harpsichord Concerto No. 3. Technicians can fasten two roll-up windows to autos ($90), and most full tint jobs range from $215 to $245, depending on the vehicle and the film. During the two- to three-hour process, the digital cutting system customizes film to meet cars' factory specifications, which minimizes sloppy razor slices or ill-fitted films that hug surfaces like baggy burlap sacks.
In order to receive Master Technician status from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), mechanics essentially need to know a car inside and out. At Mac's Auto Care, two such technicians oversee the operation at all times. That translates to maintenance services such as oil changes, brake work, and wheel alignments performed expertly on almost all vehicle makes and models, with a specialization in BMWs. And, in the event that a car needs to stay overnight for extensive repair or for a slumber party, the shop offers a complimentary shuttle.
Big O Tires outfits wheels with tires from Michelin, Goodyear and other trusted brands–including their own Big O brand tires that are backed by a three-year warranty and a lifetime of rotations. The retailer has been in the road-ready rubber trade since 1962, when it began as a single co-op; over the past five decades, it has blossomed into a network of more than 480 locations, spanning 20 states. The shops’ ASE-certified technicians not only specialize in tires, but also tend autos with a comprehensive array of repair and maintenance services. They deftly change oil, replace brakes, and meticulously administer multi-point inspections, which ensure that headlights work and that wiper blades aren’t actually sleeping rattlesnakes.