Justin, Sam, and Sean?three friends and unrepentant auto enthusiasts?spent years working in dealerships before teaming up and opening The Auto Shop. Their joint venture is a dream come true for them; here, they can put their vast knowledge to use repairing engines and adding plutonium to flux capacitors. It's also a dream come true for their customers, who can kick back in a lounge equipped with cable, Wi-Fi, and cushy leather chairs. There's even a shuttle to ferry customers home or to work while their cars are being cared for.
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.
Herb's Garage is a mainstay of the Costa Mesa community, having maintained and repaired area automobiles for 45 years. ASE-certified technicians work on foreign and domestic vehicles, providing a free 15-point inspection with all services, including tune-ups, oil changes, and repair of problems plaguing the brakes, exhaust, electrical system, cooling system, and transmission. As their cars are tended to, clients can wait in the indoor lounge, which features a color TV and a saltwater aquarium where fish flit around the tank or circle it aimlessly to demonstrate existential futility.
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.
At each of its locations throughout the area, the technicians of Los Angeles Car Care keep their customers mobile with a wide variety of automotive repair capabilities. The team deals with leading manufacturers such as Michelin and Uniroyal when cars need new tires, but also forestalls a big tire purchase with computer balancing, rotation, and convincing current tires to think younger. Owners can also bring their sickly cars in for procedures ranging from oil changes and tune-ups to transmission repairs.