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.
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.
The staff at Checkered Flag hand-washes cars with care, but that doesn't mean customers endure long waits. Thanks to efficiency measures implemented eight years ago, the locally owned and operated business can get a chassis glittering in just 10 minutes. "We don't compromise the quality," Manager Chuck Morris told the Orange County Register, which named Checkered Flag one of the best car washes in the county in 2012. "Our teams on the dry-off work hard to do a quality job of cleaning your car inside and out in a timely manner."
To make the short wait feel even briefer, Checkered Flag pampers guests with perks such as complimentary Wi-Fi, espresso drinks, and gourmet coffee. Inside an attached boutique, they can browse high-end gift items or admire the racecar in which Kevin Cogan zoomed to second place at the Indianapolis 500 in 1986.
The licensed and BASF-certified technicians from Pacific Match Paint travel to their customers to render a wide range of auto-body services, from wheel and rim repair to detailing. When working on dents and dings, the technicians use the SmartTrak computer color-matching system for exterior toners and an SEM-3M system for interiors to ensure an accurate color match. All of the mobile outfit's repairs—whether headlight restoration, interior leather rehab, or bumper refinishing—are guaranteed for life, or at least until cars make the prophesied exodus back to their home planet.
Cherry Avenue Auto Clinic’s technicians facilitate smooth, trouble-free driving through maintenance services and repairs. The former include oil changes, tire rotations, and vehicle inspections that help techs scout out safety hazards or issues in the engine, battery, or glove box. They also repair faulty brakes, engines, and electrical systems, and sell new and used tires and wheels.
AQUA Steam’s staff steam cleans carpeting, tile floors, counter tops, patios, showers, and natural stone floors using non-toxic, low odor, and biodegradable solutions that are safe for families and pets. The IIRC-certified technicians follow an extensive seven-step process that includes vacuuming, pre-spraying, pre-spotting, grooming carpet, applying foil tabs, deodorizing, and hot water extraction. With a firm grasp of cleaning techniques, they also offer an 11-step upholstery cleaning service, tile cleaning, stone polishing, and carpet stretching, leather cleaning, and carpet repairs for everything from cigarette burns to pet damage, and they guarantee all of their work for 72 hours following service.