For more than 85 years, the ASE-certified parts specialists at NAPA Auto Parts have recommended and supplied quality parts from their network of stores that has grown from one parts shop to 6,100 locations nationwide. The National Automotive Parts Association organizes its more than 400,000 tools, replacement parts, and accessories in a unique and intuitive inventory-control system that tracks down customer selections quicker than the Dewey Decimal System equipped with a fast-forward button. To skip the shipping, the online inventory system also lets customers reserve their parts for in-store pickup for immediate gratification and diminished wait times. Proud sponsor of Martin Truex Jr.'s #56 car, NAPA Auto Parts meets the automotive needs of drivers both professional and recreational.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Center's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
Spearheaded by a team of local automotive aficionados, CCA Motorsport safeguards vehicles throughout Alaska with an array of protective and detailing services. A clear, robust urethane film can shield paint from debris that flies up from the asphalt or over from roadside boomerang stands, and window tinting reduces glare by deflecting UV rays. Techs also draw on years of experience and professional training to gussy up buggies with hand washes, sealants, and other meticulous detailing services.
John Schwartz, the owner of Perfectionist Auto Sound & Security, is running out of shelf space for all of his awards. With accolades such as one of Mobile Electronics Retailer of the Year award recipients, 2010-2011 Retailer of the Year award, and Best Car Customizer, the shop and its staff have perfected the art of whipping whips into stylish shape. Perfectionist’s services run the gamut from remote car-starter and audio-system installation to custom fabrications and lighting. An online gallery shows off some of the technicians’ best work.
At Lithia Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge of Anchorage a team of auto experts equips patrons with new and used vehicles from its namesake brands. Factory-trained technicians remain on-hand to perform maintenance services on all makes and models, keeping automobiles working like new so that drivers don’t have to buy a new car every time they hit a pothole. Their lifetime oil and filter service lets drivers prepay for the oil they need over their car’s natural lifespan. Each oil change brings with it a multipoint inspection to ensure that headlamps, wiper blades, emergency breaks, and horns stay healthy and operational.
Most automobiles are built on an assembly line alongside thousands of identical automobiles. Some accept this fate, but others fight it by searching for unique gadgets, parts, and accessories at shops such as Distinctive Ride. Here, technicians install all kinds of aftermarket products, such as HD headlights and an array of car audio devices, including subwoofers and speakers. They coat windows in tinted film and are certified to install Parrot hands-free devices that give feet a chance to dial the phone for once.
The ASE-certified techs at North Star Body & Paint are experts at mending busted buggies as well as trucks and boats. As a full-service repair shop, they're qualified to work on both foreign and domestic models, offering services from frame repair and custom paint jobs to restoration and glass replacement. Their more than 25-year commitment to upkeep also extends to shining up autos inside and out with detailing.