For more than 75 years, Capitol Chevrolet has been a harbor where storm-tossed cars can take shelter. New and pre-owned vehicles, from full-size Chevy Tahoes and Avalanches to fuel-efficient Cruzes and Volts, flock to its docks today the same way flivvers did so long ago. The GM-trained and ASE-certified technicians who man the service department work hard to fix creaky engines, broker deals between drivers and new tires, and figure out how the sharks got in the trunk. They can also order GM parts, helping car owners to restore classic hot rods or personalize vehicles with accessories such as remote starters, splash guards, and spoilers.
Hector Cerda and his team of technicians help protect a car’s interior—and that includes its driver and passengers. The technicians apply SunTek films to vehicle windows in order to protect upholstery and dashes from fading and drivers from getting sunburn. The film blocks up to 99% of UV rays and keeps glare to a minimum, so drivers don’t have to wear blindfolds to keep the sun out of their eyes. Films come in black or charcoal colors and in standard, carbon, or ceramic series.
Each of the mechanics at Accent Auto has spent a minimum of 10 years in the field. That experience enables the full-service dealership to take on any job from all makes and models of vehicle, including those by American and Japanese manufacturers and European brands such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Accent specializes in major repairs, including the rebuilding of engines and transmissions. In its body shop, the company also spruces up rides by replacing windshields, refreshing paint, and repairing damage from golf ball?sized hail or that day when golf balls actually fell from the sky.
Bavarian Luxury Rentals, the country’s first all-BMW rental company, ensconces travelers and auto enthusiasts alike behind the well-engineered wheel of brand-new German luxury cars. Co-founded by BMW auto mechanic Brian McKinney and Corey Evers—the customer-service-savvy founder of Central Texas Valet—the local enterprise fills roads with its standing fleet of BMWs that includes a 5-series, a 3-series, and a 1-series. On breaks from the open road, renters’ BMWs entitle them to sumptuous amenities at businesses throughout the city, and 24-hour roadside assistance guards drivers against difficulties such as flat tires and toll booths manned by bridge trolls.
Members of car2go enjoy the freedom of transportation that comes with owning a car without the worries of keeping up its maintenance or discovering that it’s a robot in disguise. Participants can reserve a car ahead of time through the company’s website or snag an unreserved vehicle by swiping their membership card past the windshield to unlock it and punching in a PIN to start it up. All fuel, insurance, parking, and maintenance costs are included with each rental, allowing patrons hassle-free travel as they explore downtown or give their pet goldfish a tour of the suburbs. After zipping around town, members park in an open car2go spot and walk away, letting a team of cleaners and technicians take care of the rest.