Continuing a 57-year legacy, the experienced mobile-electronics technicians at Al & Ed's Autosound equip car owners with safe driving solutions during two-hour hands-free Bluetooth installations. Armed with an extensive arsenal of adapters, the technicians integrate Parrot CK3000 Evolution Bluetooth units with existing audio systems, allowing calls to be heard through the vehicle's speakers. Any phone equipped with Bluetooth connectivity can sync with the handy hands-free device, regardless of manufacturer or carrier. Responding to voice commands from the driver, the unit conjures up contacts from its database of up to 150 names when called upon, much like a faithful robotic court wizard.
• Alpine Auto Repair, in Alpine • Bob Bowen’s Auto Service, in La Mesa • C & D Auto Care, in La Mesa • Ebers Street Garage, in San Diego • FTS Auto Repair Convoy, on Convoy Street in San Diego • FTS Auto Repair La Jolla, on Cass Street in San Diego • Stuart Terry Auto Repair, in San Diego. • John's Automotive Care, in San Diego • Convoy Auto Repair, in San Diego
Elite Auto Collision prepares cars to rock while they're rolling across the nation's highways. The in-dash Kenwood KDC-108 outfits horseless carriages with the ability to liven up trips to the post office with more diverse melodies than a miniature, in-dash barbershop quartet. Eager to squeeze tunes out of CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, the device also features an auxiliary input that allows MP3 players to plug into the front panel, and a removable faceplate that deftly deters theft. Installation includes wiring and a system test to ensure that the new music boxes are fully functional before customers drive away in their tune-enabled cars. Service time varies from vehicle to vehicle, so customers should call ahead for an estimate.
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.
Since 1996, PAW Service Center’s ASE-certified technicians have lovingly tended to hardworking automotive innards with preventive maintenance services and repairs. The full-service facility welcome cars in need of new tires, realignments, and suspension work, as well as regular services such as oil changes and air-conditioning repairs. Technicians also perform complete diagnostics to assess vehicle ailments, identifying everything from an SUV with a faulty belt to a hatchback that’s actually a cleverly disguised bike. Customers can pass their mid-service minutes in a climate-controlled waiting area complete with satellite television and free WiFi.
Discount Tire’s professional technicians install and service a vast trove of tires and wheels to keep wagons rolling safely. Experienced, trained mechanics manage an inventory replete with tires by brand names such as Goodyear, Michelin, and Bridgestone ($60–$100/tire for most vehicles) and a huge range of wheels ($50–$100/wheel for most vehicles). Proud owners of newly outfitted buggies receive advice on how to improve their rubber-road marriages or ability to do donuts on the lawns of rival librarians. Along with recommendations on products and services, tire installations include new valve stems, road-hazard protection, and lifetime rotations.