When customers roll into LG Customs with their favorite auto, the technicians unroll tinting film and apply it to the windows using precision tools, including the noble squeegee. They do this not only to enhance the car's appearance, but also to improve the glass's safety and protective features. With professional tinting film properly installed, windows block up to 99% of the sun's UV rays while reducing heat and preventing interiors from fading and cracking. The crew also knows that tinting film adds a level of shatter resistance, holding the glass together during an accident or when transporting troupes of operatic sopranos.
With licenses from the state of California, the team at this three-location outfit helps car owners obtain hassle-free smog certifications. While technicians run a 20-minute diagnostic to make sure automobiles meet state emissions standards, clerks begin processing to make sure they get to the paperwork before it tries to fly back home.
Cali v. Smog, a licensed State of California smog-test facility, ensures that vehicles of all models and manufacture dates aren't emitting excessive pollutants before sending them off with a pat on the trunk and a state certificate. Since Cali v. Smog is a test-only station, motorists can gauge their car's environmental output without being coerced into buying a new muffler or putting their vehicle on a regimen of high-fiber motor oils.
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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.
For more than 20 years, GotCarWash.com has been providing unlimited car washes to customers nationwide through its innovative membership program. Online clients simply browse a list of locations—more than 90 in California alone—and sign up for unlimited cleanings at the most accessible one. But regardless of which location they choose, they can rest assured that their car will be bathed by professionals wielding only the highest quality cleaning products on the market. The teams strip away grime with biodegradable shampoos and cleansers, as well as top-notch formulas like a special closed-cell Envirosoft Foam, a cleansing foam designed not to scratch exteriors. The cleansing arsenal also includes products like ArmorAll Professional—which the crews have dubbed the "Cadillac of chemicals"—and Rain-X, both of which work to protect the car's finish from harsh environmental factors and any birds that decide to hold tap dance practice on its hood.