More than 140 Tirecraft shops have popped up across the country since Town & Country Tire bought Peters Tirecraft in 1990 and morphed into Tirecraft Auto Centre. One of those shops is Dumont Tirecraft & Auto Centre, which hatched as a tire center in 1991 and eventually grew into a mature garage that today offers a full list of maintenance services and supports local organizations such as the Sooke Fall Fair and the Sooke Legion. Inside, technicians ply their trade with everything from routine oil changes to wheel alignments and custom exhaust jobs, guaranteeing their work with a 90-day warranty and a car-shaped force field. And they still dabble in their original field of interest—tires—by outfitting passenger vehicles, ATVs, trucks, and other vehicles with treads from dealers such as Bridgestone and Cooper.
Helmed by owner Monte Graham, Great Canadian Oil Change's technicians keep domestic and foreign vehicles purring with a lineup of services that garnered them the "2009 Company of the Year" award from the Westshore Chamber of Commerce. Requiring no appointments, Graham's techs replace dirty old oil with conventional oil from brands such as Mobil or synthetic blends mixed by the world's most noted bartenders. They also check other necessary fluids and perform minor maintenance such as windshield-wiper replacement. After chariots gallop out of the shop, the staff sends all used oil, filters, and antifreeze off to licensed and bonded recycling companies.
At City Discount Tires, mechanics treat vehicles of all kinds to tire changes, full-service repairs, and extensive detailing, leaving automobiles ready to face the rigours of the road with gleaming paint jobs and purring engines. They use Interstate Batteries to help cars, trucks, and ATVs stay charged. New and antique tires from brands such as Cooper, Hercules, Michelin, Uniroyal, and Excelsior keep wheels turning with trusty durability and stylish grace. A 90-day warranty backs these tires—if there's any kind of damage from road hazards such as cartoon banana peels, the technicians will replace the tire for free.
Though Fountain Tire specializes in tire sales and installation, the centre’s technicians are also aptly trained in a variety of repair and maintenance services. They right wobbly cars with new Goodyear and Dunlop tires, kick engines into high gear with Quaker State motor oils, and replace anything from transmissions to belts and hoses with Napa auto parts. The techs also take a similarly restorative approach to cosmetics with detailing services for cars as well as more obscure equipment such as farm, mining, and industrial machinery.
Ken Messerschmidt's family has been keeping car windows smooth and clear since the 1920s, when his grandfather opened one of Victoria's first auto glass companies. Having expanded to such advanced procedures as sunroof installation, the company continues to repair windshield nicks with lifetime-guaranteed efficacy. Upholstery services keep the insides of cars equally pristine, patching over threadbare spots or erasing the effects of nailing the baby's carseat down in back.
Cycle BC Rentals & Tours sends adventurers on two-wheeled explorations of British Columbia. Riders saddle up their preferred bicycle, scooter, or motorcycle before shooting down the open asphalt as they visit mountains, gardens, beaches, and castles. Over the years, Cycle BC has compiled their favourite routes—complete with distances, notable sights, and celebrities most likely to be caught hitchhiking—into one extensive online database. Riders can rent adventure, sport touring, or cruiser motorcycles, two types of scooters, as well as electronic-hybrid bicycles that give an extra umph when pedaling up daunting hills.