With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Tire & Auto has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
Royal Gate Dodge introduces drivers to gleaming stables of new and used Chryslers, Dodges, Jeeps, and Rams in Ellisville and Columbia, Illinois. Certified specialists stand ready at both dealerships to fix what ails a sluggish Dodge Avenger or to help a Jeep Patriot Sport remember the preamble to the Constitution. Car owners can drop off their injured autos six days a week at either service center—both are open six days a week, but the Ellisville shop closes later (11 p.m. Monday through Friday). The technicians in Ellisville also provide collision-repair services in a 14,000-square-foot facility equipped with computerized estimating systems, digital imaging, and year-round climate control.
For six decades, Lou Fusz’s savvy mechanicals have revived ailing autos with fresh fluids, tire care, and safety inspections that keep all components running at the same speed. Technicians rehydrate thirsty engines with a full dose of oil and lube (a $30 value). A new filter inoculates cars against oil-borne contaminants and other vehicular viruses, while windshields wipe their brows in relief with newly installed blades (a $34 value). After a team of trusty wheel-wranglers rotates tires to balance tread wear (a $15 value), a thorough safety check scrutinizes two dozen essential elements for signs of trouble, such as cracked casings or failed emissions tests stuffed into the undercarriage.
Frank Leta Auto Group's professional auto menders keep engines purring and exteriors sparkling with detailing and maintenance packages. During the 20-minute preferred detail, technicians wash down fusty frames and restore tires to their factory-fresh sheen. As cloths wipe-down interior surfaces and windows, vacuums explore nooks and crannies for dust bunnies and raccoons made of old fast-food wrappers. The maintenance package kicks-off as mechanics convince engines to trade-in soiled oil for a fresh batch of lubricant. Staffers then run through a 40-point inspection and rotate tires to help autos' insides run as smoothly as their tires roll. The 45-minute package also features a complimentary executive car wash, which rejuvenates exteriors sullied from regular commutes or irregular commutes through paintball arenas.
For more than half a century, Suntrup Automotive Group has been a thriving hub for the exchange and maintenance of man's best mechanical friend. Oil changes, tire rotations, safety inspections, and training-wheel adjustments are only a few of the many services that the factory-trained technicians offer to cars, SUVs, and trucks. While their jalopies are on the mend, motorists can visit the waiting area to test-drive computer workstations, complimentary WiFi, TVs, and vending machines. All locations also house lots filled with new and preowned vehicles from companies including Nissan, BMW, Ford, and GMC, each of them eagerly waiting for the chance to call your garage its home.
Traffic Jams Complete Car Center has been in the mobile-electronics business since 1991. It carries mobile sound systems, video systems, and alarms from brands such as Pioneer and JVC. Its electronic-certified technicians install and service these systems.