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.
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Heartland Jiffy Lubes enjoy the benefits of being under the Heartland Automotive Services umbrella, putting them in good company along with more than 435 Jiffy Lubes nationwide that service more than five million customers each year. They specialize in the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change, which comes standard with a fresh-from-the-box oil filter and up to 5 quarts of quality motor oil, plus a comprehensive lineup of other vehicle maintenance checkups. Highly trained technicians also perform cosmetic and mechanical services including inspections, emissions testing, transmission service, and counseling for 1960s Corvettes that are going through a mid-life crisis.
With its sloping, spanish-tiled roof and matching fill-station canopy, Emerald Oil looks more like a roadside chateau than a roadside gas station. Nonetheless, visitors to this La Mesa hot spot can fill up their tanks—both gasoline and propane—and pick up any number of little conveniences. Inside the station shop, beer, liquor, and tobacco products rub elbows with a wide variety of sodas, coffee, and snacks. Customers can pick up lotto tickets and newspapers or ask the clerks’ assistance in filling up propane tanks and dream journals until 10 p.m. daily.
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.