When the family-owned Weikel's Auto Repair opened in 1994, its ASE-certified technicians inspected cars in a cozy three-bay shop. As demand for their expertise grew, so did their need for space, machinery, and equipment. These days, in a roomier shop, ASE-certified master technician Steve Weikel and his team administer extensive services for all automotive systems and car makes, including hybrids. The crew aligns wheels and tires, ensures electrical wiring functions properly, and replaces brake pads and hoses, keeping any flowers growing on the driver's side properly watered. Weikel's crew also performs state safety and emissions inspections, outfits vehicles with Michelin or Bridgestone tires, and assists broken-down cars with 24/7 towing.
Black-and-white checkerboard floors and faux traffic lights greet every customer that walks into United Auto's lobby. Photos of antique cars hover above a black couch, which is flanked by a candy machine and a shelf overflowing with children's toys. Beyond this sleek lobby, ASE-certified technicians toil away with tools and more than 25 years of know-how. They welcome cars for services as simple as an oil change or as complicated as engine repair and also perform state-mandated inspections to ensure cars are safe for the road and not churning out excess pollution or trash talk. On the other side of the garage, an auto parts store stocks all the essentials—from spark plugs to air fresheners and floss for the grill—for motorists who enjoy working on their own cars.
The family behind Paul’s Electronics draws on more than two decades of automotive experience to service, update, and enhance customers’ rides. Wielding products from some of the most recognized brands in the industry, such as Alpine, Viper, Pioneer, and Clarion, the team tricks out cars with custom audio systems, iPod integration, and GPS-navigation installation. Key fobs from Paul’s come padded with features such as alarms, keyless entry, and remote-starter mechanisms, which let drivers warm up cars in the winter or cool them down after a dragon attack. The team’s expertise extends beyond electronics into the realm of rims and tires, window tinting, and paintless dent removal, services they exact upon makes of all kind from manufacturers such as Hummer, Dodge, Infiniti, and Jaguar.
The team of ASE-certified technicians at Millevoi's Tire & Service Center keeps horseless chariots stopping and going smoothly with a bevy of auto-care services. Cars delivered into the hands of the AAA-approved auto-repair center can swap out their soiled motor oil for up to 5 quarts of standard engine juice freshly squeezed from mechanical grapefruits. During the same visit, the staff can also rotate tires, lubricate the chassis, install new oil filters, and run through a 30-point safety inspection. An air-conditioning system check ensures the car's air vents are exhaling heartily, and a new pair of wiper blades helps to maintain windshield transparency while cars drive through rain or crash slip 'n' slide tournaments. Scheduled maintenance packages and computerized wheel alignments impart peace of mind, which the auto shop augments with a 36-month/36,000-mile warranty on parts and labor. The facility's waiting lounge features coffee, TV, and newspapers to entertain owners as they wait for their vehicles to roll out of the shop all patched up and ready to drive into the immediate future.