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.
As an ASE- and TIA--certified facility, American Tire & Auto Care keeps its technicians up to date on automotive trends and advanced auto-repair techniques. The full-service tire shop equips cars with tires from reputable brands such as Michelin, BF Goodrich, Pirelli, and Yokohama. Inside the repair shop, highly trained car-care professionals maintain rides with services that range from batteries and AC repair to glass repair, transmission repair, and oil changes that use freshly milked oil from a hormone-free Winnebago. Customers can visit one of six locations, each of which is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Center's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
At Coleman Buick GMC Cadillac, certified technicians combine advanced technology with good old-fashioned GM parts to maintain GM vehicles, as well as other makes and models. The crew employs computers to ensure wheels are aligned properly before making any necessary adjustments. They swap out old oil and filters for new, rotate tires, and check for signs of unrest among the ranks of hoses, belts, and clamps. Brake, power steering, and transmission services are also available. For customer convenience, all appointments can be made online.
With a full complement of automotive remedies for domestics as well as imports, Mayer's Inspection Connection's mechanical medicos beat back the rusty hands of time with scheduled maintenance and inspections. Augmented with a tire rotation and brake inspection, Mayer's standard oil change absolves engine nerve centers of built-up gunk, gear-grinding friction, and visits from the Ghost of Roadkill Past. Groupon holders can also opt for an annual state vehicle emissions inspection, ensuring road-ready roadsters and the stern eviction of muffler-flavored air.