Almost a century ago, it was 1914 and William J. Cassidy was gazing out from his livery stable to watch the newfangled automobiles rumble past on Roosevelt Road. He knew then that he’d been right to expand from shoeing horses to also servicing tires. Never having children, Will took his 16-year-old nephew, Hugh, under his wing in the venture. When Will retired, Hugh took over and kept the company afloat even during the bleakest days of the Depression and WWII. Hugh’s six sons all followed in the family footsteps, opening additional locations in the suburbs, and then their children opened even more.
Today, those descendants operate 15 Cassidy Tire & Service locations throughout the city and suburbs. The Cassidy experts keep vehicles running smoothly as they grow old by practicing a full range of other auto services, from rotating tires to changing oil and flushing transmissions.
At Nuno's Complete Car Care Inc., teams of ASE-certified technicians perform preventative maintenance and full-scale repairs on domestic and imported vehicles of any make or model, often rolling out freshly fixed vehicles within the same day of arrival. The bustling shops pride themselves on their family ownership, with president Bobby Nuno at the helm alongside his brother Ed, who serves as general manager and prince regent of the company. Sophisticated diagnostic equipment ensures that engines, transmissions, shocks, and exhaust systems run smoothly, and a handy online garage keeps customers up to date with any recalls, upcoming service needs, or discounts.
With more than 90 years of family-run experience, Lazar's emphasizes function and aesthetics as they help parents-to-be select clothes, bottles, and bedding for their budding bundles of joy. Tour its 9,000-square-foot showroom to equip kiddies with a secure and latex-free Café booster seat ($59.95) or prime pintsize adventurers for their first road trip with a new stroller or Primo Viaggio car seat ($249.99). Lazar's trained staff can also pair parents with all-natural baby accessories, including the Coco organic crib mattress ($399) or brand-name baby furniture from Romina, Munire, Pali, and Bonavita. Lazar also carries an assortment of bath-time accoutrement including the European spa baby tub ($44.95) as well as colorful toys to entertain children in between baths.
With participating locations nationwide, Auto Care Special lets customers reach out to their local garages for a grab bag of free and discounted maintenance services. Cards may be redeemed for multiple vehicles over the course of one year for services such as oil changes, safety inspections, and engine-light diagnoses. Those who move or create alter-egos over the course of the year can scan the locations page for participating garages in their new cities of residence to receive a complimentary maintenance bundle.
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.
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The seasoned mechanics at 3C Automotive & Repair have the expertise to understand the complaints and fears of both foreign and domestic vehicles. Their full menu of services addresses problems simple and complex—sludgy oil, worn-out tires, ailing transmissions, or alternators on strike. The automotive magicians can also hook up axles with alloy and chrome-plated wheels, tint windows, and perform paintless dent repair to fix damage from hail or a shopping cart's aggressive bear hug.:m]]