Brake-O-Rama began as one location in 1949 but now boasts 14 service centers speckled across the East Coast. Together these automotive hospitals work as a force, repairing and maintaining domestic and imported vehicles of virtually any make and model. Before sourcing spare parts from the company's private warehouses, Brake-O-Rama's ASE-certified technicians thoroughly analyze vehicles with advanced diagnostic technology that includes four-wheel computerized alignment systems, electron microscopes that scan for chipped paint finishes, and magnifying glasses ever in search for clues to Professor Plum's murder. Meanwhile, Firestone, Goodyear, and Michelin tires fill the supply closets, allowing the patrons to tighten their grip on the asphalt before a cross-country trip.
Blow-drying is a staple at salons, but at Black Tie Auto Detailing, the pampering salon treatment is reserved for your car. After meticulous hand washes—which include tire dressing, window cleaning, and even interior vacuuming—technicians blow-dry exteriors, then rub them down with scratch-free chamois cloths. The detailing company’s team also specializes in high-end and classic cars, and blow-drying is just one of the luxury treatments they use to beautify them and other vehicles; they also steam-clean upholstery and rub down exteriors with clay bars, rather than with massages that would be entirely lost on the vehicles.
Elkins Chevrolet is a restorative oasis in the desert of automotive disrepair, housing experienced service technicians willing to sully their hands replacing up to five quarts of spent engine grease with a fresh batch of sable lubrication. Cars may employ dipsticks as straws, lapping up two oil changes over the course of a year, making today’s Groupon an ideal fit for two-car families or automobiles piloted by squeaky tin men. Customers may upgrade to synthetic, diesel, or imported olive oil for an additional fee.
The technicians at Mr. Tire maintain and repair more than three million cars a year, replenishing oil and rotating tires for sustained, smooth vehicle performance. During the oil change and tire rotation, technicians outfit autos with new oil filters and keep engines purring with up to five quarts of conventional oil. Mr. Tire’s technicians also inspect tires’ air- and peer-pressure levels, then rotate tires before bad influences can convince them to shoplift broken glass. A brake inspection acts as a reflex test for cars, keeping vehicles’ reaction times sharp.