Named Best Auto-Repair Shop in Santa Cruz by _Good Times _ for the past two years running, Specialized Auto offers a menu of maintenance measures to unstick bubble-gummed clutches and realign roaming steering columns. Trained car whisperers adjust fluid levels and exorcize possessed windshield wipers during routine oil changes ($43.50). Sweeten metal lemons with a 5,000-mile service inspection ($50.54), which thoroughly inspects all fluids, lights, and filters, or raise your auto's emission standards with a smog check ($49.85). The shop treats all modes of motion to a courtesy hand wash to compliment their newly invigorated interiors.
Owned and operated by Master ASE Technicians, Extra Mile Repair treats cars to skilled workmanship and their owners to thoughtful customer service. Besides harnessing special knowledge of the Land Rover and Mini Cooper, the shop's mechanics know how to keep most wheeled things rolling smoothly through all seasons. Services range from brake repair and tire rotations to oil changes, safety inspections, and other ways to make improvements on one's auto without having Ursula the Sea Witch steal interesting voices for the GPS.
The technicians at Soquel Collision and Mechanical Center spare vehicles the embarrassment of chipped paint or smashed frames with expert collision and repair services. Using top-notch equipment and paint, the I-Car–certified crew handles everything from changing oil and aligning wheels to repairing the damage from accidents or sudden boulderstorms. The garage also dispatches tow trucks to haul busted vehicles into the shop.
As a testament to its 46-year history of trusted service and repairs, Opal Cliffs Auto Center has garnered certification from the California Green Business Program and approval from AAA. During the premium oil change, ASE-approved technicians inject engines with up to 5 quarts of clean, standard oil and fortify wheels with a tire rotation, tire-pressure check, and brake inspection. Next, the motor masters conduct a multipoint inspection of 25 parts—chosen by importance and kinship to Henry Ford—including the seat belts, exhaust, shocks, and fluid levels. The initial maintenance session that combines the oil change and inspection can last up to two hours. Additionally, the facility's state-certified smog inspectors monitor harmful exhaust during the standard smog check, ensuring vehicles comply with state laws and that tailpipes aren't clogged with old bumper stickers.
Almost all of the foodstuffs at Santa Cruz Local Foods hail from farms within a hundred-mile radius, making a weekly shopping trip as eco-friendly as it is convenient. After ordering online, you’ll have a box ready for either pickup or delivery the following Tuesday, packed with eight selections of the season's ripest produce, such as sweet potatoes, apples, avocados, pod-people pods, and lettuce. Bread, cheese, and olive oil might round out your pic-a-nic basketload of fresh, healthy vittles. Besides filling your body with fruit that doesn't have the waxy aftertaste of wax fruit, a box of goodies from Santa Cruz Local Foods fits your carbon footprint into the daintiest sandal and supports family farms in the community.