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.
The ASE-certified technicians at Auto Plus understand that an unexpected car malfunction can put a damper on a client's day. To ease car-created stresses, technicians begin services with upfront pricing and a free inspection for any auto brought in. The company's free shuttle service ferries clients to and from the repair center while their cars are busy with the technicians, and free loaner cars await drivers whose carriages need multiday extended work. Additionally, the shop carries a range of tires, holds Saturday hours for busy clients, offers local towing services, and translates favorite quotes into engine noises free of charge.
For more than two decades, Cars And Trucks has kept motors running with an exhaustive menu of maintenance and repair services. The shop’s team of skilled technicians uses top diagnostic equipment to inspect cars of all makes and models, both foreign and domestic, before tackling simple jobs, such as changing oil, or trickier endeavors, including electrical-system repairs and coaxing ghosts from tailpipes. A comfortable lobby equipped with glowing TVs and plentiful beverages houses waiting customers, and the shop’s helpful front desk gives offsite clients a call once the job is complete.
The professional detailing technicians at Route 38 Auto Wash & Detail augment their cleansing handiwork with an all-star lineup of brand-name products, including Meguiar's wax, Lexol leather conditioner, and Armor All rust inhibitor. They reach for these products, along with doses of Simoniz tire shine and Rain-X, during interior and exterior detailing sessions, which give cars a shinier shell that is less likely to be thrown back into the sea. The facility features a full-service car wash tunnel and an array of à la carte services, including carpet shampooing, hand washes, and paintless dent removal.
So established is Circle K Midwest that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.
Just because you have wheels doesn’t mean you can travel. Recognizing that a busy schedule can be prohibitive to automobile upkeep, the skilled staff of ABC Detail hustles to each client’s home, office, or picturesque parking lot of choice to free jalopies of dirt and detritus inside and out. The team also caters to the needs of collector vehicles with customized detailing services and reassurances that they’re still their owner’s favorite.