From custom leather seats to eye-catching spoilers, Autoplex by Vanworks refurbishes cars, trucks, and SUVs with interior and exterior accessories. Window tints by 3M, Webasto sun roofs, and bumpers are just part of the shop’s exterior enhancements; technicians also equip rides with tires by Michelin and Good Year. On the inside, technicians install both luxuries and necessities, including seat-heaters, floor mats, and LiquiCell Comfort equipment, which save drivers from a sore coccyx after a long road-trip or stake-out of their old principal's house. Alpine products drive Autoplex’s electronics division, where the professional installers can soup up systems with everything from overhead video units to vehicle-specific navigation systems.
Green Garage's earth-conscious technicians outfit automobiles with a cadre of eco-friendly products that can increase gas mileage and reduce carbon footprints. Re-refined oil floods a fresh dual-stage oil filter with a fluid combination capable of lasting up to 30,000 miles. Cars full of fresh lifeblood receive a window and interior primping, plus an energy intervention diagnostic and 53-point inspection to ensure vehicular efficiency. Large nitrogen molecules dwarf everyday air as they suffuse tires to slow leaks and boost fuel economy by up to 3%. Accommodating technicians will bike, drive, or ride the furls of Mother Nature's breath to customers within a 5-mile radius for convenient and complimentary pickup and drop-off valet service.
PlanetSwim founder and owner Stephan's life is a timeline of aquatic achievements, containing awards that he won as a competitive swimmer as well as several teaching titles—lifeguard trainer and Red Cross–certified swim instructor among them. At PlanetSwim, Stephan holds his staff to similar standards. Each teacher has a minimum of five years of swim-instruction experience and has also been Red Cross–certified. Together, the team channels its knack for tutelage into swim lessons for children and adults of all ages in indoor, heated pools, including the one in Louisville, which is filled with warm water to encourage students to get in.
PlanetSwim's philosophy centers around personal attention, an element that demands small class sizes and a supportive atmosphere. Whether they are leading a 10-minute lesson for a water-shy toddler or an intermediate course on different strokes, the instructors monitor their pupils closely to ensure both comfort and development of technique.
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with professional brake services including a lifetime warranty on parts, labor and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, suspension repair, and belt replacement.
At AutoHaus of Boulder, owners Nic Godebu and Mark Mauro, Jr., showcase their expertise in revamping German vehicles. The ASE-certified duo specializes in Audis, Volkswagens, BMWs, Porsches, and Minis; Godebu is factory trained in Audi's A3, A4, A6 all-road, and A8 models. They augment their handiwork with products from APR and Castrol and offer customers a complimentary initial diagnostic check and a waiting area designed by expert loungers.
AutoWorks, Inc.'s Vale-certified paintless-dent-repair technicians restore vehicles battered by hail and help car-owners to navigate negotiations with insurance companies. Their skillful handiwork restores average pitting by hail within one or two days, a quick enough turnaround to get vehicles ravaged on Wednesdays ready for ramps over the Grand Canyon by the weekend. Workers employ steel rods of varying sizes to knead dents from damaged panels rather than replace them, shaping the metal to prevent the re-emergence of craters later on in most cases. Unless hail cracks the car's lacquer, the process sidesteps the time-consuming and eco-hazardous process of restoring the shell with paint and filler. In addition to wrangling insurance claims and rounding up rental cars to pick up clients, the friendly car-care professionals pen lifetime warranties on all repairs as well as lonesome ballads about life in the garage.