Culver Automotive's ASE-certified technicians freshen engines with new oil while hunting for signs of excessive wear, making sure cars are healthy before they head back out to wander the asphalt. During each oil change, a new filter and up to 5 quarts of oil bring a fresh perspective to the engine's lubrication system, helping minimize engine wear and keep gas mileage at a maximum. While under the hood, auto whisperers inspect air cleaners, hoses, and belts, reporting any damage or stowaway junkyard parts to the owner. Though repairs are not included in today's Groupon, first-time customers will receive a 10% discount on labor.
At Mezian Motors, trained mechanics coddle and care for Saabs, Volvos, Volkswagens, Audis, BMWs, and MINI Coopers. They back up services with a one-year parts-and-labor warranty, and honor most extended warranties. To ensure autos receive proper maintenance, they use the latest in diagnostic equipment—locating problems quickly and precisely—and repair damaged or worn bits with genuine OEM parts. Besides mending vehicles, prospective car buyers can also peruse Mezian's line of used cars for sale.
Drawing on half a century of automotive service, Midas helps drivers to prolong vehicle vigour with factory-recommended maintenance services. Mechanics pop car hoods to perform oil changes with standard and temperature-durable synthetic solutions, taking time to inspect belts, hoses, fluids, and the air conditioner's resident penguin. Armed with efficient catalytic converters built to U.S. EPA standards, the staff helps to shrink harmful emissions during muffler and exhaust-system checks. Trained technicians augment brake services with lifetime guarantees and curate healthy, evenly worn tires with rotations or replacements from Goodyear, Michelin, Firestone, and Bridgestone.
Sampling from two different cuisines, Gloria’s Café takes the best of Mexico and El Salvador and places it under one roof, creating a cozy, home-like feel out of a storefront along Venice Boulevard. Pastel-painted walls give the room a light touch, while the map of El Salvador remind patrons where Gloria’s extremely popular pupusas originated. Other Salvadoran fare like bistec encebollado (steak and onions) and platanos fritos (fried plantains) give extra dimensions to the tacos, burritos and enchiladas that fill out the remainder of the menu. The bar area towards the back is a popular spot for an after-work beer or wine-based margarita, both of which can be complimented by a bowl of homemade soup.
There’s a simplicity in play at Liberty Tire and Auto Center, the Culver City-adjacent emporium for all things spherical and inflatable. Reasonable prices and helpful customer service has kept the company in business in a crowded market, and in a neighborhood spoiled for choice within the automotive niche. The store keeps a stock of repaired and used tires on hand for emergencies, and can also place orders for any number of sizes and styles, both regular and specialized. The shop also does some brake work, engine diagnostics and other minor work, but it’s the affordable wheel work and the straightforward, trustworthy employees that keep regular customers returning to this simple automotive shop.
There’s little to the Overland Tire Center from a structural standpoint, with a small office alongside a row of work bays and not much else to enjoy. But it’s the people inside the Center, from the greeter at the front gate through the technicians who patiently explain their work, that help set Overland Tire apart. The neighbors know the shop as a place both for affordable tires (its long-running special is any set of four 15-inch tires for $300) as well as minor auto repairs and maintenance, like oil changes. The Center also keeps a stock of used tires, so those not willing to commit to a new set of wheels can save money and pick up a single replacement when needed.