Hi End Customs restyles vehicles with everything from Strut wheels and grills to custom sound systems. Technicians install remote starters that can make engines rev from up to 1 mile away at the touch of a pager or even a smartphone. To protect high-tech gadgetry by brands such as Sony, Pioneer, or MTX Audio from the eyes of strangers, they can also lay dark, protective tint films along the windows or install alarms that safeguard rides with multi-tone sirens and shock sensors. Outside, details that include a buff and wax ensure cars look as good on the exterior as they do on the inside and save vehicles the trouble of trying to attract potential drivers with their sense of humor.
When the experts at Colonial Nissan of Medford aren't equipping customers with new and pre-owned vehicles, they mend careworn chariots in their service department. Of Colonial Nissan’s three factory master technicians, two draw on more than 25 years of experience with Nissan as they diagnose cars with computerized equipment, nurture them with maintenance services, and calm their frazzled fuel lines with promises of one-year or 12,000-mile warranties.
A comfy waiting room cossets customers with magazines and coffee while mechanics work. A 50-inch flat-screen TV entertains eyeballs with cable television, and free WiFi flows through the room in search of cell phones, computers, and brains to connect with. Colonial Nissan of Medford also offers a round-trip shuttle service to any destination within a 10-mile radius of the dealership.
RelayRides is a new form of peer-to-peer car rental, one in which car owners around the country lend their rides to trustworthy drivers in need. The process is straightforward for both parties involved. Renters choose a ride from a list of available vehicles, be it a van for carrying the whole family or a sports car for cruising down the coastline. Owners then meet renters at an agreed-upon spot and hand over the keys. When the trip is finished, renters replace the gas and return cars to their owners' loving embrace. An online system encourages participants to rate and review their experiences, ensuring a reliable network of top-notch owners and renters.
The Motorsport Lab lets drivers tame and test a fleet of classic American muscle cars and exotic, foreign sportsters. Drivers receive instruction before sampling the speed and handling of vehicles such as the Aston Martin DB9, Bentley GT, and Lotus Elise. Instructors either compress racing experiences into 60-minute agility tests or prolong the rush by guiding drivers on three-day excursions to Tampa, the Berkshires, or the nearest no-contact demolition derby. The Motorsport Lab also runs an advanced driving school, teaching students the subtleties of controlling Ferraris and Lamborghinis.