Founded in 1983 with a combination of Alan Cox’s mechanical know-how and Sherry Richardson’s business savvy learned at Georgia State University, Alan Cox Automotive has grown to include a team of ASE-certified technicians ready to revamp cars from Honda, Acura, Kia, Hyundai, and more, with services that span both the performance and racing spectra. Today, Sherry's technicians keep roadsters in highway-ready condition with general maintenance services and soup up autos with DynoTune installations, engine modifications, and novelty hood ornaments. Technicians stay in work mode outside of the garage, from Marshall Winkeljohn earning car-show plaudits for restoring a 1979 Honda Accord LX two-door from the frame up, to Jeremy Bucy cranking gears under pressure as a pit-crew member for Black Dog Racing.
VP Automotive's technicians accomplish everything from oil changes and engine replacements to paintless dent repair and diagnostics. They work on all makes and models of cars, specializing in luxury and classic vehicles. At their collision center, certified paint and body repair professionals restore busted up vehicles to like-new condition after accidents or making Chuck Norris angry. For customers seeking a whole new look, the crew can airbrush on a new coat of paint or make customized modifications, such as beefing up fenders and adding spoilers. Additionally, they staff glass experts who repair and replace chipped windshields, or darken windows with high quality tinting films.
Working under the prestigious ASE banner, Accurate Care Automotive's technicians service and repair imported Japanese, Korean, and other vehicles with practiced skill. They perform everything from routine maintenance—such as changing the oil or testing the GPS navigator on its state capitals—to hefty repair jobs and engine replacements. While their cars are being serviced, drivers can unwind in the facility's waiting lounge and savor sips of free coffee.
For more than 20 years, the certified technicians at Dekra Emission Check have done one thing and done it well: superfast Georgia-state vehicle-emissions tests. Although most patrons choose to stay in the car and alphabetize their eight-track collection during the typically five-minute inspection, many of the growing list of almost 30 Atlanta-area locations feature an indoor lounge for auto owners to kick back in. If a vehicle’s emissions exceed the regulated limit, the team advises drivers of their options and performs a free retest at a later date.
Since its creation in 1925, Dekra Emission Check’s umbrella company, Dekra, has grown to include more than 30,000 employees in 50 countries. In addition to having performed more than three million vehicle inspections in the United States, the larger business offers services such as expert appraisals, industrial product testing and certifications, and management-system certifications.
Snaking through paint-splattered trees, the marksman kneels behind a wooden cable spool, carefully lining up a shot as an opponent clambers uphill past a row of paintball-ridden boards. Little does the marksman know that, from the second-level of a nearby wooden structure, another player points a marker in his direction and laughs a maniacal laugh. Such scenes have unfolded since 1998 at Carnage Paintball, which began hosting refereed bouts as Club Paintball in 1994. Open-play sessions commence every Saturday and Sunday, and weekdays only accommodates private parties and group outings.