Watsonville Auto Body’s technicians bring diverse training and certification—ASE and I-Car Gold Class Professionals, to name a few—to every damaged car that limps into their facility. Seldom do vehicles limp out, though, thanks to the techs’ meticulous collision repair and finish matching that returns frames, finishes, and fenders to their straight-from-the-factory glory. Structural ailments aren’t the only ones they remedy, though; onsite detailers also combat aesthetic blemishes on the inside and outside with washing, waxing, and buffing services. Watsonville Auto Body offers a lifetime warranty on all of their repairs as well as courtesy transportation within the immediate vicinity.
Named Best Auto-Repair Shop in Santa Cruz by _Good Times _ for the past two years running, Specialized Auto offers a menu of maintenance measures to unstick bubble-gummed clutches and realign roaming steering columns. Trained car whisperers adjust fluid levels and exorcize possessed windshield wipers during routine oil changes ($43.50). Sweeten metal lemons with a 5,000-mile service inspection ($50.54), which thoroughly inspects all fluids, lights, and filters, or raise your auto's emission standards with a smog check ($49.85). The shop treats all modes of motion to a courtesy hand wash to compliment their newly invigorated interiors.
As a testament to its 46-year history of trusted service and repairs, Opal Cliffs Auto Center has garnered certification from the California Green Business Program and approval from AAA. During the premium oil change, ASE-approved technicians inject engines with up to 5 quarts of clean, standard oil and fortify wheels with a tire rotation, tire-pressure check, and brake inspection. Next, the motor masters conduct a multipoint inspection of 25 parts—chosen by importance and kinship to Henry Ford—including the seat belts, exhaust, shocks, and fluid levels. The initial maintenance session that combines the oil change and inspection can last up to two hours. Additionally, the facility's state-certified smog inspectors monitor harmful exhaust during the standard smog check, ensuring vehicles comply with state laws and that tailpipes aren't clogged with old bumper stickers.
The technicians at Soquel Collision and Mechanical Center spare vehicles the embarrassment of chipped paint or smashed frames with expert collision and repair services. Using top-notch equipment and paint, the I-Car–certified crew handles everything from changing oil and aligning wheels to repairing the damage from accidents or sudden boulderstorms. The garage also dispatches tow trucks to haul busted vehicles into the shop.
From the shore, Seal Rock—with its rounded crags and compact shape—looks like an oversize filet mignon floating on the Pacific Ocean. Upon closer examination, one can see its silhouette shifting as hundreds of sea lions atop the rock bob their heads or dive into the water. In addition to hosting this majestic hoard, the rock makes for a popular stop for Segway Santa Cruz tours, which peer at it from shore on their way to other sights. Aboard eco-friendly two-wheelers, guides lead groups along Westcliff Drive en route to an array of seaside attractions, including Santa Cruz Lighthouse and Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, as well as Santa Cruz Wharf's boardwalk, restaurants, and shops. The tours are even open to guests with no experience driving a segway, as guides prep each person on the machine's workings before taking off on sightseeing around the town.
Almost all of the foodstuffs at Santa Cruz Local Foods hail from farms within a hundred-mile radius, making a weekly shopping trip as eco-friendly as it is convenient. After ordering online, you’ll have a box ready for either pickup or delivery the following Tuesday, packed with eight selections of the season's ripest produce, such as sweet potatoes, apples, avocados, pod-people pods, and lettuce. Bread, cheese, and olive oil might round out your pic-a-nic basketload of fresh, healthy vittles. Besides filling your body with fruit that doesn't have the waxy aftertaste of wax fruit, a box of goodies from Santa Cruz Local Foods fits your carbon footprint into the daintiest sandal and supports family farms in the community.