Phil Chu and Darren Cho, the body and service specialists at AlphaWerx Auto Inc., spent years honing their automotive chops in training and apprenticeships at major manufacturers before turning their tireless work ethic to their own vehicle-perfecting institution. With a degree in auto body repair and two refinishing competitions under his belt—in which he placed first and second place—Phil decided to open his own shop and put his painstaking craftsmanship to work on collision and paint repairs. Service technician Darren Cho started out in small garages, where his passions blossomed and landed him apprenticeships working with European vehicles and later with Honda. A six-year stint at BMW fermented his knowledge and acumen for high-end cars and their entourages.
The trophies that line the inside of Royalty Auto Spa’s waiting room gleam, reflecting the care the staff takes when detailing the insides and outsides of each customer’s four-wheeled friend. Using only top-notch products and buckets of elbow grease, the detail-oriented car cleansers doll up dirty road-huggers with sudsy soft-cloth baths, a vacuum session, and a gentle hand dry to protect the coat. While autos undergo their pampering sessions, customers can prop their feet up in the waiting lounge and enjoy a snack or beverage while watching the TV tell knock-knock jokes.
Fine Details deals exclusively in restoring cleanliness to motor vehicles with hands-on car wash and detailing services. Erase unsightly symptoms of overuse with a full-scale hand wash with pre-rinse covering the entire hull from bow to stern. Wheels and rims regain gleams with specialized dressing, and exterior windows are clarified to minimize pesky opacity. The final gem coat paint protectant seals in restored shine and guards against pigment fade, harsh weather conditions, and acidic wit of adolescent comedians.
At more than 25 locations across Ontario, Oil Changers technicians make quick work of cars with their signature nine-minute oil change. Petro-Canada motor oil fuels this speedy lube job, a service complemented by extras such as emissions testing, headlight replacement, wiper-blade work, and maintenance services as recommended by the technicians' VIN-identifying, Henry Ford-approved scanners. With eco-consciousness in mind, these car experts embraced a closed-loop recycling program for used oil that allowed them to save the carbon equivalent of 7,324 barrels of oil in 2011.
The exhaust system is a necessity of a powerful engine, allowing cars to safely breathe out the byproducts of their daily combustion. And exhaust is exactly what the ASE-certified technicians at L&G Auto specialize in—it's the featured service at their full-service shop. Tools in hand, they help roadsters respire properly and use custom fabrication machinery to bend and weld exhaust systems onsite. The technicians can supply quality components for all makes and models, swapping out the flex pipe—often a weak point in exhaust systems—and replacing catalytic converters with an on-board Rumpelstiltskin that transforms parking tickets into gold. Alan Guo and the boys at L&G Auto also perform collision repair and cheer up cars with an encouraging array of non-exhaust services, from brake work to clutch replacements.
• For $23, you get a preventive auto-maintenance package, including oil change, brake inspection, and tire rotation (a $99.32 value, including HST). • For $79, you get a premium auto-detailing package (a $158.14 value, including HST).