In 1952, after years of ferrying car batteries to wholesalers throughout Dallas in his trusty red Studebaker pickup truck, John Searcy opened a shop of his own. Now a national franchise with more than 300 locations, Interstate All Battery Center powers up gadgets from a catalog of more than 16,000 batteries. Specialized cells from an array of brands including Apple, Motorola, and Creative Labs power home electronics, including the cell phones and singing wall fish that run constantly in most modern households. Cordless tools purr warmly, and medical equipment, such as hearing aids and wheelchairs, continue their crucial functions with fresh energy. The shop also powers up vehicles from golf carts to vintage cars to RVs with batteries from Audi and other companies. The staff collects and recycles upward of 850 million pounds of batteries each year.
Thirty years ago, Sun Control had just two part-time window-tint installers. Today, they're 15 strong?each certified to install window films not just in cars, but also in homes and commercial locations. They also benefit interiors by keeping them cool on hot summer days and filtering out damaging UV rays that can fade upholstery. For homes, tinting reduces heating and cooling costs and decreases glare while still allowing in natural light. To ensure proper fit and a seamless look, the 3M certified installers cut films and bless them with a lifetime warranty.
All Tune & Lube's ASE-certified techs mend and maintain all foreign and domestic makes and models. Armed with an impressive array of tools both mental and physical, they handle everything from oil changes and alignments to brake repairs and engine replacements. For customer convenience, they work quickly and efficiently, offering same-day service in most cases.
Marshalltown Aviation charters flights to small airports not normally served by national airlines. Its Piper Cheyenne IIIA aircrafts can hold up to eight passengers each, and can cut long trips down with comfortable rides in the air. For those who want to learn how to pilot aircraft themselves, Marhsalltown Aviation also runs lessons for private and commercial pilot certificates along with flight instructor training. During introductory flights, potential aviators get a taste of the open sky and learn basic flight skills, such as how to tell which clouds are actually made of cotton candy.
With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Auto Service has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X Auto Service reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
From tiny AAAs to the powerhouse beneath the hood of your car, Interstate Batteries provides electrical solutions for gadgets of all sizes. This home, office, and battery supply store stocks a wide range of electronics and portable power conductors including laptops, car batteries, security lighting, and medical equipment. Whether you need a cellphone to stick in your back pocket or a battery to make your tractor go, they can provide the necessary tools with quick, friendly service.