With more than 90 years of experience, Ed Schmidt keeps the area's automobiles pristine from bow to stern. The detailing package exfoliates each vehicle's exterior with a grime-blasting wash and dragon-fire dry. Vacuums embark on a search-and-destroy mission through interior carpets and dashboard panels to obliterate dust and dirt. Equipped with streak-slaying cloths, technicians wipe windows inside and out so you can stare directly as the sun without any dust refraction. Finally, wheels are cleaned and dressed in formal attire, enabling entry to high-school proms, weddings, and velvet-roped doctor’s offices.
Taylor Auto’s medical mechanics nurse weary vehicles back to health with a battery of internal and external treatments. Taylor’s oil change zaps out thick, gunky crude and replaces it with quarts of pure black gold, smoothing the way for taxed engine parts and inspiring new plot points for The Beverly Hillbillies fan-fiction. Technicians exorcise dirt demons from a car’s nooks and crannies during the shop’s mini-detail session, blessing vehicles with a lustrous shine inside and out. Inspired by Vegas dealers, Taylor’s tire rotation shuffles the vulcanized deck, keeping spinners fresh prior to high-rolling departures. Each motor-coach makeover lasts about one–two hours, getting roadsters back on the open highway ahead of rush hour or clown-car drag races.
In addition to proudly donning the insignia that represents ASE certification, all of the technicians at Oakdale Truck & Auto spent at least 10 years beneath the service bays of dealerships. Utilizing the fruits of their experience, the techs tend to cars by providing fresh oil, tire tweaking, or pithy comebacks after encounters with witty bumper stickers. They also boost owner confidence with free inspections and the promise of warranties on all services.
The automotive center treats cars with as much courtesy as their owners. As vehicles revel in the care of technicians, drivers can take a break of their own by hopping aboard Oakdale Truck & Auto's local shuttle, which supplies free rides to homes, offices, or the nearest air-freshener factory. :m]]
Though current owner Gary Pontious Sr. purchased Toledo Auto Care in 1975, the shop’s legacy stretches even further back, to 1917. Today, Gary and his son, both certified by the Automotive Management Institute, maintain the shop’s long-held reputation with the help of a team of ASE-certified techs. These auto wizards skillfully perform a wide range of services, including warranty-backed repairs.
Aside from oiling engines and servicing car parts, Gary’s staff takes care of customers by way of free roundtrip shuttles, towing, and engine-light inspections. These customer-comfort measures extend to the shop’s tidy waiting room, which is filled with stock-car memorabilia and complimentary Starbucks coffee. The team also supports local community efforts by offering free car-care workshops and raising money to aid the fight against cancer.