Trophy Nissan and its team of 20 ASE- and Nissan-certified technicians outfit autos with full-service tune-ups, oil changes, and cleanings. Service commences inside the 44,000-square-foot facility with an oil and filter change, reenergizing operating systems with life-sustaining fluids. A tire rotation distributes wear and tear on all four pavement pounders, keeping the car driving as smoothly as a baby covered in high-performance motor oil. Additionally, multipoint probing searches for mechanical problems simmering below a soon-to-be-gleaming car surface, which is soon to be enhanced by an interior suction of lingering dust mites.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Center's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
Town East Ford's service center employs a team of factory-trained technicians ready to keep vehicles of all makes and models running and rolling smoothly. The 60-minute service begins with an oil change, where mechanics convince engines to spit out their soiled crude and gulp a fresh batch of conventional motor oil. While autos hang in the air atop a lift bay, staffers rotate tires to balance tread-wear and run through a multipoint inspection to check for potential issues or accumulations of orange cones in the wheel wells. A complimentary car wash cleanses exteriors of built-up dirt and grime, sending cars on their way with a factory-fresh finish. As customers wait to be reunited with their four-wheeled babies, they can run errands with the help of Town East Ford's courtesy shuttle or practice advanced thumb-wrestling moves on their nondominant hand.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
Dallas Pro Audio & Tint specializes in mobile electronics and security. On the electronics side, they boast the products and the staff to bring cars into the 21st century. This includes sound, video, and accessories from leading brands and technicians with the knowhow to seamlessly integrate the new technology. In addition to stereo systems and the like, the team installs LCD monitors, backup cameras, portable DVD players, and navigation devices.
Then there's the security side of things, which helps protect newly installed electronics. Technicians outfit rides with alarm systems, remote starters, breathalyzers, and window tints. They offer window tints from brands such as 3M, which add a sleek look to the car and keep its insides safe from the sun, the heat, and the envious gaze of horse-buggy drivers.
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with professional brake services including a lifetime warranty on parts, labor and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, suspension repair, and belt replacement.