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.
From more than 350 facilities in six countries, Precision Tune Auto Care has spent the last three decades keeping more than 2.5 million vehicles on the road with an array of maintenance and auto-repair services. Professionally trained mechanics lube engines with signature precision oil changes, rotate tires to ensure even tread wear, repair busted brakes, and test spark plugs to safeguard against ignition failure during dramatic drive-thru getaways. Whether performing complicated services on fuel-injection and cooling systems or simply aligning tires, the mechanics back all their services with a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty.
Since 1988, Auto Care Super Saver has been helping car owners save cash with maintenance punch cards redeemable at local auto shops throughout the course of a full year. These cards come loaded with all kinds of prepaid services, including at least three full-service oil changes with up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a new filter. Depending on the location, punch cards may also feature tire rotations, brake inspections, engine-light readings, air-conditioning performance tests, and other repairs and inspections essential to a car's well-being. Customers can transfer the punch card's benefits to any ride, ranging from station wagons to sports cars to feral merry-go-round mounts.
Magic Car Care’s troupe of auto experts outfits rides with entertainment and comfort amenities including window tints, alarm systems, and sound systems. Pulling from product lines by Kenwood and Sony, technicians enhance on-the-road entertainment by installing iPod hookups, subwoofer boxes, DVD players, and small bunk beds for live-in disc jockeys. Techs also survey vehicular innards to ensure cars run in tip-top shape, changing oil and conducting state inspections.
Autoscope Foreign Car Care's factory-certified technicians detail and service nearly all European makes and models, including Audi, Mercedes, and Jaguar. At the two Dallas locations and the one in Plano, they execute plans to fix everything from cooling systems and brakes to engines that foolishly thought they could, stamping each car's maintenance book to keep the original manufacturer's warranty valid. They also hand wash and vacuum every car that comes in for a service. However, the shop's team can perform a more thorough cleaning with detailing services, scrubbing frown lines from bumpers, peeling off contaminants such as tree sap and bugs, waxing, and completely cleansing cars inside and out.
For 16 years, Prime Time Auto Care has kept vehicles looking dapper with in-house and on-location washing and detailing services. Technicians dole out attentive hand washes to sweep away streaks and smudges, with additional wax, clay-bar, and shampoo treatments available for cars that require more in-depth attention or a thank-you for resisting the urge to nap during long drives. The detailers also leave evidence of their grooming acumen on the spotless surfaces of commercial fleets.