Michael Kornfeld has loved many cars in his life, from the red 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme convertible he can still be seen driving from time to time, to the minivan he now calls his daily driver. This dichotomy seems to reflect the philosophy of Salit Auto Repair’s team of technicians, who turn their expertise toward vehicles from sporty to practical. Nestled inside the barn-style office, the garage rattles with the sounds of pneumatic car lifts, smooth-running engines, and the squeak of owners practicing their Dukes of Hazzard hood slide.
Payless Car Sales features a large inventory of pre-owned vehicles from domestic and foreign manufacturers. Each car on the lot or inside the showroom comes with a 127-point inspection and free vehicle-history report, which can tell you if your car ever drove through a wall or dabbled in diesel oil. Technicians are also on hand in the service department for oil changes, tire rotations, and other services that keep cars running smoothly.
Brake-O-Rama began as one location in 1949 but now boasts 14 service centers speckled across the East Coast. Together these automotive hospitals work as a force, repairing and maintaining domestic and imported vehicles of virtually any make and model. Before sourcing spare parts from the company's private warehouses, Brake-O-Rama's ASE-certified technicians thoroughly analyze vehicles with advanced diagnostic technology that includes four-wheel computerized alignment systems, electron microscopes that scan for chipped paint finishes, and magnifying glasses ever in search for clues to Professor Plum's murder. Meanwhile, Firestone, Goodyear, and Michelin tires fill the supply closets, allowing the patrons to tighten their grip on the asphalt before a cross-country trip.
The hard-working car washers at Staten Island Auto Bath restore glowing complexions to autos while protecting tires and paint from damage. Using high-pressure machines, they evict grime from jalopies and add protective coats of wax, tire-shielding treatments, and a thick pair of long underwear to restore showroom shines. Air compressors dry all visiting vehicles, which roll in and out from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. seven days a week.
Since Angelo Resta first opened his business 67 years ago, Resta's Car Care & Rental has kept customers happy and vehicles shipshape with expert detailing, oil changes, new tires, and repair services. The bustling, five-bay auto shop traces its origins to 1946, when most of the roads around Somerset were paved in dirt, and cars were still propelled by 2-ton steam engines. Today, Angelo's sons, Ed and Frank, run the business, which is now a certified NAPA Auto Care Center where clients drop off their modern four-wheeled friends for certified state inspections, emissions repairs, buffing and waxing services, and axle, air-conditioning, and transmission repairs. Drivers can also refuel their cars, trucks, and SUVs at the full-service Shell gas station, or pick up a convenient rental vehicle from nearby Fred's Auto Rental.
As an ASE- and TIA--certified facility, American Tire & Auto Care keeps its technicians up to date on automotive trends and advanced auto-repair techniques. The full-service tire shop equips cars with tires from reputable brands such as Michelin, BF Goodrich, Pirelli, and Yokohama. Inside the repair shop, highly trained car-care professionals maintain rides with services that range from batteries and AC repair to glass repair, transmission repair, and oil changes that use freshly milked oil from a hormone-free Winnebago. Customers can visit one of six locations, each of which is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.