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.
Since 1987, the Auto Image crew has been equipping cars with upgrades for all makes and models. 3M window film tints windows to help block out unwanted UV rays and increase privacy better than trading in all of the blinds in your home for camouflage curtains. Professional cleaning crews offer various levels of auto detailing, which include services such as waxing, engine cleaning, and washing by hand. Technicians also install remote start systems, security alarms, and keyless entry systems from brands such as Viper and Avital. Custom audio and video installations draw from the shelves of top industry brands such as Alpine, JL Audio, and Pioneer, and their services range from hands-free Bluetooth integration to GPS navigation, custom speaker enclosures, and DVD receivers.
Tire Barn's mechanics draw on more than 65 years of combined experience to service hard-working cars as they roll into one of the service bays tucked inside the garage's clean brick façade. Barely-there wait times disappear in an accommodating showroom area stocked with a 46-inch HDTV, glimmering chrome wheels, and free WiFi for building a website commemorating a young car's first oil change. Amid the cranking ratchets of four garage bays, heavy treaded rubber wraps around bare rims in trusted tire brands such as Michelin, Goodyear, and Continental. The full-service staff goes a step beyond routine tire and oil swaps and offers comprehensive repairs including computerized engine analyses and alloy-rim repair for wheels in the habit of streaking.
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.
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At HMG Auto Repair, owner Danielle wields a decade of technical experience at Volkswagen, Nissan, and private garages to ensure vehicles leave her custody with reliable remote-control starters. After owners book their car for an overnight stint in HMG's auto lodge, staffers supplement traditional ignitions with an automatic starter. Attached to a specialized remote, the system allows vehicles to warm their interiors and any leftover hot dogs on the dashboard before their owners' chilly morning commute.