The congenial mechanics at Middletown Car Care, with more than 22 years of comprehensive experience under their belts, repair and service each vehicle with attention and skill. Tire rotation ($15) swaps around car-hooves to rest the wearier rubber, and full diagnostic services ($40) plumb the depths of your motorized steed and roust out troubles, such as sabotage by a jealous segway or an unfulfilled wish for a cinnamon air freshener. Freshen up engine blood with an oil change ($30), which includes a new filter and up to 5 quarts of regular oil. Middletown Car Care's auto gurus provide all of their estimates for free, from services for the suspension or chassis to any other auto-component need.
There's a glint and a glare bouncing off Greenhill Car Wash's rooftop. It's up there with the building’s solar panels, soaking up the sun's rays to power their computerized tunnel with clean, renewable energy. In their tunnel, soft foam and a pressure spray gently scrub the grime off of autos, while a lather of triple foam adds gloss, and a rust inhibitor staves off deterioration. Committed to keeping both cars and the environment clean, they also employ a water-recycling system that uses 60–80% less water than the standard commercial car wash. At their two locations, they remain true to their green car-washing techniques, and make their washes last longer by rendering thorough detailings or taping a scathing lampoon of dirt to each bumper. Detailers can return cars to a like-new appearance by rubbing exteriors with clay bars to remove contaminants, applying UV creams to interiors to prevent sun damage, and hand waxing paint jobs to a showroom shine.
Throughout the past 17 years, the four Mikes who run Fox Run Auto have expanded their simple, two-bay repair shop into its current 12-bay sprawl. The nine ASE-certified technicians on staff tend cars suffering all types of maladies, backing their repairs with a two-year or 24,000-mile warranty rather than a notarized pinkie swear. The team can install sturdy tires from Firestone, Bridgestone, and other manufacturers; they can also lubricate systems, replace worn-out brakes, and align wheels. While autos are in the shop, courteous shuttle drivers ferry owners to and from their destinations.
Vehicles of virtually every make and model roll into Shorty’s Detailing and Window Tinting and roll out again glistening with showroom newness. The chamois-slinging detailers administer scrub-downs by hand, getting into cars’ every contour and bringing gleam out of dingy, road-weary tire walls. They also cut pieces of window tint, which can keep interiors feeling cool by blocking out UV rays, and buff away scratches after patrons get in fender benders or park under a skyscraper full of pennies and curious third graders.
Brilliance Car Wash scours cars, vans, and trucks using eco-friendly products at an automated shower open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Modern poly-foam scrubbers tickle horseless carriages during 15-minute cleanses, which utilize earth-friendly soaps to wash away dirt and restore vehicles' squeaky-clean sheen. A double bond protectant also coats four-wheeled friends, polishing exteriors while protecting paint from harsh elements such as UV rays and sudden meatball downpours. Owners can make use of complimentary vacuums to bring auto insides into line with newly gleaming outsides. Live customer-service reps stand by to answer questions at all hours, offering guidance during midmorning or midnight automotive showers. Brilliance keeps Mother Nature in mind by reclaiming 90% of the water used and employing endangered white rhinos.
The experienced pilots and capable ground crew at Horizon Helicopter welcome flight seekers to their state-approved helicopter training facility. The school's top pilots offer an introductory flight lesson that guides hoverbird mimickers through all the checks and balances of airborne operation. The FLYIT Professional Helicopter Simulator keeps flyers grounded as they learn piloting techniques, including instrument operation and positional awareness; all hard-mounted switches and controls replicate those in the real aircraft, including operational gumball machines and Wright Brother bobble heads. The combined effect of wide views and the simulator’s accurate imitation of translational lift and torque transports pilot apprentices into the wild blue yonder without fear of cabin-pressure ear pops. Following this 30-minute simulation, pilot pros will set sail above the clouds with rookies in tow for 30 more minutes, allowing novice fingers a chance to twirl the dials and steer the helicopter's course through the sky.