Performance parts and auto accessories from companies such as Injen, AEM, Brembo, and 3M decorate every inch of The Carshop's walls, displayed as a treasure trove for auto enthusiasts. Technicians with more than 20 years of experience give these parts new homes, using them in services that include engine work, lighting conversions, and custom audio-system installations. They also sell premium wheels and tires and free cars from dents caused by debris on the road or the scornful gaze of golf carts.
Don and Rick Wood, owners of Cooks Collision, can trace their auto-repair roots back to the 1930s. Their grandfather, Clyde, built cars for Ford Motor Company and later started his own body shop, where he passed his knowledge on to his son, Bob. After working as a body-shop manager for Saltnes Volkswagen, Bob took out a mortgage against his family home and purchased Cooks Auto Body, fulfilling his dream of starting his own shop?just like his dad. Today, Don and Rick carry on the family legacy with more than 30 locations, dozens of employees, and one magical vintage racecar. Their ASE-certified mechanics are factory-certified by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Jaguar, and Volvo, and they repair around 30,000 cars each year.
Specialists at Tirexperts' network of independent tire dealers fit customers? cars with durable treads from brands such as Dunlop, Kumho, and Summit. Oil changes and other maintenance services help to lengthen engines' life spans, and shock and strut maintenance can help enhance steering response, stability, and smoothness on bumpy rides atop roads paved in lychee fruit.
At each of its locations throughout the area, the technicians of Los Angeles Car Care keep their customers mobile with a wide variety of automotive repair capabilities. The team deals with leading manufacturers such as Michelin and Uniroyal when cars need new tires, but also forestalls a big tire purchase with computer balancing, rotation, and convincing current tires to think younger. Owners can also bring their sickly cars in for procedures ranging from oil changes and tune-ups to transmission repairs.
With lube and service centers spread across America, Valvoline Instant Oil Change ensures that roads from coast to coast teem with automotive vigor. Certified technicians perform a roster of services, including drive-thru oil changes that allow motorists to arrive without an appointment and remain in their car while Valvoline oils forge a truce between metal parts.
The founding family of King's Tire and Wheel Inc. opened their first retail tire shop in 1987. Today, they dot maps of Southern California with distribution centers, getting brand-name tires and wheels onto cars while keeping prices low. But the technicians at King's service stations busy themselves with more than just tires; they also keep cars roadworthy with routine-maintenance services such as oil changes, brake services, and inspirational lectures.