In 1952, after years of ferrying car batteries to wholesalers throughout Dallas in his trusty red Studebaker pickup truck, John Searcy opened a shop of his own. Now a national franchise with more than 300 locations, Interstate All Battery Center powers up gadgets from a catalog of more than 16,000 batteries. Specialized cells from an array of brands including Apple, Motorola, and Creative Labs power home electronics, including the cell phones and singing wall fish that run constantly in most modern households. Cordless tools purr warmly, and medical equipment, such as hearing aids and wheelchairs, continue their crucial functions with fresh energy. The shop also powers up vehicles from golf carts to vintage cars to RVs with batteries from Audi and other companies. The staff collects and recycles upward of 850 million pounds of batteries each year.
Noble Parkway Mobil, a AAA Top Shop, combines a full-service repair shop, an automated car wash, and a handy convenience store stocked with hot coffee, cold pops, and tasty treats. In the shop, teams of ASE-certified mechanics rotate tires, carry out routine oil changes, and tackle clutch, muffler, and transmission repairs. Car cleaners prep automobiles by hand before sending cars through an automated wash cycle that buffets them in a flurry of gentle soft cloths, much like a cruise through a pillow factory. In addition to gazing into open hoods or making sure the light at the end of the wash tunnel is turned on, the technicians at Noble Parkway Mobil look after the needs of the community around them, working in tandem with local nonprofit Kaposia to find employment for workers with developmental disabilities.
Dent Kraft PDR owner Don Kavanagh oversees an experienced staff of repair specialists that delete dimples from auto-exteriors without needing to retouch car blushes. Armed with a variety of hand tools, a knowledgeable staffer will work with the metal-memory of amnesiac automobiles to permanently remove dings and restore the vehicle's original shape. No sanding, painting, or body-fillers, dent removal for a half-dollar sized blemish will erase the evidence of golf-ball confrontations or arguments with Tootsie pop tossing pedestrians. Typical repair time is 30 minutes, allowing ample time for clients to grab a bite to eat or surf the web in Dent Kraft PDR's cozy waiting room.
The automotive professionals at Honest-1 Auto Care repair vehicles with a commitment to eco-friendly standards and practices. Technicians tackle every square foot of vehicles with an extensive slate of services, and educate owners on the specific needs of their roadsters. A tiled waiting room supplies TVs, an Internet café, free drinks, and free oxygen. There’s a free shuttle available as well, and the shop offers a complimentary pickup and drop-off service.