At A-Plus Auto Service Center's 9,000-square-foot facility, ASE-certified techs twist off lug nuts to install new brake pads and pinpoint under-hood problems with the latest diagnostic technology. Their expertise extends to repair services such as overhauling engines as well as routine maintenance such as draining dirty oil and running smog tests that aren't multiple-choice. With connections to dealerships as well as access to parts from factories across the globe, they usually have all parts needed to complete the job on-hand. Those jobs, as well as most of the parts, are covered by their nationwide 24-month or 24,000-mile warranty, which includes roadside assistance.
For more than 35 years, the highly trained technicians at Precision Tune Auto Care have been the sworn enemy of check-engine lights around the globe, battling auto troubles with a full array of maintenance and repair services. They tackle problems both cosmetic and mechanical on sedans, SUVs, minivans, and even hybrids, which require special care since they’re half car and half human. From 350 locations in six countries, these car clinicians hone their expertise by servicing 2.5 million vehicles each year.
Doc Auto owner "Doc" Ken Potts combines his knowledge of technology with his passion for cars at his AAA- and Diamond-certified facility, which is staffed by ASE-certified technicians who service makes and models from compact car to light truck to plus-size. Doc Auto's 3,000-mile service ensures functionality for further excursions ($39.95), and a tire rotation meticulously adjusts tire position for even tire wear ($19.95). To ensure minimum emissions, Doc Auto's motor menders will perform smog testing and certification (starting at $39.95, plus $8.25 for certificate), or they can flush brake fluids ($89.95) so drivers can maintain control of their automobile friend without having to send it to obedience school. A complimentary brake inspection and motor mint are included in all of Doc Auto's services.
Named Best Auto-Repair Shop in Santa Cruz by _Good Times _ for the past two years running, Specialized Auto offers a menu of maintenance measures to unstick bubble-gummed clutches and realign roaming steering columns. Trained car whisperers adjust fluid levels and exorcize possessed windshield wipers during routine oil changes ($43.50). Sweeten metal lemons with a 5,000-mile service inspection ($50.54), which thoroughly inspects all fluids, lights, and filters, or raise your auto's emission standards with a smog check ($49.85). The shop treats all modes of motion to a courtesy hand wash to compliment their newly invigorated interiors.
As a testament to its 46-year history of trusted service and repairs, Opal Cliffs Auto Center has garnered certification from the California Green Business Program and approval from AAA. During the premium oil change, ASE-approved technicians inject engines with up to 5 quarts of clean, standard oil and fortify wheels with a tire rotation, tire-pressure check, and brake inspection. Next, the motor masters conduct a multipoint inspection of 25 parts—chosen by importance and kinship to Henry Ford—including the seat belts, exhaust, shocks, and fluid levels. The initial maintenance session that combines the oil change and inspection can last up to two hours. Additionally, the facility's state-certified smog inspectors monitor harmful exhaust during the standard smog check, ensuring vehicles comply with state laws and that tailpipes aren't clogged with old bumper stickers.
During the 17-point oil change, SpeeDee's experienced technicians will replace old, worn-out oil with up to five quarts of fresh-faced young oil, straight from lubricant college and ready to take on the heat, dust, and incredible pressures of today's high-octane internal-combustion world. Additional services include checking and filling transmission fluid, radiator coolant, windshield-washer fluid, and more, as well as inspecting belts and hoses for peanut-butter smears and checking and setting tire pressure. To help newly acquainted oils and fluids fulfill their potential, tires are rotated to encourage even wear, and brakes are checked to extend the lifespan of the vehicle, the vehicle's passengers, and careless ground squirrels.