Simotes specializes in pre-owned vehicles. Their lots showcase foreign and domestic cars from makers such as Cadillac, Jeep, and Volkswagen, with an inventory boasting trucks, sedans, SUVs, and convertibles. Beyond the sales side of the business, technicians invite drivers to take a detour for oil changes or detailing services, which include hand-applied waxes, wheel and tire scrubbings, and interior shampoos to give cars that classic "just had a shower" smell.
Discount Tire’s professional technicians install and service a vast trove of tires and wheels to keep wagons rolling safely. Experienced, trained mechanics manage an inventory replete with tires by brand names such as Goodyear, Michelin, and Bridgestone ($60–$100/tire for most vehicles) and a huge range of wheels ($50–$100/wheel for most vehicles). Proud owners of newly outfitted buggies receive advice on how to improve their rubber-road marriages or ability to do donuts on the lawns of rival librarians. Along with recommendations on products and services, tire installations include new valve stems, road-hazard protection, and lifetime rotations.
Auto Fix draws on their parent company's deep wells of experienced, ASE-certified technicians to staff their seven garages in Illinois and Indiana. The full-service shops keep cars running with oil changes and thorough vehicle check ups, and they routinely flush power steering, radiator, and transmission fluids. Having spent years working with vehicles, Auto Fix technicians can repair any part of the car from the suspension to the fuel system. They're confident in their repairs as well, offering any client a 12-month or 12,000-mile guarantee on each fix. The team also renders problem-precluding services such as full safety inspections, shocks and struts service, and tire rotation—which does not mean enforcing who’s up next on the backyard tire swing.
Car-X Auto Service stirs wagons out of winter's hibernation with an array of alleviating automotive services. Pour your car a refreshing 5-quart glass of oil change ($19.99, with synthetic or semi-synthetic oils available at an additional charge), revolve your ride's rubbers with a tire rotation ($16), and switch blades with windshield-wiper replacements ($18 for wiper blades up to 24 inches). Keep your car cool for the family's annual summer vacation to the Gobi with an air-conditioning check ($49.95), a battery and charging-system check, and a full-vehicle courtesy inspection, included at no charge.
The Kankakee County Speedway, roaring into its 62nd season, rouses racing fans with a full schedule of upcoming supersonic events, such as the 3rd Annual Northfield Square Mall Show. Competitors from a wide range of divisions—including Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Stock Cars, I-Mods, and Sport Compacts—descend upon the course determined to etch their name into the track's storied history and rack up cash and points, which are needed to win championships. The speedway boasts a long list of legends, such as Jim O' Connor, who collected six titles and 84 checkered flags during his career, and "Cocktail" Tommy Kroll, who has won six track championships in four different decades. Additionally, autograph sessions after select events soup up memorabilia collections, and children 10 years of age and younger can ride the "Kids Club" bus and gain free admission upon stating their birthday.
Performance Detailing's experienced technicians buff, wax, and polish cars to a professional shine. Their nigh-invisible, clear-bra protectors ward off scratches and rock chips, and their two-coat wax jobs protect painted surfaces for up to four months with layers of polish and carnauba wax. The techs promote comfort and safety by deflecting 99% of harmful UV rays with ceramic and nonceramic tint, or boost nighttime visibility with headlight restorations. Though the automotive artisans routinely buff, polish, and steam-clean car outsides and cabins, they also undo damage from hailstones or wayward shopping-cart stampedes with paintless dent removal.