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.
The friendly, skilled technicians at Platinum Auto Sports' three San Diego–area locations draw from the shop's two decades of expertise as they customize cars of all sizes. Specialty chrome rims from brands such as Moto Metal, KMC Wheels, and ATX Series glint from their hooks on the shop walls, waiting to be paired with new high-performance tires. Platinum Auto Sports also outfits engines with turbo kits, wires cars with security and audio systems, and repaints exteriors to match the steely glint of determination in drivers' eyes.
Big O Tires outfits wheels with tires from Michelin, Goodyear and other trusted brands–including their own Big O brand tires that are backed by a three-year warranty and a lifetime of rotations. The retailer has been in the road-ready rubber trade since 1962, when it began as a single co-op; over the past five decades, it has blossomed into a network of more than 480 locations, spanning 20 states. The shops’ ASE-certified technicians not only specialize in tires, but also tend autos with a comprehensive array of repair and maintenance services. They deftly change oil, replace brakes, and meticulously administer multi-point inspections, which ensure that headlights work and that wiper blades aren’t actually sleeping rattlesnakes.
Genie Car Wash Oil and Lube keeps cars in top condition with speedy oil changes, window tinting, and detailing services at several different locations. One of the top five car washes on CityVoter's 2012 San Diego A-list, Genie offers automated washes that quickly remove dust and grime, and technicians who scour carpets and upholstery with vacuums and protect paint jobs with coats of sealer wax. In addition, mechanics are on hand to change oil, replace batteries, switch out filters and belts, and perform other basic maintenance services. The facilities also feature gourmet markets and customer lounges where guests can relax with snacks and drinks, or use the free WiFi to argue with complete strangers about the implications of Simpson's paradox.
At each of their four area locations, the automotive technicians at San Diego Car Care Center keep San Diego motorists moving along comfortably in freshly lubricated, repaired, and tuned-up automobiles. The team specializes in everything from major transmission overhauls down to routine maintenance, including fixing flats, computer rebalancing, and rotating tires when they wear out their welcome with mudflaps. The techs are also ready with advice for vehicle owners concerned over common car maladies, such as problems with the brakes, muffler, or battery.
Heartland Jiffy Lubes enjoy the benefits of being under the Heartland Automotive Services umbrella, putting them in good company along with more than 435 Jiffy Lubes nationwide that service more than five million customers each year. They specialize in the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change, which comes standard with a fresh-from-the-box oil filter and up to 5 quarts of quality motor oil, plus a comprehensive lineup of other vehicle maintenance checkups. Highly trained technicians also perform cosmetic and mechanical services including inspections, emissions testing, transmission service, and counseling for 1960s Corvettes that are going through a mid-life crisis.