Icon Parking Systems' parking facilities safely house vehicles of all shapes and sizes as owners go to work, relax at home, or take in the sights of the Big Apple. Conveniently tucked in the most prestigious corners of Manhattan—which are also the areas least menaced by aimless teenage tow-trucks—these lots offer easy access to any number of restaurants, Broadway theaters, and concert halls. Many automotive stables have no daily or weekly time limit, so drivers may come and go as they please or leave rides in the same spot for dedicated, month-long portraits. Monthly customers can sign up for the Preferred Customer Club, which grants them an exclusive card and half-off parking at any of Icon Parking Systems' 200 facilities or UFO landing pads scattered throughout Manhattan.
NYC Vinyl Wrap was born when group of Brooklyn hobbyists who loved to alter the look of their cars decided to ditch the high cost of automotive paint jobs. The friends began to work with vinyl wrap until they were able to create the same visual effect as a fresh coat of paint. The team can perform full-car wraps, or artistically targeted services to colorfully accentuate side mirrors, front grills, or Ben-Hur-style tire spikes. Vinyl wraps can last up to 10 years with proper care, and can even be removed at will should the car's owner tire of its current shade.
Valu Auto Care Centers' ASE-certified technicians look under the hoods and slide beneath undercarriages to identify and fix automotive maladies. The centers keep cars rolling smoothly and efficiently through several services, including air-conditioner tune-ups, muffler repair, state inspections, and oil changes. Valu Auto Care Centers has repaired cars for the past 20 years at locations in both Florida and western New York.
Auto Finishers Supply Co. owner Richard Trovato deals in more than just auto parts and accessories. He's also dedicated to customer service. Richard began working at the shop as an entry-level employee in 1969, then worked his way up to store manager in 1972. By 1986, he was the storeowner. Since he took the reins, Richard has instilled dedication to customers into every aspect of the business, from stocking quality car accessories, such as DuPont paints and Avital car systems, to employing ASE-certified technicians. Today, Richard and his children still run the shops' day-to-day operations, helping customers find car accessories from crystal clear stereos that house video screens to remote car starters that negate the need for car owners to politely ask it to start.
Signature service: Window tinting
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Brands Used: Spectrum Solar Control Film
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What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
Window tinting. We custom hand-cut all our film better than a computer cut, keeping the film's edges right at the top edge of the glass.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
Meeting new people, which is why we have a casual environment. We also enjoy making cars look great and giving customers what they want. Overall, our work is really fun.
How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?
We're fast, we do great work. We're also flexible, easily accessible, and offer same-day service.
At Taylor Rental, a knowledgeable staff of handypeople and do-it-yourselfers rents out the tools and machinery necessary to complete a honey-do list of home-improvement endeavors. For interior projects, the shop's floor sanders make exceptional tools for smoothing hardwood surfaces and rendering statue faces anonymous, and its carpet cleaners swiftly rid floor toupees of dirt and grime. Green thumbs wishing to plant lush, emerald lawns can make great use of Taylor's aerators, overseeders, and sod-cutting machines. A collection of tents shelters picnicking revelers and their fine china from stormy showers, and balloon inflators, disco balls, and fog machines make house parties feel less like penitentiary visits. Taylor Rental's parking lot also plays host to a fleet of RVs and U-Haul trucks for movers and vacationers.