Steve Chapman was born into the auto glass business—his father, a pioneer of at-home windshield repair and installation, opened Chapman Auto Glass in 1960. Steve and his family now carry on his father’s legacy with their self-dubbed “glass shop on wheels.” Steve’s technicians travel to customers’ homes and mend windshields with the same equipment and materials used during the original installation. They use one-hour sealant to hold new windshields in place, meaning owners are back on the road faster than an auctioneer singing a rap song.
The stalwart mechanics at Don Hattan Chevrolet have been extending engines' lives for more than 60 years. Mechanics replace particle-bunged engine lube with 5 quarts of fresh, unfettered 5-W30 oil and draft standard oil filters for sentry duty, protecting engines against the threat of invasive pollutants or escape-minded sparkplugs. During their 27-point inspection, mechanics assess vital vehicle features to ensure that autos will safely withstand the winter months. Speedy washes spirit dust and smudging away from exterior surfaces, and vacuums purge interiors of stubborn carpet parasites and the molted husks of old ice scrapers.
Autotech Collision and Service is operated by seasoned car people Fred Jelich and Kurt Fowler—each endowed with more than 20 years of industry experience—who field a formidable team of mechanics to service all types of vehicles. During a tire rotation ($14.95), the troubleshooting technicians play musical tires to reorganize road-weary treads; they also perform death-defying front-wheel alignments ($49.95) to prevent cars from absent-mindedly veering into the wrong parking spot. For vehicles suffering from sluggish circulation, Autotech will freshen up their fluids with an oil change ($32.95+ for 5 quarts) or a transmission flush ($125+). Autotech's accessories store can equip the gadget-loving vehicle with alarms ($259.95+) or cruise control ($129) or the light-sensitive vehicle with window tint ($189+).
• For $23, you get one oil change and a tire rotation (a $47.99 value). • For $25, you get $50 worth of auto services. • For $50, you get $100 worth of auto services. Road-weary wagons find new life in the caring hands of Auto Smart's brainy, ASE-certified mechanics. Watch from the state-of-the-art service bay as the piston-pleasing professionals swap out each vehicle's dingy filter and empty its aging oil, replacing it with up to five new quarts to improve performance and prevent burgers from sticking to the hood. A check and topping-off of all fluids rounds out the service, and tire rotations eliminate uneven wear.
Interstate All Battery Center leads the charge in power outposts, providing reserve-power road trippers with brand-new batteries for their trucks, cell phones, computers, and more. With a vast storehouse of more than 16,000 products, Interstate carries batteries for nearly every brand of laptop and PC, as well as a plethora of automotive batteries to restore sedans, coupes, and station wagons after a long night of headlight staring contests. Household powerables are also available, including 24-packs of AAs ($8.99+) for bulk buyers, an Energizer 9V alkaline battery ($4.49) for metronomes possessed by surprisingly funky eighth notes, and one case of Lite Brite fuel, distilled from corn syrup and Olympic silver medals. Old used batteries find comfy retirement at Interstate’s recycling center, allowing their former owners and well-meaning grandchildren to rest easy.