For 30 years R & D Automotive has pampered and primped German automobiles, catering to collectibles, racecars, and everyday street vehicles. Car aficionados can restore the innards of their four-wheeled steeds with an oil change, which incorporates a factory filter and a dose of fresh synthetic oil to impress passengers with a smoother ride and a healthier engine. The four wheel-alignment services employ state-of-the-art Hunter-alignment systems—whose computerized alignment sensors attach to the outside of the tires, rather than the wheel—to ensure sensitive tires don’t get damaged. Signs vehicles need alignment include excessive tire wear, vibrating steering wheels, and cup holders curled in the fetal position.
For more than seven decades, Kost Tire and Auto Care has tended to tires and outfitted autos with expertise, efficiency, and an ebullient approach by their team of Automotive Service Excellence–certified specialists. During the standard oil change, motor-oil maestros will remove thick and slow-moving sludge, replacing it with clean, free-flowing fluid fit for deserving engines and vagabond tin men who lack hearts and proper lubrication. The oil filter will also be replaced, cleaning out murky buildup to keep motors moving and cars content.
Consaul Auto Care's motor mechanics relinquish roadsters from conundrums caused by curmudgeonly oil and undiagnosed engine dilemmas. Each oil change drains tanks before engines are topped off with fresh five-quart servings of MOA-enhanced 5W-30 oil, which can keep jalopies chugging along for an extra 1,000 miles before another pomade swap or engine bathroom break is needed. Next, a 27-point inspection scours fluid levels, alignment, and electrical systems for any conditions that may require extra attention. Just as an 1,800-mile or 18-month parts-and-labor warranty ensures customers of quality workmanship, an adherence to environmentally friendly disposal services (included in this Groupon) ensures a spiteful mother nature doesn't sic bird minions on patrons' auto bodies.
Helmed by husband-and-wife duo Richard and Sandra Hameroff, Broadway Auto Clinic tends to the mechanical and aesthetic needs of vehicles foreign and domestic. As visitors relax in the lobby with a show on the flat-screen TV or a magazine, formally trained technicians employ sophisticated equipment to tune up and repair cars, with same-day service in most cases. High-powered automated car washes flush out undercarriages and protect precious paint jobs with pressurized jets of water and applications of triple-foam polish wax. Specialized dog-wash stations ensure that pets are clean enough to drive your clean car home. Two dedicated courtesy shuttles ferry passengers to and from downtown Albany and other important locations Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Each of Brake King's five locations staff ASE-certified techs who coddle engines with clean oil and bring frazzled wheels and frames into perfect alignment. During each 20- to 30-minute oil change, engines exchange swampy old muck for up to 5 quarts of clean synthetic crude, along with a new filter, guaranteed to keep out clogs caused by incoming dirt, debris, and corn dogs. Technicians then rotate the tires to equalize tread wear and tear, before poking and prodding their way through a precise safety inspection.