Highline Customs' red Mustang embodies everything the shop’s certified technicians can do. For instance, the snazzy muscle car sports tinted windows—the same kind customers can expect when they ask the techs to install SunTek’s Carbon and Carbon XP Series window films, which block out 99% of UV light. The Mustang also features a flawless paint job, which is no surprise given the shop cuts 3M, SunTek, and VentureShield paint protection films by hand. Additionally, the techs perform paintless dent removal treatments and apply vinyl graphics of business logos or the owner's name and address in case the car ever tries to run away.
A fixture in the automotive industry since 1980, Clarke's Discount Inc.’s efficiency-boosting services and repairs helped earn the shop certifications from the Department of Energy and the Department of Environmental Quality. Inside each service bay, ASE-certified technicians swap in factory quality parts backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty. No matter the repair, Monday–Saturday hours do their best to accommodate busy schedules, while an early-bird and night-owl drop box cares for those who can't meet shop hours. Recognizing that some drivers prefer to fix things themselves, Clark's Discount Inc. also stocks a fully supplied repair shop flush with fluids, tools, and taped readings of the Kelley Blue Book.
Clutch and Brake Doctors Auto Repair Shop has been servicing cars since 1995, launching with two specialties—clutches and brakes—and later expanding into full-service territory. The team of ASE-certified technicians can wield their wrenches and repair emission and electrical systems, change old oil, and rescue air conditioners before they sputter out their final warm breath of desperation. Clutch and brake inspections are always free, and warranties back up the services that aren't.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
The staff at Precision Import Repair is ASE- and DEQ-certified and trained exclusively to service Japanese cars such as Toyota, Honda, Infiniti, and Subaru. With more than 35 collective years of experience, they tackle mechanical problems both large and small. To maintain foreign vehicles’ peak performances, they assess problems with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and perform scheduled oil changes. Larger problems such as faulty AC units also fall under their jurisdiction, as well as brakes that require repairs and engines that need to be rebuilt or motivated by the mocking countenance of speed-limit signs. Precision Import Repair offers two-year, 24,000-mile warranties on all repairs.
Fresh Start Detail Co.’s certified staff of car-cleaning technicians buff and scrub interiors and exteriors of cars, boats, and RVs, leaving vehicles with a gleaming, clean appearance. Rides in need of an old-fashion wash-down come out pristine with Fresh Start’s hand-wash and spiff, a basic package consisting of a hand-wash and dry and an interior vacuum, dusting, and window wash ($58–$128). Or, opt for the A La Carte detail, which relieves your car of rogue dirt, debris, or car-deteriorating alien infestations ($128–$298). This comprehensive cleaning includes a fresh interior detailing, containing floor-mat steam cleaning, light interior dusting, and window wiping. The bubbly dirt blasting continues with an exterior cleaning, including hand-washing and hand paste wax. Individual services, such as an exterior wash and wax ($98–$168) and the standard interior detail ($198–$348), can be purchased on an as-needed basis. Fresh Start Detail Co. offers $5 loaner BMWs to patrons who need a ride around town during their car-cleaning session. Car-detailing prices vary within given ranges based on size and condition of vehicle.