After eight years of shining up rides across different Portland dealerships, Aaron Hunt opened his own shop in 2010, where he singlehandedly lavishes up to six cars with waxes, clay bars, and other treatments from Auto Magic and Meguiar's. Vacuums evict grime from carpets and seats, and soft cloths banish water spots left behind from drives through puddles or a selkie’s driveway. Hunt Auto Detail also protects paint and upholstery with warranty-backed Trident systems and deflects UV rays with tints and 3M Clear Shields, and calls in a paintless dent expert for ding repairs. Drivers can await their autos while flipping through magazines and sipping bottled water in a cozy front reception area.
Randy Hansen calls himself a “car guy” and for good reason. As a kid, he would wander around his father’s dealership, washing cars here and there and checking out the parts-and-service centers. As an adult, Randy knew he enjoyed working with his hands, so in 1992, he opened PDR Solutions and dedicated his time to repairing dents and dings. Using a paintless dent-removal process, Randy can restore autos damaged by runaway shopping carts, hail storms, and love taps from squad cars, with all prices based on prework estimates.
The flagship of Imperial Limousines’ fleet is not a party bus or a stretch SUV—it’s a pair of vintage Bentleys. One is a black-and-silver 1957 Bentley S1, and the other is a tudor-gray-and-silver 1961 Bentley S2. Both vehicles have gray leather upholstery that is accented by handcrafted wood, and both look good carrying a bride and groom. The chauffeurs also have Lincoln Town Cars and stretch limos at their disposal for airport transfers, wine tours, and last-minute lifts after your car drives off to join the circus.
From major auto-body repairs to mold removal, the technicians at Ace Car Reconditioning handle nearly all automotive needs, and they do it with enough care and expertise to show off an Angie’s List Super Service award. At three locations in the Portland area, the crew spruces up exteriors with Llumar window films and revitalizes interiors with carpet shampooing and an ozone treatment that removes odors left behind by pets and hitchhiking dumpster divers. Dents and dings pop right out with paintless dent removal, and the team makes scratches disappear with Applied Colors’ paint-touchup system. Aside from superficial fixes, the Ace squad ensures cars are safe and sound with auto-body repairs such as hood and bumper replacements.
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.