On March 14, exhibitors from across the entire spectrum of recognizable automobile manufacturers will motor into the Greater Columbus Convention Center for the 2013 Columbus International Auto Show. Brand-new models from domestic brands go toe-to-tire with exotic imports, posing for pictures and amorous advances whispered gently into their side mirrors. After scoping out the shiny paint jobs and horse-powered engines, showgoers can visit a face painter, Matt the Balloon Guy, and Miss Ohio.
Hovering around a cracked windshield, gloved mechanics discuss swapping in glass from Carlite, AP Technoglass, and other brands, all of which are designed to meet the vehicle manufacturer's requirements for safety and quality. Other crews move past, loading gear into vans to service vehicles at patrons’ offices and homes. They repair chips from rocks flung by truck tires or pennies flung by the parade floats millionaires always drive. The techs wield a resin that can prevent the chip from spreading and weakening the windshield's integrity and also fix and repair everything from door glass to moldings and mirrors.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Centers’ mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
Spitzer Autoworld has been providing exemplary auto service for more than 100 years, having gotten its start selling and leasing Ford Model Ts. With today’s deal, soiled street wagons can ungrunge their outsides for the foreseeable future with a quintet of washes ($12 value each), during which their exteriors will be lovingly cleansed of accumulated grime and restored to factory-fresh spotlessness. Dirt-averse drivers can also opt for just one exterior clean but supplement it with the added perk of a standard oil change ($35 value) to re-lubricate crusty engines and inhibit corrosion, plus a 27-point auto inspection ($45 value) to ensure the car still has at least 27 parts.
The automotive club AAA serves more than 52 million members nationwide. Although membership offers myriad benefits, AAAers benefit most from the peace of mind provided by the comprehensive roadside assistance program. On-site mechanical services are available almost anywhere in the United States for common car troubles such as flat tires, dead or murdered batteries, and creamed-corn-related engine troubles. Benefit highlights include free installation of spare tires, free battery boosts, free towing, and free fuel delivery (pay pump price for fuel). Classic members are also entitled to coverage for up to $50 in locksmith services and up to $500 for auto theft.
Interstate All Battery Center leads the charge in power outposts, providing power-hungry people and travelers alike with brand-new batteries for their trucks, cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices. With a vast storehouse of more than 16,000 products, Interstate All Battery Center carries batteries for nearly every brand of laptop and PC, as well as a bevy of automotive batteries to restore sedans, coupes, and station wagons drained from a long night of headlight staring contests. Powerables for household items are also available, including 24-packs of Energizer AAs ($13.99) for bulk buyers, car chargers for the Apple iPhone 4 ($14.99), and backup energy supplies for the Amazon Kindle ($49.99). Digital cameras withering away from vacation use continue to snap beloved moments with a full-range of batteries, chargers, and binary poetry.