Authorized as extended-warranty repair centers, Lloyd's Automotive populates its three full-service, AAA-approved garages with ASE-certified technicians. Mechanics walk cars through full-spectrum maintenance services, from routine oil changes and battery servicing to full engine overhauls and decoding cryptic vanity plates. Ensuring no driver is left stranded, Lloyd's delivers customers to and from work in a convenience shuttle and attends to roadside breakdowns with available rescue towing. The garages’ doors also stay open during convenient Saturday hours.
A 30-year veteran of the auto-care industry, Dave Lee of Specialty Auto and Tire knows cars. Lee is an expert in caring for diesel vehicles and motor homes, and cares for cars with scheduled maintenance, tune-ups, system flushes, and electrical and full diagnostics. His fellow mechanics adjust alignments and care for breaks and transmissions, often with same-day turnaround, allowing customers to return to the Bat Cave before nightfall. The auto shop's technicians meet or beat almost any estimate, and offer a one-year or 12,000-mile parts-and-labor warranty.
The technicians at Custom Truck transform stock trucks and SUVs into roving extensions of drivers' personalities. The team has been in the build-out business since 1971, which not only adds up to a lot of experience, but also means it has developed relationships with a sizable lineup of vendors—more than 125 in all. The extensive product list allows nearly any part of a vehicle to be swapped out for another model, from floor mats and seat covers to grilles and suspension systems.
Clark's Tire & Automotive is run by husband-and-wife team Chris and Erin Clark, along with their crew of ASE-certified mechanics. Not surprisingly, tires are one of the garage's specialties, and techs can install new ones from a selection of brands including Goodyear, Hankook, and Firestone. Additionally, mechanics can tackle all manner of automotive ailment, from oil changes and brake repairs to alignments.
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.