As a full-service repair shop, Star Tire and Wheels has kept cars cruising for nearly three decades. The four-wheel alignment properly lines up an automobile’s four rubber shoes, ensuring that wheels don’t resist the driver’s commands, such as “turn right” and “stop, drop, and roll.” Properly aligned tires increase fuel mileage by curbing gas-guzzling rolling resistance and extend tire life by minimizing wear and tear. The vehicle-reviving procedure takes approximately one hour, about the same amount of time it takes to crabwalk from New Hampshire to Vermont.
Signature service: Foreign and domestic auto repair
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Raybestos, Napa, Moog, KYB, Flowmaster, Mobil, Penwood
Pro Tip: Wifi Hotspot
What's one tip for first-time customers that will make them feel like regulars?
We offer complimentary WiFi and coffee, and no appointments are necessary.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I started working on cars at a young age with my friends and my dad.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We do complete car work, including diagnosis, engine and transmission work, and custom exhaust work.
In 1981, lifelong Greenwich residents Mark Curtis and Chris Fisher traded in their business suits for sudsy sponges when they purchased Greenwich Car Wash. 13 years later, they renamed their business Splash to coincide with an innovative idea developed by the duo: wash the cars by hand while also using a conveyor to keep them moving rather than trying to coax them forward with candy. That approach was a huge hit, and soon, Splash began spinning off into additional locations.
Today, more than 15 Splash locations are peppered across the East Coast. What started as a humble two-man operation has grown into a franchise that employs more than 500 people and washes more than a million cars per year. At each location, cars receive the ultimate in pampering thanks to a list of services that includes hand washes, express washes, detailings, and oil changes. Despite such impressive growth, though, Splash remains true to its community-driven roots, working with more than 400 charitable organizations on an annual basis.
Shining autos since 1963, the team of associates at Russell Speeder's Car Wash attacks dirt and road debris with a timeless trio of soft-cloth scrubbers, meticulous cleaning, and specially calibrated solvents. After emerging from a shower of cascading water, cars fling open their doors and welcome three technicians ready to refurbish doors, seats, cup-holders, front rubber floor mats, air vents, backseat wine presses, and dashboards in less than 10 minutes using a German-engineered cleaning tool. Scrubbed window glass disappears from view, revealing beautified seats and refurbished mats. Once associates have finished their work, car owners can pry themselves from the comforts of a waiting room outfitted with a flat-screen television and an ironic-bumper-sticker decoder.
Wielding know-how gained during years of service and training with Ford factory technicians, Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center's seasoned mechanics mend ailing autos with preventive maintenance, collision repair, and internal repairs. After securing an appointment with the shop’s online scheduler, autos roll past the dealership’s new and used Fords, Lincolns, and Mercurys and into a fully equipped service bay. The service staff also maintains full Saturday hours to combat taxed schedules and cars with a clinically diagnosed fear of weekdays.
Personal Touch Car Wash features more than 10 locations on the east coast. Each offers express and full-service details that address interiors and exteriors, as well as car-wash packages that feature hot waxes, Wheel Brite treatment, and triple-foam conditioners, all using Simoniz products. Select locations also feature service centers that bolster vehicles’ mechanical components with oil changes and maintenance services.