In addition to proudly donning the insignia that represents ASE certification, all of the technicians at Oakdale Truck & Auto spent at least 10 years beneath the service bays of dealerships. Utilizing the fruits of their experience, the techs tend to cars by providing fresh oil, tire tweaking, or pithy comebacks after encounters with witty bumper stickers. They also boost owner confidence with free inspections and the promise of warranties on all services.
The automotive center treats cars with as much courtesy as their owners. As vehicles revel in the care of technicians, drivers can take a break of their own by hopping aboard Oakdale Truck & Auto's local shuttle, which supplies free rides to homes, offices, or the nearest air-freshener factory. :m]]
The ARCA-sanctioned half-mile semi-banked oval speedway Toledo Speedway hosts stock car racing melees every Friday night of the summer months. Sportman, street stock, four-cylinder, and figure-8 action will entertain speed-craving spectators with the sight of daring inside passes and near-misses; in events such as the R & M Recycling Street Stock feature and Jeff’s Collision 4-Cylinder race, drivers careen around the speedway in a daring ballet of leaping pistons and pirouetting axles. SpongeBob and his geometric wardrobe will warm up the crowd while kids storm the track to dog-pile their favorite drivers for autograph requests before the racing commences. Seating at the speedway is first-come, first-serve, allowing attendees to come early to avoid being seated behind the top-hats of confused 19th-cenutry horse-racing bettors.
On March 4th, 1902, Chicago hosted a meeting of like-minded futurists. They represented nine different automobile clubs that had recently formed as vehicles started hitting the roads across the nation. They came together at the summit to form a national motoring organization, and the result of their efforts became known as the AAA. Today, AAA takes the attendant hassle out of driving with roadside assistance, insurance, vehicle maintenance, and travel guides for the entire country.
AAA Northwest Ohio Car Care Plus focuses specifically on tuning up and repairing vehicles from three company-owned facilities scattered across Toledo. At each location, skilled techs wield the latest equipment to perform everything from simple oil swaps to full-service mechanical and electrical repairs and upgrades, such as teaching cars not to shut off in panic whenever they hear lightning.
Though current owner Gary Pontious Sr. purchased Toledo Auto Care in 1975, the shop’s legacy stretches even further back, to 1917. Today, Gary and his son, both certified by the Automotive Management Institute, maintain the shop’s long-held reputation with the help of a team of ASE-certified techs. These auto wizards skillfully perform a wide range of services, including warranty-backed repairs.
Aside from oiling engines and servicing car parts, Gary’s staff takes care of customers by way of free roundtrip shuttles, towing, and engine-light inspections. These customer-comfort measures extend to the shop’s tidy waiting room, which is filled with stock-car memorabilia and complimentary Starbucks coffee. The team also supports local community efforts by offering free car-care workshops and raising money to aid the fight against cancer.
With more than 90 years of experience, Ed Schmidt keeps the area's automobiles pristine from bow to stern. The detailing package exfoliates each vehicle's exterior with a grime-blasting wash and dragon-fire dry. Vacuums embark on a search-and-destroy mission through interior carpets and dashboard panels to obliterate dust and dirt. Equipped with streak-slaying cloths, technicians wipe windows inside and out so you can stare directly as the sun without any dust refraction. Finally, wheels are cleaned and dressed in formal attire, enabling entry to high-school proms, weddings, and velvet-roped doctor’s offices.