Gillett Car Cleaning scours vehicles inside and out with gentle maintenance procedures in a 15- to 30-minute session. Technicians soak the exteriors of cars, vans, and trucks with diligent suds and vanquish any remaining droplets with an absorbent chamois. The full-service facility also cleans and dresses rims and tires for pristine, shiny sedan-wrangling. Interiors undergo a cleansing, during which scrubbers vacuum seats, bathe windows, and dust interior trims. Car parents can bask in Gillett's glow of benevolence, as the company supports its community through frequent fundraisers, auctions, and donations.
Twenty-five years: that's how much experience both the glass installer and the bodywork specialist at Monroe Auto Glass & Custom Tint bring to the table. The detailers perform services that range from repairing chipped windshields to installing remote-starter systems so that drivers can warm up engines without stepping outside. They also customize windows with sleek tinting, granting drivers privacy and blocking out harsh sunlight.
The staff at GP Bikes leads patrons through a shop stocked with more than 50,000 replacement parts, modifications, and apparel for ATVs, street and off-road cycles, snowmobiles, and watercraft. Customers can shield faces from wind and overly friendly mothers-in-law with a clear Arrow double-lens visor ($29.03). Scooters gain support and positive reinforcement with a Teknix side stand ($28.99), and street-cycle engines earn a breathing boost from BMC-make air filters ($44.95). GP Bikes' clothing and accessory lines beckon women to don Eva waterproof summer boots ($52.79) or men to swaddle selves with a Fox vented racing jersey ($49.95), and more casual wear enables legs to contain road-god status in Thor husky jeans ($66.84).
FX Auto Tint keeps cars looking sharp. During tinting projects, technicians equip windows with LLumar film, which not only imparts a mysterious glamour to car exteriors, but deflects up to 79 per cent of solar heat, 99 per cent of glare, and 95 per cent of annoying laser-pointer beams from entering the car cabin, resulting in safer, more enjoyable rides. If they aren't busily tinting something, they're replacing windshields, detailing cars, spraying heavy-duty Reflex liner onto truck beds, and restoring cloudy headlights.
Most of the automotive-maintenance services at Pro Oil Change begin with the pop of a hood. The dull sound reverberates around the engine, where trained and certified technicians inspect air filters, replace batteries, refill fluid levels, and inject Valvoline motor oil. Outside the automotive nucleus, they extend their restorative touch toward burned-out headlights and waved-out windshield-wiper blades. All of this unfolds inside their welcoming facility, which accepts all vehicle makes and models and features a waiting room with TVs and complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, or tea.
When he turned 17, Jason Scott bought his first Mustang and fell in love with classic cars. Determined to spend as much time around automobiles as possible, Scott apprenticed with Ford Canada and Chrysler, learning the ropes as a technician. Over the years, he has taken hundreds of programs and studied aspects of car maintenance such as electrical systems, automatic transmissions, and clean emissions. Now installed in his newly opened shop, Scott continues to keep customers' cars in tip-top shape and contritely explains that there's nothing he can do about carpooling coworkers who hog the radio dial.
At Cars 101, the seasoned staffers take care of the automotive basics: fixing, maintaining, and cleaning. Their services range from simple oil changes to more complex windshield replacement and tinting. Similarly varied, their tiered detailing packages feature simple steps—including hand washing and vacuuming—as well as more technologically advanced treatments such as high-speed polishing and hot-water extraction for upholstery and carpets. In case cars cannot be salvaged, Cars 101's facility is surrounded by a selection of preowned vehicles, including Queen Elizabeth's Studebaker.