Although Sallas Auto Repair began as a small, two-bay repair shop, owner and ASE-certified master technician Nick Sallas already had enough experience to fill a multifloor garage. Nick's journey through the automotive industry led him through the service centers of General Motors and Honda and included a 10-year ascension up Goodyear's training programs. He opened Sallas Auto Repair in 1993, fusing his experience with his passion for repairing vehicles and saving customers money. More than 20 years later, he and his wife have expanded the small garage into two AAA-approved facilities stocked with 15 service bays and 15 skilled and certified employees.
The staff at both Sallas Auto Repair locations perform bumper to bumper services, including oil changes, preventative maintenance, and most all repairs. Services and repairs in the authorized Napa Auto Care Centers are backed with 24-month and 24,000-mile warranties. During repairs guests relax in waiting rooms stocked with computer stations and free WiFi or take advantage of complimentary rides home should their car beg to spend the night. Sallas’ commitment to cars is rivaled only by its commitment to the community; the shop has supported numerous organizations ranging from the US military to local athletic programs.
While an expert staff leads customers through an inventory of new and pre-owned Hyundais outside, Shawnee Mission Hyundai's service department hones in on parts and appearances. Hyundai-certified technicians wield factory-approved tools as they change oil and filters, replace batteries and brake pads, and tackle other auto maintenance and repairs. The shop also lavishes cars with hand washes and detailing packages that target surface imperfections with clay bars and protect exteriors with paint sealant. Drivers can await their rides in one of two lounges stocked with flat-screen televisions, magazines, free WiFi, and complimentary coffee. A play area keeps children from assessing the Blue Book value on their Matchbox cars.
With lube and service centers spread across America, Valvoline Instant Oil Change ensures that roads from coast to coast teem with automotive vigor. Certified technicians perform a roster of services, including quick in-and-out oil changes that allow motorists to arrive without an appointment and remain in their car while Valvoline oils forge a truce between metal parts. Facilities also encourage odometers to reach up to 300,000 miles with an engine-guarantee program that helps motors live long enough to see tow trucks go extinct. Valvoline extends its care to cars of all makes and models as well as charitable organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
The trill of an air wrench. The falsetto song of a squeegee against glass. The sounds of a stock-car repair pit drift from JC's Speedy Lube, where crews work to focus that same level of efficiency on vehicles returning to the road. Along with expeditious oil changes, mechanics perform light mechanical work and employ Genisys scanners to diagnose future problems. Visitors wait for their steel steeds to return to them, passing the time in a waiting area with free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and steaming cups of Keurig coffee. JC's Speedy Lube also collects an ever-changing stable of used cars, which wow prospective owners with low mileage numbers and past owners who never drove them very far back in time.
Cobalt-blue key chains emblazoned with Johnson County Automotive's logo swivel on countertop racks in the cozy reception area, emulating the spinning wheels and whirring belts on the bustling auto-shop floor. Amid hydraulic lifts, arsenals of tools, and three decades worth of greased memories, a team of ASE-certified mechanics goes to work, rebuilding battered carburetors, grooming engines, changing oil, and replacing the alarm clock hanging next to the Garfield hanging in the back window. While mechanics pore over cars, drivers take off in complimentary loaner cars until their rides are ready. Johnson County Automotive upholds its work with a 24-month, 24,000-mile warranty, and doles out car-care tips on its newsy blog.
A framed picture of the Route 66 sign hangs near the front desk of Dr. Dent?an homage, perhaps, to road trips across middle America. Though such treks can help make travelers worldly and wise, they can leave cars with dents and dings. Dr. Dent?s repair experts erase the bumps and scratches that happen on the road to self-discovery?or simply to the grocery store?to let the discoveries themselves shine through, and they?ve been doing so for more than 20 years.
Instead of affixing heart-shaped band-aids to scrapes and hail wounds, the crew uses several makeover methods to furbish car complexions. During paintless dent repairs, they return the surface to its ideal shape using a nonabrasive metal tool. In addition to improving the car's appearance, this technique preserves the original panels and factory paint. The technicians also use glue pulling?a new technique that involves adhesive tabs, slide hammers, and skilled force?to reshape dented metal. They can also fix chipped paint in-house, layering a clear coat of enamel atop a color-matched base coat.