Since 1967, Reliable Chevrolet has put patrons happily behind the wheels of brand-new Chevys and preowned vehicles and extended the lives of broken-down autos in its service shop. ASE-certified technicians keep cars, trucks, and SUVs shipshape and Bristol fashion while replacing parts, tuning up engines, repairing collision damage, conducting safety inspections, and explaining the etymology of "shipshape and Bristol fashion." In addition to filling cars with parts from Zak, ACDelco, and GM, Reliable Chevrolet reaches out to the community through events such as food drives and races for charity.
At Gary Wood Chrysler Dodge Jeep, a fleet of new and preowned vehicles awaits purchase in the showroom while busted cars, trucks, and SUVs of all types find healing in the service department. Master-certified Chrysler technicians fix whatever’s broken, confident in their training in diagnostic and repair techniques and the Chrysler company secret handshake. As mechanics protect pistons with infusions of new oil or overhaul engines with extensive repairs, a well-connected parts department ensures that vehicles receive top-shelf, original-manufacturer replacement parts.
Inspired by the same brainwaves as the Build-A-Bear Workshop, RIDEMAKERZ allows visitors construct a customized toy car from the axles up with dozens of options that add up to nearly 650 million unique combinations. Guests begin by choosing a body from a stock of Vipers, Corvettes, Mustangs, trucks, and hot rods that can then be accessorized with free stock parts or specialty chassis, tires, rims, and oil slicks. The hot-lava Chevy Camaro ($32) sports a metaphor for the rubber it plans to burn with orange flames on its sides, and the jewel-blue RZ Rascal body pairs its smooth curves with working headlights and taillights ($22). Sets of multicolored or racing slick tires maintain traction while pushed across carpets, hardwood floors, or up the sides of living-room furniture ($4 for two). Glistening hubcaps ($3–$4 for two), undercarriage-glow lighting ($10), and other car accessories offer further customization, while sound-effect chips ($3) relieve vocal cords strained by persistent engine imitations. Builders can also upgrade to a radio-controlled street chassis ($25) to assert hands-free control over the vehicle's movements.