The jalopy technicians at Unique Auto Sound & Tint shroud the apertures of foreign and domestic cars and light trucks with high-performance window tints and transform rides with functional modifications and repairs. Driver's-side and front-passenger darkenings shield riders behind a sunshade designed to block UV rays, reducing interior heat, preventing leather-seat cracking and fading, and protecting drivers' skin and beloved eight-tracks. Carriages in need of sprucing up can delight in the gentle streaming waters of a vehicle wash ($35 for a car or light truck, $45 for an SUV), during which skilled auto-bathers slough debris from paint and glass while de-griming dashboards, seats, and carpets. Trained mechanics can also touch up scuffs and dents as well as preempt problems with computer diagnostics ($65/hour for repair services). For those who wish to soup up their rides with extra gadgets, Unique Auto's buggy-betterers install radios from top-name brands such as Pioneer, JVC, and Sony ($100 to $1,200), GPS equipment, and car alarms that sound Beethoven's Symphony no. 9.
Car Audio Cocoa sound tech's install every component of a vehicle's audio system, ensuring that drivers and passengers can listen to tunes without hitches while traveling from Point A to Point B. A 3.5-milimeter auxiliary jack fits any iPod, iPhone, MP3 player, stethoscope, or any other audio device with a headphone-jack output, increasing the likelihood that a quick trip to the store turns into a road trip spent weeping to the collected works of Itzhak Perlman.
From modest beginnings in 1968, the family-owned-and-operated St. Lucie Battery & Tire has since expanded into a multilocation automotive empire where drivers can replace tires, revive batteries, and receive top-notch mechanical attention from ASE-certified technicians. A 45-minute lube, oil, and filter change drains the used sludge from assiduous engines and replenishes them with up to 5 quarts of fresh, premium-grade lubricant freshly milked by the oil-streaked hands of a gear maid. Meanwhile, they'll relieve a past-prime oil filter of its duty, making room for a resolute rookie who will more forcefully bar entry to rowdy or underage contaminants. To conclude engine pamperings, fluids are brought to the proper levels, tires are rotated, and 21-point safety inspection ensures that there are no obvious or dangerous flaws.
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 drive-thru oil changes that allow motorists to arrive without an appointment and remain in their car while Valvoline oils forge a truce between metal parts.
Signature service: Tires, lube, oil, filter, brakes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Goodyear, Monroe, Napa, Carquest, Michelin, Continental
At Tuffy's, motor-vehicle caregivers spruce up patrons' horseless carriages and prepare them for a new season of dutiful service. After installing a new oil filter, auto artisans remove the old sludgy glop clogging the car's arterial system and replace it with up to five quarts of 5W-30 or 5W-20 conventional motor oil (a $31.99 value; diesel or synthetic oil costs extra). The staff will also rotate tires to prepare four-wheeled wonders for safe gliding (a $12 value) and perform an inspection to make sure air-conditioning systems are functioning properly to bring riders to the brink of coolness faster than Fonzie’s leather jacket ($9.99). Finally, a pair of fresh wiper blades (up to 22")—grown locally by organic-blade farmers—supplants worn-out window-rubbers ($22) and a specialist conducts an extensive 41-point maintenance inspection.