Starting out in 1981 as a humble gas station and tire center, Scott’s U-Save remains a family-owned operation but has grown into a full emporium of auto repair. Its 15 overhead lifts ensure speedy delivery of lube, brake, and suspension services, and its repeated inclusion on Southtown Star's Best of Chicago Southland list belies the staff's attention to detail. Scott’s boasts tires from all major manufacturers, including Michelin and Continental, and technicians outfit wheels on cars, trucks, and rickshaws of any size or shape with a selection of stylish rims to match.
President Denny Guest and his friendly sales staff have a reason to be proud: last year they delivered more than 1,800 vehicles to local friends, families, and companies in the Chicagoland area. With an expansive inventory—more than 400 vehicles on hand at all times—they deal both new and used autos from Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, and Ram, and their preowned inventory can also include makes such as Chevrolet, Honda, and Toyota. New vehicles come backed by a factory warranty, and certified preowned vehicles safely ride under the umbrella of a three-month, 3,000-mile maximum-care warranty and a seven-year, 100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. Should cars suddenly fall victim to mechanical malice or the pranks of a teenage motorcycle, the parts and service department is quick to offer repairs ranging from oil changes and engine tune-ups to state inspections and full detailing.
Hyundai dealerships chauffeur vehicles through an array of protective maintenance services. Speed demons and carpoolers alike can lengthen the life of their engines with an oil change, replacing up to five quarts of oil to lubricate pistons and joints. Technicians install a new oil filter before rotating tires for even wear and more efficient gas mileage. A quick inspection of brake pads and shoes, wheel cylinders, and your car's secret diary ensures the vehicle's overall road readiness. Autos trailed by dust bunnies and lovesick fast-food wrappers get the royal treatment with a machine wash, eviscerating built-up gunk for a sun-sweetening shine. A quick interior vacuum reveals long-lost carpet and upholstery, and a multipoint inspection checks vehicles for recalled or defective parts.
Bob and Jim Hawkinson studied at the feet of their father, who opened his first car dealership in 1961. Today, the two oversee their father’s legacy at Hawkinson Nissan, commanding an inventory of new Nissans and used vehicles with the same automotive authority that their father exhibited. While new cars flaunt their empty odometers in the showroom, and Hawkinson’s curated preowned vehicles flex their strong motors, ASE-certified and Nissan-trained technicians toil in the service and parts departments getting cars of any make and model back up to peak performance.
The factory-trained technicians at Sutton Ford bolster auto performance and aesthetics with full-service oil changes and car washes. During the two-hour service, mechanics drain spent oils, swap them for up to 6 quarts of clean lubricant, and install a filter to protect the engine from admitting contaminants or losing the ghosts the run the pistons. A tire rotation equalizes tread wear, and eagle-eyed inspections head off possible brake problems or unassumingly low under-hood fluid levels. Mechanics also circulate amongst the auto's vital components during their 27-point inspection, checking tires for proper inflation, peeking in on belts and hoses, and testing the battery before penning a checkup report detailing the results of the snooping. Postservice, cars play nice with streaming water jets, suctioned-minded vacuums, and trickles of protective wax before galloping down the road to make highway debuts or win rounds of hide-and-go-seek with neighborhood tow trucks.
Lynwood Firestone carries Bridgestone, Firestone, and many other major brand tires. Their staff of ASE-certified technicians are capable of returning the smooth, even gait to any car, but they do more than install new sets of tires. In the service department, the technicians tackle an array of automotive issues, reinvigorating engines with Valvoline motor oils, servicing brakes, and repairing everything from faulty transmissions to electrical systems.
The brick walls of SLR Auto Spa & Cafe have seen it all, from tiny, rough paint patches that demand the careful caress of clay bars to windshield bug splatters that rival Jackson Pollock paintings. Without batting an eye, SLR's staff erases the damage with fast hand washes and detailing services that scrub autos from rear hatch to engine block. While awaiting their newly cleaned chariots, patrons sip cappuccinos or sink forks into plates of biscuits and gravy in the cozy café area as they surf the public WiFi or affix their eyes to the dual TV screens hung on a bright-red accent wall.