The family behind Fletcher's Tire & Auto Service opened their first shop more than four decades ago. Today, they operate a total of 35 locations, working to provide automobiles throughout Arizona with expert service and lessons in honking etiquette. Technicians keep cars running, rolling, and stopping smoothly with regular maintenance services. Oil changes come with a battery test and a tire rotation to ensure even wear and lend every tread equal squealing opportunities; most services are backed by warranties that start at 12 months and 12,000 miles. More than 15 brands of tires find themselves ably paired with appropriate chariots thanks to a convenient online tire-size guide, and computerized alignment services help improve gas mileage and safety.
Motor Age named Wilhelm Automotive, which has been in business for more than 80 years, one of the top 10 auto service shops in the country thanks to an Automotive Service Excellence agency-certified staff that coaxes cars into peak safety and efficiency.
Since Darrell Sawyer founded Sawyer Aviation, LLC in 1961, they have graduated more than 6,000 pilots, some of whom went on to become Air Force One captains. As a Cessna Pilot Center, Sawyer Aviation’s flight academy shapes up aspiring aviators with on-ground instruction that incorporates virtual tools and interactive programs, preparing students to climb aboard a Cessna aircraft’s Garmin G300 glass cockpit. Although the center’s veteran pilots guide their protégés to licenses in private piloting, commercial flying, and magic-carpet wrangling, they also offer discovery flights that get students up in the sky without requiring any commitment to continue their education. Aside from pilot instruction, Sawyer Aviation also manages plane sales and introduces visitors to the clouds during private chartered flights.
Big O Tires outfits wheels with tires from Michelin, Goodyear and other trusted brands, all backed by a three-year warranty and a lifetime of rotations. The retailer has been in the road-ready rubber trade since 1962, when it began as a single co-op; over the past five decades, it has blossomed into a network of more than 500 locations, spanning 21 states. The shops’ ASE-certified technicians not only specialize in tires, but also tend autos with a comprehensive array of repair and maintenance services. They deftly change oil, replace brakes, and meticulously administer free 22-point safety inspections, which ensure that headlights work and that wiper blades aren’t actually sleeping rattlesnakes.