The folks at Sound of Tri-State boast that they specialize in "everything that turns you on." This isn't mere braggadocio, though; their slogan accurately reflects their specialties. At four different locations, they dabble in all manner of audio equipment, such as car audio/video, smartphone integration, home theaters, and DJ setups. They also install security and remote-start devices in vehicles, and round out their car services with in-vehicle navigation programs and professional window tinting.
The ASE-certified technicians at Ponte's Auto Care, a Napa AutoCare Center, bolster the performance of foreign and domestic buggies with clean oil and eagle-eyed examinations. During the 45-minute service, mechanics drain dirty oil from the car, replace it with up to five quarts of 5W-30 or 10W-30 oil, and install a filter to protect the engine from ego-crushing Blue Book values. After tires have been rotated, motor medics give the car an extensive health checkup, stopping to analyze fluid levels, interrogate the battery, check wiper blades, glance at belts, and ogle hoses. Techs also perform a 27-point visual inspection and present drivers with a printed report that records the results of the inspection along with the car's horoscope.
The ASE-certified technicians at this AAA-approved tire-and-auto center temper tire wear and infuse engines with pints of fresh, piston-massaging oil. After emptying dingy engine goo, mechanics restore motor mojo by filling vehicle veins with conventional motor oil. In a similar swap, a new filter replaces the car’s aging sieve, which is repurposed to pan for harmful particles inside each vehicle’s flowing oil rivers. After the oil change, techs rotate tires during an undercarriage barn dance to ensure even wear, steady handling, and increased fuel efficiency while owners enjoy free WiFi access in the waiting area. At Kirkwood's, family-owned-and-operated since 1979, the three generations of techs have always treated everyone as family, even if it means having to constantly reaffirm the adorableness of newborn trucks.