Though it may seem counterintuitive for a car detailer and repairman to want to prevent the dings and dents that he works to fix, that’s exactly what Domenico Nigro hopes to do. He’s developing a slew of smartphone apps designed to keep teenagers safe on the road by blocking them from sending text messages and monitoring their speed for parents. For those not so lucky, his Autobody Accident Assistant app arms drivers with all of the tools they’ll need in case of a collision: their insurance information, emergency numbers and contacts, their exact location, and, of course, the number of their auto-body shop of choice. Domenico hopes that his customers will plug in his number.
The team at Nigro’s Auto Body repairs cars in the Italian method that the staff learned firsthand from Domenico’s father and co-owner in Nigro’s Auto Body, Aniello. The staff also includes Domenico’s cousin Raffaele Mele, who immigrated to the States from Italy to work in the shop, and Joseph Coulter, who has been part of the team since Nigro’s Auto Body opened its doors in 1984. Together, they perform an extensive list of services that include fiberglass repair, custom paint, bodyline sculpting, antique-car restoration, and collision repair. Before any service, they complete a free estimate and give expert advice as to whether your car needs a new engine or if its current one is just playing dead. They also help customers reserve a rental car if needed while their car is in the shop, and they back many of their repairs with a lifetime guarantee.
A business has to have something special to survive for more than half a century. For Mr. Magic Car Wash, perhaps that thing is a signature blend of nine cleaning solutions that work together to cut through tough road grease and leave vehicles with a glimmering luster. Or perhaps it’s the business's attention to detail, manifested in its soft-cloth hand washes. Either way Mr. Magic has not only survived the passing decades and the end of the DeLorean, it has thrived and expanded, now boasting five Pittsburgh-area locations. Even when sending cars through the automated car-wash tunnel for a quick rinse, Mr. Magic keeps auto owners' interests in mind, spraying fiberglass surfaces with only fresh water and drying them to a spot-free shine with hot air. Extra services, such as underbody flushes and interior and exterior detailing, help enhance each wash, and coats of Magic Repel surface protectant deflect new smudges and wizard spells.
As suggested by its name, JNJ Auto Detailing & Window Tinting is no one-trick pony. Owner Tino Babayan and his staff not only scour general surfaces with exterior and interior detailings but they also clear up foggy headlights and de-grime engine bays. They service any type of vehicle—from SUVs and vans to RVs and boats—leaving each chariot hand washed, waxed, and swirl-free polished. An arsenal of shampoos and vacuums helps them clear dirt and crumbs from interior carpets, and industrial-grade barrels of elbow grease leave windows cleansed with a spot-free finish. Confident in their window-tinting skills, the JNJ staff guarantees their tinted coverings won’t bubble, peel, or crack under the pressure of intense heat or high-speed runs to the post office five minutes before closing time.
Sam's Express Car Wash smothers the interiors and exteriors of autos with dirt-purging soaps, hand waxes, and fabric-cleaning treatments. In the ultimate wash, exterior frames shed their grimy highway souvenirs, undercarriages are bereft of clingy debris, and wheels regain the luster of General Patton's collection of Zippo lighters. Applications of triple-foam polish and clear-coat conditioning wax secure the veneer and restore a showroom shine. The express detail blankets exteriors in Express spray hand wax, which acts as a bouncer that stands guard against UV damage, dirt, and road salt. Detailers then shampoo the rug and alchemize filthy consoles and dashes into sparkling surfaces.
Since its birth as a single-bay tire shop in 1929, Jack Williams Tire & Auto Service Centers has vastly expanded its array of vehicle services and spawned more than 20 additional shops throughout the state. During each of the three included oil changes, a team of knowledgeable car whisperers convinces motors' mouths to open wide as they swap soiled oil for up to five quarts of fresh, standard engine juice and install a new filter. Steel steeds with a flat tire can lurch into the shop and ask one of Jack Williams' experts to repair it; if the puncture wound is fixable, drivers can enjoy lifetime repairs and rebalancing on that one tire. To top it all off, rewards-booklet-toting folk can enjoy a bevy of additional savings including a 50% discount on a wheel alignment and a state safety inspection, as well as free shuttle service and complimentary midservice performances of "Greased Lightning."