ith more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Auto Service has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X Auto Service reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Center's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, and tire rotations.
After getting their start in the interior trim industry in 1998, the staff at Austin Auto Interiors grew to specialize in factory-quality reupholstering, multimedia upgrades, and meticulous detailing. With access to more than one million leather seating combinations, the shop's leather service technicians dye, fit, and trim top-grain leather to replace worn-out seats and arm rests ravaged by restless backseat drivers. When the staff isn't reviving worn interiors and patching minor damage, they can be found making over dashes with woodgrain trim or embroidering custom headrests. Outside the realm of trim and accents, the multimedia experts at Austin Auto Interiors also equip whips with GPS navigation, seat heaters, and headrest video capabilities.
Central Texas Harley-Davidson has grown from their humble start in 1921 to inhabit their current 50,000-square-foot, full-service dealership, still sparkling from its opening in 2008. Inside, Andre LeCompte and his team of dealers shepherd a flock of new and used Harley-Davidson motorcycles, available for purchase and for rent. They impart their knowledge to prospective riders in their expansive show room as the presence of gleaming exhaust pipes and powerful engines causes adrenaline to percolate in the hearts of motorcycle lovers. The MotorClothes shop outfits riders in branded Harley leather jackets and shirts, and the parts shop vends custom engine components to keep beefed-up bikes running smoothly without resorting to smearing the open road in butter.
Getting behind the wheel of a Sterling Sedans and Limousines vehicle requires more than just a driver’s license, resumé, and pair of white chauffeur gloves. Each and every one of the company’s drivers must first pass a screening test, lending passengers confidence that they are in the hands of a trustworthy navigator. These insured drivers don professional attire as they steer luxury limousines, sedans, and SUVs to scheduled pickup locations across Austin. They ferry passengers to and from the airport, cart teenagers to and from school dances, customize dinner and theater nights out, or simply transport partiers around town to celebrate birthdays or the loss of all their baby teeth.
Since 1988, Auto Care Super Saver has been helping car owners save cash with maintenance punch cards redeemable at local auto shops throughout the course of a full year. These cards come loaded with all kinds of prepaid services, including at least three full-service oil changes with up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a new filter. Depending on the location, punch cards may also feature tire rotations, brake inspections, engine-light readings, air-conditioning performance tests, and other repairs and inspections essential to a car's well-being. Customers can transfer the punch card's benefits to any ride, ranging from station wagons to sports cars to feral merry-go-round mounts.