When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Atop bicycles and surreys built for solo riders or entire families, patrons embark on self-guided tours of major U.S. cities. Led by maps and lists of nearby sites of historical or cultural significance, riders zoom down bike paths and safe, lightly trafficked streets. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
Utilizing custom-formulated products, AutoKraft Detailing’s team hand scrubs everything from family vans to trucks, cars, and SUVs. Besides scouring engines clean and polishing coats with protectants, they also rustproof buggies and affix tinting film to windows.
A satellite branch of Premier Luxury Rentals, PLR AutoSpa tends to jalopies inside and out. Performing a host of services—from express detailing to deep cleaning—the spa's technicians pamper vehicles in preparation for a night out, or clean them up following a night out's transformation from pumpkin carriage back into car.
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.
Not only do Hollowsands Luxury Limousine’s courteous and professional chauffeurs remove the hassle of navigating through traffic, but they also allow customers to set up appointments, hassle-free, thanks to a 24/7 online scheduler. Customers can request a ride to the airport or a special event in any of the company’s vehicles, from executive sedans to SUVs to stretch limousines fit for 20. Custom-created city tours guide birthday celebrators across Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York, allowing them to take in the sights without getting cake frosting on the steering wheel.
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's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.