The technicians at Northern Liberties Auto Repair LLC—an official Pennsylvania inspection station—repair and reinvigorate foreign and domestic vehicles with steady hands and automotive acumen. The sounds of jovial engine revving and ribbing between cars about balding tires reverberate throughout the shop as the techs unburden engines of spent motor oil. During brake services, staff members ensure that the car’s stoppers are in healthy shape and outfit wheels with fresh rubber during in-shop tire installations. They’ll also reward cars with new stickers after assessing their health during state inspections, confirming that vehicles aren't emitting excessive amounts of pollutants, toxins, or unearned bravado.
The Goldstein family taps into three generations worth of experience and a crew of Automotive Service Excellence–certified mechanics to pamper steely steeds at Rapco Automotive. In the comprehensive winterization package, chassis-chewing ice trolls get a sound trouncing with an all-over inspection covering tires, belts, hoses, lighting, and heater operation. Technicians swap out oil filters and drain grubby oil and replace it with up to 5 quarts of synthetic blend. An examination, cleaning, and adjustment of brakes ready vehicles to stop suddenly for icy obstacles, and a test of the battery, alternator, and starter helps stave off stalling and reliance on inconvenient potato power. Cars are ready for retrieval after the 2–3 hour process is completed.
Since 1933, three generations of Blatts have kept area cars running smoothly and safely. Today, the business has gown to encompass three Blatt Tire locations, each of which keeps a large stock of tires on hand from leading brands such as Michelin, Goodyear, and Bridgestone. When it comes to replacements, each location employs well-trained technicians who install new tires and maintain existing ones with wheel repairs, tire rotations, and computerized balancing. Mechanical issues are no sweat for the team either, whether they're performing brake repairs or steering and suspension services. Oil changes and preventive maintenance are also at the top of the Blatt list, helping make sure cars don't end up on the side of the road or being sent off to the junkyard before their time.
The staff at High End Car Stereo are masters at sound and video installation. Working closely with their clients, they design custom media systems for all kinds of vehicles, from mini-vans that need home theater set-ups to sports cars in need of subwoofers powerful enough to communicate with pets.
With a large number of vehicle bays inside the shop, the installation team is able to perform even more custom work, including installing security systems, GPS navigation, and wireless entry. They also specialize in wheel rims, letting clients preview their choices on a computer that show any rim on nearly any vehicle model.
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.
Wilhelm Schafer opened his small auto-repair garage in 1954. In the decades since, he and his team of ASE master technicians have expanded the business to a state-of-the art seven-bay shop equipped to maintain and repair vehicles of any make. The maintenance team’s repertoire includes Pennsylvania state and emission inspections, advanced diagnostics, and powertrain teardown and replacement. In the event of emergencies, the team also provides 24-hour flatbed towing.