After prosperous beginnings in 2002, Northside Autosports quickly became too popular for one location, expanding to more than 15 one-stop shops for all auto specialty needs. Skilled car techs execute services such as meticulous detailing, installs, repairs, and refinishing tires and wheels. Additionally, the team can boost auto's sagging self-esteem by performing exhaust maintenance, keeping the car hygienically attractive to eligible convertibles. By offering stereo system and performance installations, the shop keeps audiophiles surrounded by a wall of sound and road huggers souped up with a selection of top-of-the-line products.
At Cars 101, the seasoned staffers take care of the automotive basics: fixing, maintaining, and cleaning. Their services range from simple oil changes to more complex windshield replacement and tinting. Similarly varied, their tiered detailing packages feature simple steps—including hand washing and vacuuming—as well as more technologically advanced treatments such as high-speed polishing and hot-water extraction for upholstery and carpets. In case cars cannot be salvaged, Cars 101's facility is surrounded by a selection of preowned vehicles, including Queen Elizabeth's Studebaker.
Most of the automotive-maintenance services at Pro Oil Change begin with the pop of a hood. The dull sound reverberates around the engine, where trained and certified technicians inspect air filters, replace batteries, refill fluid levels, and inject Valvoline motor oil. Outside the automotive nucleus, they extend their restorative touch toward burned-out headlights and waved-out windshield-wiper blades. All of this unfolds inside their welcoming facility, which accepts all vehicle makes and models and features a waiting room with TVs and complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, or tea.
Fine Details deals exclusively in restoring cleanliness to motor vehicles with hands-on car wash and detailing services. Erase unsightly symptoms of overuse with a full-scale hand wash with pre-rinse covering the entire hull from bow to stern. Wheels and rims regain gleams with specialized dressing, and exterior windows are clarified to minimize pesky opacity. The final gem coat paint protectant seals in restored shine and guards against pigment fade, harsh weather conditions, and acidic wit of adolescent comedians.
When he turned 17, Jason Scott bought his first Mustang and fell in love with classic cars. Determined to spend as much time around automobiles as possible, Scott apprenticed with Ford Canada and Chrysler, learning the ropes as a technician. Over the years, he has taken hundreds of programs and studied aspects of car maintenance such as electrical systems, automatic transmissions, and clean emissions. Now installed in his newly opened shop, Scott continues to keep customers' cars in tip-top shape and contritely explains that there's nothing he can do about carpooling coworkers who hog the radio dial.
The exhaust system is a necessity of a powerful engine, allowing cars to safely breathe out the byproducts of their daily combustion. And exhaust is exactly what the ASE-certified technicians at L&G Auto specialize in—it's the featured service at their full-service shop. Tools in hand, they help roadsters respire properly and use custom fabrication machinery to bend and weld exhaust systems onsite. The technicians can supply quality components for all makes and models, swapping out the flex pipe—often a weak point in exhaust systems—and replacing catalytic converters with an on-board Rumpelstiltskin that transforms parking tickets into gold. Alan Guo and the boys at L&G Auto also perform collision repair and cheer up cars with an encouraging array of non-exhaust services, from brake work to clutch replacements.