The ASE-certified technicians at this AAA-approved tire-and-auto center temper tire wear and infuse engines with pints of fresh, piston-massaging oil. After emptying dingy engine goo, mechanics restore motor mojo by filling vehicle veins with conventional motor oil. In a similar swap, a new filter replaces the car’s aging sieve, which is repurposed to pan for harmful particles inside each vehicle’s flowing oil rivers. After the oil change, techs rotate tires during an undercarriage barn dance to ensure even wear, steady handling, and increased fuel efficiency while owners enjoy free WiFi access in the waiting area. At Kirkwood's, family-owned-and-operated since 1979, the three generations of techs have always treated everyone as family, even if it means having to constantly reaffirm the adorableness of newborn trucks.
The folks at Sound of Tri-State boast that they specialize in "everything that turns you on." This isn't mere braggadocio, though; their slogan accurately reflects their specialties. At four different locations, they dabble in all manner of audio equipment, such as car stereos, headphones, home theaters, and DJ setups. They also install security and remote-start devices in automobiles, and round out their car services with window tinting and navigation programs. Their website features a What Fits My Ride widget, where anyone can plug in their car's specs to determine what products and fast-food fries will suit it best.
The ASE-certified technicians at Everest Auto Repair pride themselves on their honest, no-pressure approach to auto care. Capable of servicing roadsters both foreign and domestic, they take the time to give car owners as much up-front information as possible, including answering all questions about the repair, providing accurate price estimates, and leading detailed PowerPoint presentations on why chili is not an acceptable substitute for antifreeze. Pickup and drop-off service allows car owners to service their vehicles without reworking their schedules, while those who prefer to stay by their ride's side can opt to relax in the waiting area and enjoy complimentary tea, soda, and coffee.
Each day, Exquisite Automotive Detail & Mobile Car Wash’s staff of licensed and insured detailers clock in and view the tasks at-hand: a car needs its interior steam cleaned, a yacht needs to be polished up, or an airplane may need its wings pruned. The mobile team, who pride themselves on their professionalism, uses primarily biodegradable cleaning products, and they also offer pressure-washing services for homes.
East Coast Customz offers a variety of auto services, such as custom rims and tires, window tinting, and auto repairs. The auto shop also offers wraps and graphics and offers a rotating cast of new and used cars, motorcycles, and construction vehicles in its flyers.
When record amounts of water from Tropical Storm Henri ravaged Red Clay Valley, it left six historic bridges destroyed and reduced the 10-mile Wilmington & Western Railroad to a mere two miles. The railroad is no stranger to change—since officially opening for passenger and freight service in 1872, the approximately 20-mile track was gradually shortened before beginning to escort tourists on steam-powered jaunts in 1966. Through all its transformations, the rail has persevered, and its encounter with Tropical Storm Henri was no exception. By June 30, 2007, the track was restored and Royal Blue coaches followed a locomotive 98 for the first 10-mile journey on the track in nearly four years.
These days, Wilmington & Western Railroad's locomotives continue to follow Red Clay Creek on leisurely round-trip jaunts, romantic rides, and themed excursions. After their ride, youngsters can learn about railroading heritage with a series of online games, and individuals or groups can charter a train for subsequent travels to any destination along the line.