At the AAA–approved facilities, mechanics attend to vehicles with all the skill and understanding you'd expect from ASE–certified technicians. Versed in every make and model of car out there, they dive underneath hoods and reinvigorate autos with Interstate batteries and products from BG Products Inc., repairing anything that's broken and slapping down a 24-month, 24,000-mile warranty. This castle of car care doubles as a state-certified emissions-inspection facility, and their shuttle treats auto owners to free rides whenever it's not busy rescuing helpless jalopies from junkyards.
Personal Touch Custom Auto's owner, Ron Sanders, started detailing cars at the age of 19, and he still enjoys the work as much as he did back in his community-college days. Though he handles the operations of the shop, you won't find Ron sitting behind a desk—he gets his hands dirty right alongside his crew. During detailing treatments, he and his technicians gently hand-wash cars before slathering them in coats of wax and carnauba-sealant applications to protect paint. They also employ their expertise to install audio equipment, patch dents, and wrap auto glass in quality scratch-resistant films that guard auto interiors from 98% of UV rays, lingering heat, and direct eye contact with strangers.
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.
Leading Edge’s auto body and mechanical repair shop offers aid to broken, busted, and bumped-up cars of any make or model. With this deal, customers get an oil and filter change ($19.95), a front-to-rear tire rotation ($40), and an exterior car wash ($12) that will leave the car’s shell clean enough to lick, even if it doesn’t undo the emotional damage from the ink-filled egg incident. An oil change keeps the car's bloodstream free of corrosive buildup, and a tire rotation elongates the lives of the tires and ensures treaded safety. In addition, Leading Edge will inflate tires to proper pressure levels, top off fluids, and visually check brakes. A $6 Environmental Protection Agency fee is also included with this deal.
Certified maintenance consultant Brian Laidlaw has been caring for foreign, domestic, and classic cars for more than 25 years. Stationed in the Hampden-Woodbury area for most of that time, Brian takes pride in offering only what a small, local business can: one-on-one attention, and loads of information. To keep rapport with his customers at its highest level, Brian and his staff snap before and after pictures on all of their automotive repairs. They also provide free towing and road service, which is far more effective than coaxing cars to the shop with trails of cookies. While customers wait for repairs to be completed, they have all the accoutrements of a coffee house at their disposal, including a grinder, brew stations, and a variety of different coffees and teas.
"Running is such a beautiful metaphor for life,” Back on My Feet founder Anne Mahlum says on her organization’s website. “Life is about choosing different roads and our program teaches the importance of choosing roads filled with opportunity, hope and happiness.” Anna’s understanding of life and running intertwined and strengthened during her own daily runs. Every morning she would follow the same route, but despite her conditioning it began to take her longer and longer. This was because her route took her past a homeless shelter, and what began as jogging past without breaking stride turned into waving at familiar faces and then stopping to talk. Today, Back on My Feet is dedicated to the empowerment and self-sufficiency of underserved people. Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to creating independence and self-sufficiency within the homeless and other underserved populations by first engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. Through running, people experiencing homelessness gain community, self-esteem, and confidence alongside other people of all backgrounds. Anna’s efforts have led to a running club in Philadelphia and have since expanded to the Baltimore and Washington DC areas. The organization funds its cause by hosting events and races throughout the year, including various 5Ks, half-marathons, and The AT&T Sneaks Come Out at Night 15K & 3x5K Relay.
Minor Details' experienced auto cleaners have started expanding their horizons. While the staff has specialized in detailing cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans for the Maryland-area car dealerships, they now have set their sights on individual car owners as well. They wash and dry rides by hand to a glimmering shine with basic services, and scour every inch of a vehicle's interior and exterior during full-service detailings that restore rides to factory condition before being hardened by the harsh realities of traffic law.