To earn the title of ASE Master Certified Technician, one must be a Renaissance man of auto repair. Applicants must prove their talents in all areas of auto science, from engine repair and transaxles to suspension, electronics, and air conditioning. At Peterson Auto & Truck, a technician of this rank oversees repairs on visiting vehicles, exercising his ASE-certified arts on countless autos. Experts also tailor treatments to the customer's goals, expediting simple oil changes or taking on a complete overhaul of the engine, axles, or electronics.
Finest Auto Detail welcomes cars, trucks, and SUVs for exterior and interior cleaning and detailing services. Technicians wash and wax bodies, and clean windows and wheels. They also vacuum and shampoo interiors, leaving vehicles shining and spotless outside and in.
The technicians at Hunt's Mobile Detailing restore vehicles' like-new sheen with comprehensive details. Whether servicing a sedan, a truck, or a boat, the staff works meticulously to cleanse every crevice inside and out. In addition to their vehicle work, the technicians clean pool decks, driveways, and roofs.
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.
The ASE-certified technicians at Twill Auto Service repair and restore autos of all makes, models, and nationalities. After scheduling an appointment, the customer turns their car over to experts, who equip the engine with a new oil filter and replenish the viscous fluid that flows through it with up to 5 fresh quarts of standard oil (synthetic oil available for an additional fee). A tire rotation improves gas mileage and eases tread wear, and a brake inspection reveals signs of wear and tear or evidence of sudden stops for street-side ice-cream sales. Experts also canvass the roadster from chassis to glove compartment during a 27-point inspection, checking fluids, tire pressure, and hoses. Customers can kill mid-service minutes with rides on the shop’s courtesy shuttle, which speeds to locations and off of skateboard half-pipes within a 5-mile radius.
What began in 1978 as a self-service wash center is today a three-pronged attack on auto grime. There’s still the 24-hour self-service wash with its foaming-brush and sealant-wax options, but now car owners can roll through the automatic, touch-free wash or put the buggy in the capable hands of The Stage Stop Car Wash’s detailing team. They take care of everything from hand washing and waxing to chip and scratch repair while customers relax in the lounge with complimentary coffee and free WiFi. The family-owned-and-run shop has installed do-it-yourself pet-wash equipment at the detail center, where owners can scrub their canine friends with vet-grade shampoos and conditioners before teaching them how to drive.