Central Parking of Pennsylvania is but one branch of a nationwide business that stations cars in more than 1.2 million spaces throughout 2,500 garages. The coveted spots are located in the heart of each city near renowned hotels and destinations, housing rides near Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena or the salsa-dancing shadow of Sylvester Stallone that still shades a famous set of Philadelphian steps. Commuters snag discounts on Zipcars, which take up residence in more than 100 of the parking facilities.
Searching for parking spots downtown can lead to frustration and dangerous driving conditions due to tear-slicked steering wheels. Bypass the nuisances of no-parking zones, fire hydrants, and meters with your month and a half of surefire parking. Use your premium parking position to stroll the short, three-minute walk between the lot and the new Consol Energy Center on game days for the Penguins' upcoming season, park close to work, or enjoy a romantic dinner in the front seat of your car. Parking is subject to availability and is based on a first-come, first-parked service.
The ASE-certified technicians at Pons Auto Body & Service prepare vehicles to start, run, and roll smoothly during the harsh winter weather. To start off the inclusive package, staffers pump mechanical bellies free of their used engine goo to replenish them with up to 4 quarts of fresh conventional oil and a new oil filter. Mechanics then drain the coolant system of its weathered fluids, flush out built-up residue, and serve it a 2-gallon helping of new coolant brewed from ground-up thermoses.
412 Motoring maintains a stock of wheels, grilles, and other luxury accessories that help clients add personality to their cars, trucks, and SUVs. Drivers can infuse extra "me" into their rides by swapping factory parts for after-market Lexani wheels and grills. Interiors transform to match drivers' tastes after technicians outfit cabins with new upholstery, stereo systems, or headliners. The staff can also install accessories to make life easier, such as remote car starters that crank vehicles without the need to turn a key or fill a bucket of cold water to wake up sleeping engines.
For the staff at Double Take Auto Detailing, maintaining a vehicle's appearance is just as important as changing its oil or feeding the tiny horses that live in its engine. That's why techs can shine up cars with three levels of auto detailing—Silver, Gold, and Platinum. All packages begin with a hand wash for the vehicle's exterior and to clean away dust and grime. Once cars put away their bath toys, the staff can perform more heavy-duty aesthetic services, including tinting windows and repairing minor dings by using a process that maintains the original paint job.
The car shiners at Auto Bathouse's original and new Butler Street locations leave no stone unturned with bumper-to-bumper cleaning services and top-brand oil changes. While the Lawrenceville location was formerly known as the Unique Auto Wash, the business still showers cars with a soft-cloth wash, heated blow dryers and a climate-controlled towel-drying area to keep teeth and grills from chattering. Select detailing services at the Monroeville location take more invasive measures such as engine degreasing, carpet steaming, and odor removal. Aesthetic upgrades spiff up auto bodies with paint sealants and chip repairs that fend off road debris, as well as window tints and carpet dye jobs that cover up graying fibers and keep aging autos feeling youthful. To keep clean cars from becoming mere driveway ornaments, techs keep pistons whirring with oil changes from brands such as Castrol and Pennzoil.
Sudz Brew Thru – Car Wash – Detail Center takes in dirty cars and sends drivers home with bottles of craft beers. Drivers pull into the main driveway, which is lined with a large beer menu that spans from Coors Light to Dogfish Head and Magic Hat. After checking drivers’ I.D.’s or counting the rings around their cores, staffers tuck their cases of beer into the trunk. Rides then roll on to the automatic car wash, whose brushless system avoids scratches and sloughs off dirt with premium solvents. Sudz’s detail center de-greases engines, steam-cleans carpets, and waxes paint to a brilliant shine.