For 30 years R & D Automotive has pampered and primped German automobiles, catering to collectibles, racecars, and everyday street vehicles. Car aficionados can restore the innards of their four-wheeled steeds with an oil change, which incorporates a factory filter and a dose of fresh synthetic oil to impress passengers with a smoother ride and a healthier engine. The four wheel-alignment services employ state-of-the-art Hunter-alignment systems—whose computerized alignment sensors attach to the outside of the tires, rather than the wheel—to ensure sensitive tires don’t get damaged. Signs vehicles need alignment include excessive tire wear, vibrating steering wheels, and cup holders curled in the fetal position.
Helmed by husband-and-wife duo Richard and Sandra Hameroff, Broadway Auto Clinic tends to the mechanical and aesthetic needs of vehicles foreign and domestic. As visitors relax in the lobby with a show on the flat-screen TV or a magazine, formally trained technicians employ sophisticated equipment to tune up and repair cars, with same-day service in most cases. High-powered automated car washes flush out undercarriages and protect precious paint jobs with pressurized jets of water and applications of triple-foam polish wax. Specialized dog-wash stations ensure that pets are clean enough to drive your clean car home. Two dedicated courtesy shuttles ferry passengers to and from downtown Albany and other important locations Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Northampton native John Richi practices the same hands-on approach when working with his customers that he has honed since opening Pro Lube Auto Center in 1990. He draws from more than 20 years of experience and intensive training in diagnostics from a number of car companies, including Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors, and shares his expertise with a team of certified technicians. Together, they perform tune-ups and oil changes in addition to part replacement and transmission work, all in an effort to keep vehicles safe and in working order. As part of a nationwide network, the shop allows out-of-state work under the business’s 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty should breakdowns occur while driving through the mountains of Pennsylvania or the saloon of an Arizona ghost town.
For more than seven decades, Kost Tire and Auto Care has tended to tires and outfitted autos with expertise, efficiency, and an ebullient approach by their team of Automotive Service Excellence–certified specialists. During the standard oil change, motor-oil maestros will remove thick and slow-moving sludge, replacing it with clean, free-flowing fluid fit for deserving engines and vagabond tin men who lack hearts and proper lubrication. The oil filter will also be replaced, cleaning out murky buildup to keep motors moving and cars content.