For more than 35 years, the highly trained technicians at Precision Tune Auto Care have been the sworn enemy of check-engine lights around the globe, battling auto troubles with a full array of maintenance and repair services. They tackle problems both cosmetic and mechanical on sedans, SUVs, minivans, and even hybrids, which require special care since they?re half car and half human. From 350 locations in six countries, these car clinicians hone their expertise by servicing 2.5 million vehicles each year.
Independence Auto's skilled mechanic-in-chief Cory Larson draws upon 20 years of automotive experience and full ASE certification to ensure every four-wheeled member of the family is in optimal working order. Clear your car's circulatory system with a complete 5-quart standard oil and oil-filter change. A multipoint inspection checks the long-term health of your auto's chassis, lube, fluid levels, battery, tires, and self-esteem. After a thorough inspection, Larson optimizes each car's velocity by tending to its brake parts, replacing any worn out pads or lining on either the car's front or rear. After a full inspection, autos can safely cruise for up to 12 months, or approximately nine Neptune minutes.
Crystal Carwash Center beautifies vehicles 24 hours a day with two automatic, touchless car-wash bays. For more in-depth cleansing, they invite customers to stop by on weekdays for thorough detailing with soaps, waxes, and polishes by Car Brite and 3M that leave vehicles as spotless as a weather forecaster’s crystal ball. The rest of the combustion-fluent technicians at the 21,000-square-foot facility devote themselves to repairing cars and returning them to owners with written guarantees of lifetime warranties.
Having opened nearly 900 locations in the United States since its inception in 1972, Meineke Car Care Center's steadfast staff revamps vehicles during a slew of automotive maintenance and repair services. Meineke's technicians will drain oil laden with built-up impurities or 3,000 miles of emotional baggage, or outfit rides with new brakes, batteries, tires, or mufflers. For customers' convenience, Meineke is open in the early morning, in the early evening, and on Saturday.
During the first Hopkins Holiday Pub Crawl, cheerful throngs of yuletide party-goers make merry at five area bars, sipping drink specials, taking home raffle prizes, and benefiting the ICA Food Shelf. The festivities kick off at Tuttle's Eat, Bowl, Play at 3 p.m., where the clatter of pins intermingles with the strains of belted carols and clink of glasses. Periodic shuttles escort revelers through the next four bars, ending at 9 p.m. at The Hopkins Tavern, at which crawlers can horde tickets to win raffle prizes. Pints of Miller Lite and UV Vodka mixed drinks flow at each location for $2.50 apiece during the six-hour crawl. All comers are encouraged to dress up in their favorite holiday apparel, donning Santa suits, sporting reindeer horns, or fashioning robes out of popcorn garlands.
Members of the Seehusen family have roamed the halls of Hopkins and Southwest Firestone since 1975. The current owners, Tim and Rick Seehusen, worked with their father for years before taking the helm in 2003. Both the Hopkins and the Southwest shops boast a staff of trained service technicians. Some specialize in replacing tires and wheels, and others specialize in general service for common auto ailments such as squeaky brakes, sputtering engines, and rhythm-less turn signals. Work bays are stocked with auto parts and stacks of tires from brands including Firestone, Michelin, Toyo, and Bridgestone.