Audio Dezign's talented technicians arrive at customers' doorsteps and driveways to enhance their driving experience through installations of speakers, onboard entertainment systems, keyless-entry systems, and GPS navigators. Accent lights give interiors and engine parts of cars and motorcycles a neon glow, and smartphone or key-fob remote starters allow drivers to safely enter their vehicles without needing to fumble with keys or remember magic spells. The team’s versatile mechanics can also turn boats into mobile party units with marine speaker installation, and turn car seats into sleek, modern-day thrones with personalized Katzkin leather restyling.
Welcoming autos of all makes and models, the dealer-trained technicians at Tire MD help keep roadsters running with services backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty. They play suitor to cars' inner Cinderellas, slipping on different sizes of Michelin, BF Goodrich, and Continental tires till they find the perfect fit. Their car-care expertise reaches far beyond the realm of tires, touching engines, transmissions, air-conditioning systems, brakes, and even the recently discovered "battery."
Since he was 14 years old, Matt Gineo has heard the sea’s siren call. As a youth he joined the Sea Scouts, where he learned how to sail, tow, and safely traverse the water. Now the owner of Oldport Marine Harbor Tours, he maintains a fleet of boats that tour Newport’s rocky coastline daily, showing off the area’s sparkling waters and natural beauty.
Harbor tours work their way up the shoreline, dotted with lighthouses, historical mansions, and bottles containing unread pirate grocery lists. As boats pass by sights such as the Newport Bridge, Jamestown, and the early-19th-century Fort Adams, guides share facts and anecdotes about Newport’s historical role in the pirate world and the slave trade. As tours travel back down the coast, the narrative returns to the present, with tales about the America's Cup and the city’s success as a fishing center.
Oldport Marine Harbor Tours offers a number of other aquatic services as well. Staffers build and repair boats, install engines, and run a water taxi that zips customers across the city faster than riding on the back of a sea serpent.
Mansion Rentals sends riders cruising down the streets and sidewalks of historic Newport on pedaled and powered transport. Whether perched on bicycles—which can be rented for as long as a week—or mopeds, guests enjoy some traditional two-wheeled cruising as they follow the pavement's spoken directions to local beaches, art galleries, or ornate mansions. Couples can also take a spin in three-wheeled Scoot Coupes that come in bright hues of red, blue, yellow, or green. While one person handles the traditional moped steering bars, the other can supply the high-pitched "vroom vroom" sounds to keep dogs from giving chase.
Every year come springtime, Jamestown Newport Ferry's vessels wake from their winter slumbers to tote passengers around lower Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor. Since 1974—when boats finally replaced motorized sea turtles as the main form of water transportation––the service has made summer travels a cinch with one-way and round-trip ferry rides to the region's scenic shores. Passengers enjoy unlimited hop-on, hop-off capabilities that allow them to sightsee, join historical tours, visit museums, and savor new dining experiences. Jamestown Newport Ferry rents out its ships, Jamestown and Katherine, for special events, too, including birthdays, weddings, and company outings.
At more than a dozen locations throughout the northeast, ScrubaDub Auto Wash Centers' computerized wash tunnels and detailing pros spiff up cars with advanced technology and minimal environmental impact. The robotic wash systems and photoelectric sensors not only clean finishes with a gentle, soft-cloth technique, but they can target white walls, wheels, and chrome with site-specific formulas. The eco-savvy automated systems also consume less water than home washing and recycle the water used to clean the wheels and undercarriage. Biodegradable SuperGlo soap keeps the run-off free of harmful compounds before it is funneled down the proper treatment channels, where it can't pollute neighborhood storm drains or be used to test the resiliency of carnival goldfish.
The centers' innovative equipment and Earth-friendly practices have earned them the title of Best Car Wash from CityVoter for three years running. Some locations also boast separate interior cleaning bays to address filthy dashboards and seats.