After an unlucky coin-flip forced him to sell control of his own tire business, Frank Bruneel had no choice but to start anew. The initial loss turned out to be fortuitous in the long run, however. Now, after affiliating with a vast tire-supply network, his Bruneel Tire Factory boasts 10 locations with ready access to an expansive selection of rubber circles. Frank has leveraged expansion to diversify the company's services, with each location staffed by ASE-certified technicians who perform routine maintenance, align tires, replace worn shocks and struts, and service AC systems by rigging them to vent the prom king's breath.
Most Popular Service: Mobile auto glass replacement and repair
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: OEM-quality parts
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Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
I'm an Auto Glass Safety Council certified tech.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I started out in 1995 as a telemarketer for a glass shop. I also just love to fix things.
What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?
Our mobile service.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I love what I do, and even though I'm the owner of the glass shop, I'll be the one working on your vehicle?not an employee.
The technicians at Custom Truck transform stock trucks and SUVs into roving extensions of drivers' personalities. The team has been in the build-out business since 1971, which not only adds up to a lot of experience, but also means it has developed relationships with a sizable lineup of vendors—more than 125 in all. The extensive product list allows nearly any part of a vehicle to be swapped out for another model, from floor mats and seat covers to grilles and suspension systems.
Clark's Tire & Automotive is run by husband-and-wife team Chris and Erin Clark, along with their crew of ASE-certified mechanics. Not surprisingly, tires are one of the garage's specialties, and techs can install new ones from a selection of brands including Goodyear, Hankook, and Firestone. Additionally, mechanics can tackle all manner of automotive ailment, from oil changes and brake repairs to alignments.
For Nicholas Newell, it was love at first shift. As a mischievous 4-year-old, he snatched the keys to his mother's car, popped the vehicle into reverse, and started to back out of the driveway. Luckily, Nicholas's mom stopped him before he made it to the street, but his life had already changed—Nicholas had fallen in love with automobiles. As years passed, he spent afternoons washing the family Jeep, until he was finally old enough to purchase his own car: a 1984 Ford Bronco II. He worked tirelessly to maintain the car's clear coat, and along the way, he became an expert auto detailer. It seemed inevitable that he would one day either open his own detailing shop or found a republic where cars have a voice in congress.
At E46 Detailing, Nicholas and his team maintain the interiors and exteriors of most any type of vehicle, from European imports to American muscle cars. They can hand wash paint jobs, treat leather, dress tires, vacuum floors, and perform anything else needed to keep cars looking their best. In addition to these services, the auto enthusiasts also host a monthly European auto club.
A 30-year veteran of the auto-care industry, Dave Lee of Specialty Auto and Tire knows cars. Lee is an expert in caring for diesel vehicles and motor homes, and cares for cars with scheduled maintenance, tune-ups, system flushes, and electrical and full diagnostics. His fellow mechanics adjust alignments and care for breaks and transmissions, often with same-day turnaround, allowing customers to return to the Bat Cave before nightfall. The auto shop's technicians meet or beat almost any estimate, and offer a one-year or 12,000-mile parts-and-labor warranty.