Mae de la Calzada founded LadyParts Automotive Services based on a simple observation: "When a woman's car breaks down, lives break down." Recognizing the strain of being a wife, mother, professional, and friend all at once, de la Calzada saw a way to ease at least one burden women often face. This vision helped her to turn the intimidating ordeal of auto repair into an empowering experience.
Today, when women—or men—walk into LadyParts Automotive Services, they are greeted by automotive technicians who eschew technical jargon and instead speak in the simple, clear language that both cars and drivers instinctively understand. Claiming certifications in hybrid repair, LadyParts's mechanics work on virtually all makes and models of vehicles, performing services that range from 50-point safety inspections to major repairs. To enhance each visitor's experience, the staff coordinates free shuttle service and furnishes a waiting area with free wireless Internet access, a 50-inch plasma-screen television, and well-maintained restrooms.
To further demonstrate its goal of turning auto repair into an empowering experience, LadyParts's team leads car-care clinics in which technicians demystify automobile maintenance. Such efforts have earned LadyParts Automotive Services consistent press, a vast network of loyal cars ready to do its bidding, and recognition that includes a 2011 Best Car Repair win from ABC7 The Bay Area A List, as well as a top-five finish in the 2012 race.
Named after a little girl who loves cars, Sophia's Euro Asia Motors has nurtured roadsters inside a 26,000-square-foot facility for more than 10 years. Their team of ASE-certified mechanics—one of whom can work on diesel vehicles—maintains autos with oil changes, brake adjustments, and tires by Michelin, Pirelli, and Hankook. As a Certified Auto Repair center, they back many of their repairs with a 12-month or 12,000-mile warranty, which is honored at more than 30,000 locations across the country—only three shy of being honored at all the buildings of any kind in the country. Their I-CAR-certified techs restore autos to showroom condition before sealing their handiwork with a lifetime warranty. If guests can't wait in Sophia's cozy waiting room furnished with booth-style couches and a TV, staffers will pick up and drop off their autos or provide free rental cars for qualified repairs. Sophia's mechanics have also been known to demonstrate a commitment to their community by such generous acts as delivering bath towels to shelters and hosting car washes to benefit local after-school activities.
With America's Best Car Care Plan, ASE-certified technicians keep autos running smoothly by injecting car insides with up to 5 quarts of clean conventional oil (upgrades to synthetic require additional charges) and performing a host of auto-maintenance services. Brake inspections and adjustments grant drivers the peace of mind that cars are safe and equipped for inclement weather and duck-crossing signs that come out of nowhere. Two tire rotations ensure automotive equilibrium can find long-lasting balance and tire grooves wear evenly.
The ASE-certified techs at Premier Auto Collision and Detail have been detailing and mending wounded autos with high quality replacement parts and the latest equipment for more than seven years. Using eco-friendly products, they fix dents, straighten frames, and make sure paint repairs match the car’s color precisely. Certified in restoring and installing air conditioning systems, they also help customers stay cool during warmer months. Detailing services for a variety of makes and models, including a hand wash and dry, prolong the life of vehicle exteriors and interiors.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Auto Repair's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in show-room condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, and tire rotations.