The sharply uniformed chauffeurs of Boston Lifestyle Limo fetch and ferry riders throughout New England, New York, and Connecticut in sleek extended Lincoln Town Cars. Chauffeurs safely steer toward hotels or airports and warmly welcome wedding parties or groups of coworkers into back seats spacious enough to host an upcoming company barn dance. The luxury sedans purr toward pick-up points at all hours, conveniently accommodating late-night or early-morning trips.
Founded in 1952 as a Massachusetts nonprofit for tire dealers and auto-service shops, the New England Tire and Service Association has maintained a level of excellence among all of its members for more than a half-century. Like a chamber of commerce, a professional association, NETSA ensures the quality of craftsmanship of its members and promotes its industry with annual trade shows. With a wealth of active members ranging from local tire merchants to service centers, NETSA boosts both masterful automotive-repair work and small businesses throughout the region. NETSA also supported the recently passed Right to Repair law, which requires manufacturers to provide repair information to vehicle owners and independent repairers. This allows customers to better choose who services their car.
Meineke Car Care Center's automotive medics keep vehicles healthy with installations of fresh fluids, tire rotations, and diagnostic checkups. During each oil change, skilled technicians install new oil filters and replace weary engine juice with up to five quarts of fresh motor oil made by cross-breeding olive trees with retired pistons. To help prolong tire life, even out tread wear, and improve fuel efficiency, mechanics rotate cars' circular feet and ensure that tire pressure is at an optimum level. The 15-minute service wraps up as techs top off vital fluids and run through a 23-point inspection, scouring key automotive components for potential problems or overgrown thickets of pine-tree air fresheners.
At Lord's Detailing and Car Wash, technicians spurn mechanized car washes and opt to make over autos, boats, and even planes with their own two hands. With compulsive attention to detail and topnotch products, they swiftly hand scrub vehicles from roofs to tires and coat paint with wax to replenish moisture and shine. Inside cabs and trunks, they vanquish clutter before sudsing up carpets and reconditioning delicate leather, vinyl, or papier-mâché seats.
Simoniz's The Best exterior service pampers transporters with a shine-restoring exterior wash. Car caretakers ensure that carriages are completely cleaned, from their hard exoskeletons to soft underbellies to mate-attracting rims. Rid windshields of bug-and-dirt debris before applying a visibility-boosting treatment. After a tire shine matches trundling rubber to trendy patent-leather streets, a team of wash techs gives autos a final Double Bond protectant and autos go through a machine drying process, assuring all the essential oils get absorbed into their thick skins. As part of this deal, Groupon customers also receive $10 off an express detailing service ($44.99) during a future visit.
Hi End Customs restyles vehicles with everything from Strut wheels and grills to custom sound systems. Technicians install remote starters that can make engines rev from up to 1 mile away at the touch of a pager or even a smartphone. To protect high-tech gadgetry by brands such as Sony, Pioneer, or MTX Audio from the eyes of strangers, they can also lay dark, protective tint films along the windows or install alarms that safeguard rides with multi-tone sirens and shock sensors. Outside, details that include a buff and wax ensure cars look as good on the exterior as they do on the inside and save vehicles the trouble of trying to attract potential drivers with their sense of humor.
The Toyota Corolla was in sad shape, with its driver-side door crumpled after what must have been a nasty sideswipe. But the missing window, crushed panel, and nonfunctional lock mechanism ended up being an easy fix for Malden Broadway Auto Body’s technicians, who have been working in the face of rampant automotive destruction since 1945. Before and after stories like this are a hallmark of the team, who guide vehicles and their owners through every step of the rehabilitation process, from towing and insurance claims to repair and post-op lollipops.