Almost a century ago, it was 1914 and William J. Cassidy was gazing out from his livery stable to watch the newfangled automobiles rumble past on Roosevelt Road. He knew then that he’d been right to expand from shoeing horses to also servicing tires. Never having children, Will took his 16-year-old nephew, Hugh, under his wing in the venture. When Will retired, Hugh took over and kept the company afloat even during the bleakest days of the Depression and WWII. Hugh’s six sons all followed in the family footsteps, opening additional locations in the suburbs, and then their children opened even more.
Today, those descendants operate 15 Cassidy Tire & Service locations throughout the city and suburbs. The Cassidy experts keep vehicles running smoothly as they grow old by practicing a full range of other auto services, from rotating tires to changing oil and flushing transmissions.
Delta Sonic Car Wash renews tarnished transportation with an innovative touchless car-wash system that automatically guides vehicles through a tunnel of high-pressure sprays and overhead buffing cloths. The hands-free wash massages mild lotions into paint jobs, leaving vehicles with sparkling, fingerprint-free finishes that are backed by a five-day guarantee. Detailing technicians do get their hands dirty as they make use of more than 100 hours of training to dote on vehicle interiors and exteriors with products from ValuGard, Aquapel, and Blue Coral. The team wields AOCA certification know-how when injecting engines with oil and devising rustproofing treatments that avoid drilling holes or covering corrosion in zit cream.
The seasoned technicians at Goodfellas Automotive help to ensure that interiors and exteriors remain strong and striking. In addition to installing remote starters and decking out rides with full audio-video systems, technicians solve simple automotive quandaries with oil changes, tune-ups, and brake services backed by lifetime guarantees. They also set to work on exteriors by tinting windows, mounting 22-inch rims, or installing HID headlights—high-intensity beams that are bright enough to navigate dark tunnels or intimidate fourth-grade flashlight-tag champions.
Premier Car Wash's The Works full-service package ($24.95 at Forest Park, $26.95 at Arlington Heights) gives the most mobile member of the family a thorough scrub-down and sort-out. Both sides of each of the car's windows will be cleaned, while the vehicle's interior will see its dashboard, cup holders, console, and floor mats vacuumed, brushed, washed, and flossed as needed. Exterior-wise, the car's shell will receive a soft cloth wash and a fluffy towel dry, and Premier Car Wash's squad of horseless-carriage whisperers will apply brake-dust remover, paint conditioner, a clear coat sealant, and body gloss. Tires will be shined and rust inhibitor will be added to the car's undercarriage, with an air freshener leaving your car with minty-fresh breath.
AAMCO Transmissions' locally owned outposts dot cities and towns from coast to coast. Since AAMCO opened 50 years ago, its transmission masters have extended their range of services to the realm of total car care, offering cars with faulty brakes, dirty oil, or broken air conditioners some one-on-one time with a handy mechanic. This commitment to full auto health also underlines AAMCO's promise that every vehicle receiving service is privy to a free multipoint inspection, during which mechanics explore beneath the hood, under the car, and in the GPS navigator's psyche to ensure safe operations and optimal performance.