Five minutes is the perfect length of time for reading a magazine article, conducting some small talk, or, if you're a technician from Call Charley Roadside Assistance, opening an accidentally locked car. Available 24 hours a day, these techs report to vehicles as soon as clients call in with a problem. Typically, they can reach your location in less than one hour with the necessary tools, and address roadside troubles from dead batteries to punctured tires. They'll even deliver emergency fuel to cars that have run out of gas.
The car-care crew at VIP Auto Appearance, winner of the 2007 Steve Harvey Hoodie Award for Best Car Wash, roll out sparkling rides from their Clinton shop. The father-son founders and their team of techs wash and detail vehicles inside and out and fit windows with tinted films to block harmful sunbeams and keep upholstery from fading or seeking jobs as patio furniture. VIP also pipes iPod tunes into rides through static-free stereo cables, installs ignition interlock systems, and coordinates interiors with custom seat covers.
With 15 locations and an inventory of more than 3,000 cars, NextCar gets its customers back on the road with speed and ease. They carry cars, trucks, and SUVs from brands such as Acura, Range Rover, and Chevrolet, with models that range from compacts and two-doors to SUVs, luxury vehicles, and hybrids.
A.T.C. Flight Training Center has guided fledgling pilots through the skies with FAA-certified instruction since 1991, emphasizing good judgment, quick decision making, and practical skill. With approval from the Secret Service and FBI, and permission slips signed by their mothers, the seasoned instructors teach their flight courses in an airborne classroom high above the Potomac River. They lay out a clear path for students to earn FAA private-pilot certification through classroom lectures, hands-on flight instruction, and the Jeppesen ground and flight syllabus. Flight lessons aboard the center's two Cessna 172 planes cover basic flight techniques, such as fending off territorial weather balloons, before moving on to jaunts to other airports, night flying, and more advanced skills.
Already experienced pilots can instead embark on leisurely trips in a Cessna 182, outfitted with GPS navigation and autopilot. At the center's shop, staffers further outfit pilots with headsets, charts, and approach plates, as well as ASA training materials, aviation books, and films about flight.
Prestige Auto Detailing’s technicians will travel to your driveway to give your car a cosmetic overhaul using earth-friendly cleaning products. The staff offers three detail packages; the basic corrects everyday dirt and wear, while the more advanced signature detail includes clay bar and conditioners. To have your car further whipped into showroom state, you can request service add-ons such as carnauba paste waxing, machine compounds, and engine details. Detailers can accommodate appointment requests 24 hours a day, in case your car needs coddling after a nightmare in which it showed up to a driving exam wearing nothing but windshield dice.