Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with professional brake services including brake-line repair and replacement, ABS diagnosis and repair, and adjustments that come with a lifetime warranty on parts, labor, and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, suspension repair, and belt replacement.
Certified by representatives from Toyota and Lexus, Bailys Hyperformance Factory’s meticulous technicians maintain and modify all levels, makes, and models of cars during convenient weekday and Saturday hours. Essential maintenance services, such as oil changes and pump replacements, keep roadsters operational, and new electronically fuel-injected gearboxes and race transmissions help cars win races with the Porsche-driving cheetah from down the block. Mechanics can also replace old or ailing components in vintage roadsters, with new parts from manufacturers including Sikky, Garrett Turbos, and RCI.
Though window tinting was Alta Mere's primary service when it first opened in 1987, the business has since emerged as a nationwide authority on a gamut of automotive-electronics services. At each independently owned outpost, a skilled staff of technicians uses computers to cut and tailor window films to fit snugly against glass, thereby preventing hot temperatures and an influx of curious tourists from reaching automotive interiors. Additionally, installers elevate vehicular creature comforts with audio and video entertainment, security systems, remote starters, and GPS navigation technology.
Sunray Customs Tint's experienced technicians armor auto windows in sun-defying LLumar and Huper Optik tint films. Designed to repel UV rays, minimize car-interior temperatures, and reduce distracting glares, tinted windows add aesthetic beauty to cars attempting to charm bouncers at VIP garages. Vehicles can snuggle into the sleek LLumar ATR series tints, hybrid metalized films that emit stylish charcoal tones and send around 46% of incoming heat crawling back to the sun ($89 for two front windows, $245 for complete four-door). The 100% dye-free, non-fade Huper Optik Ceramic films implement nanotechnology in their stand against solar rays and high temperatures, durably repelling elements while maintaining undisturbed window clarity ($149 for two front doors, $395 for four-door car and rear). Both films come backed by a lifetime warranty against peeling and bubbling or attempts to moonlight as novelty sunglasses. Services typically take around two and a half hours.
Innovative Automotive specializes in the careful coddling of cars and light trucks while maintaining stellar standards of customer service. An under-hood expert fills engines with up to 5 fresh quarts of house-brand oil, which pistons describe as a dark burgundy with notes of oak and strawberry and technicians replace oil filters, lube the chassis, and—if necessary—top off fluids. The air-conditioning service entails a check of the climate control’s system pressure, component function, interior temperature, and flow across the condenser, with an added inspection of the entire A/C system for leaks. During a brake job, horseless-carriage whisperers turn rotors, replace brake pads, and clean and adjust all brake hardware. All the services take between one and two hours and leave the most mobile member of your family ready to best your neighbor's unicycle in a wheelie contest.