Cars roll into Bob’s Auto Service for quick and convenient oil changes. The shop’s skilled technicians tap engines for dark, murky oil before replenishing them with translucent quarts of conventional or synthetic fluids. Next, they hook up motors with brand-new filters, which allows oil to flow smoothly through the engine without dragging along destructive dirt and debris. They can also replace or repair squeaky or broken brakes to help drivers stop on dimes or stop on silver-plated slugs that are even smaller than dimes.
The detailers at Auto Spa execute four treatments designed to restore cars, trucks, and SUVs to their glory days of flaunting shiny, flawless coats on the showroom floor. The team breaks out the sponges and soft cloths to hand wash exteriors—including wheels and tires—and adds meticulous touches such as clay-bar treatments and sealants to protect paint jobs and seal in gloss. They also tackle interior grime, refreshing carpets and mats with vacuuming and shampooing, conditioning leather and vinyl, and excavating fossilized french fries under seats.
Cowden Automotive remains the go-to destination to get that hard-to-source part ordered and installed, and to keep your whole car running for years. By demonstrating, parts in hand, to customers exactly what they’ll be doing, this shop demystifies the handiwork and earns the trust that has kept them in business for over 30 years. A frequent winner of local service and value awards, the orange-and-gray exterior of Cowden Automotive in SoMa stands out amid the rows of poured-brick condos on Folsom. California’s climate makes it possible for these old cars to stay on the road longer, and Cowden Automotive is there to help along the way.
It's easy to sum up World of Stereo's wares in seven words: everything you need for a dance party. The electronics shop emphasizes DJ gear such as headphones and mixing equipment from brands such as American DJ, Furman, and Odyssey.?Their special effects lighting, meanwhile, runs the gamut from disco balls to laser lights so that no one ever has to stage a salsa contest in the dark again. Want to go the extra mile and record your own dance party soundtrack? World of Stereo covers production needs, too, with a vast array of microphones and recording software.
Hordes of hubcaps beneath the adobe roofline and a red El Camino with TYRE PRO vanity plates differentiate Robert’s Tires and Wheels from the loads of competition in this part of central SoMa, just off of Interstate 80. Beyond the clean and spiffy appearance, personal service from Robert Sainez himself sets this place further apart. Whether you’ve driven your car over a nail or the check engine light keeps flickering on and off, the crew at Robert’s will have you down from the lift and back on the street quickly. Robert also doesn’t shy away from teaching drivers about the entire process, and what they can do to make their car last longer and drive better. Even if that means they won’t be stopping into his shop as often, the eventual repeat business is more than worth it.
The vehicle virtuosos at Vanegas & Sons rejuvenate roadsters during a 2.5-hour express detailing service. Each treatment begins with a gentle and thorough hand washing of external surfaces including doorjambs, wheel wells, wheels proper, and rubbery rollers. Techs then manually treat minor scrapes, scratches, and regrettable DeLorean tattoos then rub car coats with a clay bar, freeing automobiles of surface contaminants to leave the car with a smooth and clean shine. Car caretakers dry cars with chamois microfiber towels and blasts of compressed air, subsequently coating them in premium carnauba wax, which safeguards vehicle surfaces and sleekifies its finish. Inside, vacuums suction up dust, dirt, and nests of sentient french fries, carpets welcome spot-cleaning, and floor mats bathe in deep steam cleaning.