The automotive pros at Santa Monica Car Sound specialize in quick changes that completely personalize vehicles. Services range from Bluetooth audio and navigation systems to window tinting and xenon headlights. Complete sound systems from Kenwood, Sony, and Pioneer beef up bass and help force the entire neighborhood to recognize the brilliance of the use of 12/8 meter in Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony. Once cars have been made comfier, more functional, or simply cooler looking, the staff helps keep them safe with alarm and car-tracking systems.
Specialists at Tirexperts' network of independent tire dealers fit customers’ cars with durable treads from brands such as Dunlop, Kumho, and Summit. Oil changes and other maintenance services help to lengthen engines' life spans, and shock and strut maintenance can help enhance steering response, stability, and smoothness on bumpy rides atop roads paved in lychee fruit.
Nick’s staff members understand that though their customers want a quality tinting job, they also need their cars back as quickly as possible so they can get on with their lives. As a result, techs apply tint to windows with speed and efficiency. The film they affix—which can also be used on home and office windows—blocks up to 99% of UV rays, reduces glare, and protects interiors from fading caused by sunlight. They are also nonmetallic as well as scratch-resistant, protecting against cats and world-record holders for the longest fingernails ever.
For more than 25 years, the Startronics team of technicians has tinted glass, integrated audio systems, and customized rides for drivers in the greater Los Angeles area. Nowadays, it continually updates its technological prowess, offering everything from a full stereo overhaul to the installation of iPod-integration devices. Its services use brand-name products such as 3M window films, Hertz Audio's Italian-made speakers, and Samsung GPS devices, which can help vehicles find their way to the out-of-the-way service station hosting that week's car-motorcycle mixer.
Parking a car outside leaves it vulnerable to wind, rain, and—in some cases—roofing tar. Fortunately, 26th Street Auto Center’s team of highly trained mechanics—who are also certificated in auto-paint reconditioning services––is able to restore these kinds of defiled vehicles, as shown on their Facebook page. The staff also applies their knowledge of automotive repair and maintenance––from tire replacement and oil changes to interior detailing and air-conditioning repairs––to any type of foreign or domestic car. In addition, they exude even more confidence when tending to hybrids and rare luxury vehicles, such as Teslas and Fiskers, much like a rocket scientist building a papier-mâché volcano.
The fleet of Cessna aircraft at Santa Monica Aviation escort passengers to the skies for everything from training runs to aerial tours over LA. Students eyeing their pilot's license get their wings wet on a Discovery Flight, which places them alongside a Certified Flight Instructor for hands-on instruction and coves everything from picture-perfect take-offs to landing without training wheels. Casual flyers, meanwhile, can sign up for a LA Landmark tour, which flies high over famous sites such as the Hollywood Sign and the Getty Museum, or the Coastline Tour, which follows the sand southward over Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Long Beach Harbor.
For the last decade, the team at Audio 2000 has updated Southern California homes and vehicles with the latest iterations of ever-changing technology. They can outfit houses with entertainment systems that include motorized projector screens and theater-style seating, or create a custom sound system that turns a car into an audiophile's paradise. The crew can also install equipment to make driving safer and more convenient, such as GPS systems, backup cameras, and tiny mouthwash cup holders—all without jeopardizing the car's warranty or lease terms.