Lyft plays the role of being your good friend with a car. Passengers can log into the app on their smartphone, request a ride with tap of a button, see a picture of their car and driver, and be on their way within minutes, safely in the front seat of a quirky, pink mustachioed car piloted by a background-checked driver. Bulit-in reviews ensure that drivers maintain an excellent record in the community, and passengers can charge their phone and pick music. Besides making rides convenient with cashless payments, Lyft rides also make for an economically sound choice—typically, Lyft rides cost around 30% less than traditional taxis. The company has received an array of press accolades, including features by USA Today, Forbes, and the New York Times.
Drawing on half a century of automotive service, Midas helps drivers to prolong vehicle vigour with factory-recommended maintenance services. Mechanics pop car hoods to perform oil changes with standard and temperature-durable synthetic solutions, taking time to inspect belts, hoses, fluids, and the air conditioner's resident penguin. Armed with efficient catalytic converters built to U.S. EPA standards, the staff helps to shrink harmful emissions during muffler and exhaust-system checks. Trained technicians augment brake services with lifetime guarantees and curate healthy, evenly worn tires with rotations or replacements from Goodyear, Michelin, Firestone, and Bridgestone.
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.
Continuing a 57-year legacy, the experienced mobile-electronics technicians at Al & Ed's Autosound equip car owners with safe driving solutions during two-hour hands-free Bluetooth installations. Armed with an extensive arsenal of adapters, the technicians integrate Parrot CK3000 Evolution Bluetooth units with existing audio systems, allowing calls to be heard through the vehicle's speakers. Any phone equipped with Bluetooth connectivity can sync with the handy hands-free device, regardless of manufacturer or carrier. Responding to voice commands from the driver, the unit conjures up contacts from its database of up to 150 names when called upon, much like a faithful robotic court wizard.
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.
The ASE-certified mechanics that staff FixCarNow's five locations reinvigorate cars with Castrol GTX oils and preempt problems with sweeping diagnostics. During each one-hour premium oil change, techs drain contaminated lubricants and replace them with up to five quarts of clean oil (synthetic available for an additional fee). New filters then assume guard duty in place of their dirty predecessors, intercepting dirt and rumors about recent monster-truck sightings. A 16-point diagnostic inspection takes techs on a tour of car’s vital components, and includes a brake inspection, chassis lube, fluid top off, and wiper-blade check. Service bays happily hoist cars up for fluid transfusions seven days a week, meaning drivers can no longer use busy schedules or observance of Take Your Unicycle to Work Day as an excuse for shirking automotive duties.