The technicians at Import Auto Service use their fluency in the intricacies of European and Asian automobiles to keep them running smoothly. German and Japanese roadsters roll in for all manner of upkeep, as mechanics ascertain answers to a "Check Engine" light, patch oil leaks, or re-wire cooling and heating systems. The staff also expedites the regularly scheduled maintenance appointments required every 30,000 miles, that is, every 30 pro basketball players laid end to end.
From more than 350 facilities in six countries, Precision Tune Auto Care has spent the last three decades keeping more than 2.5 million vehicles on the road with an array of maintenance and auto-repair services. Professionally trained mechanics lube engines with signature precision oil changes, rotate tires to ensure even tread wear, repair busted brakes, and test spark plugs to safeguard against ignition failure during dramatic drive-thru getaways. Whether performing complicated services on fuel-injection and cooling systems or simply aligning tires, the mechanics back all their services with a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty.
With its sloping, spanish-tiled roof and matching fill-station canopy, Emerald Oil looks more like a roadside chateau than a roadside gas station. Nonetheless, visitors to this La Mesa hot spot can fill up their tanks—both gasoline and propane—and pick up any number of little conveniences. Inside the station shop, beer, liquor, and tobacco products rub elbows with a wide variety of sodas, coffee, and snacks. Customers can pick up lotto tickets and newspapers or ask the clerks’ assistance in filling up propane tanks and dream journals until 10 p.m. daily.
Since 1996, PAW Service Center’s ASE-certified technicians have lovingly tended to hardworking automotive innards with preventive maintenance services and repairs. The full-service facility welcome cars in need of new tires, realignments, and suspension work, as well as regular services such as oil changes and air-conditioning repairs. Technicians also perform complete diagnostics to assess vehicle ailments, identifying everything from an SUV with a faulty belt to a hatchback that’s actually a cleverly disguised bike. Customers can pass their mid-service minutes in a climate-controlled waiting area complete with satellite television and free WiFi.
West Coast Auto Glass's technicians are certified by the National Glass Association to repair and replace windshields that have been chipped, cracked, or turned green by rotted air fresheners. Using Essex urethane sealants, they stymie small chips in the glass before they become cracks. Technicians fit frames with OEM glass during window replacements, which means they work with the same materials used by major auto manufacturers. Tint films give sleek cover to interiors while blocking the sun's blinding rays. Many of these repairs are available as same-day and mobile services for the convenience of clients.
Genie Car Wash Oil and Lube keeps cars in top condition with speedy oil changes, window tinting, and detailing services at several different locations. One of the top five car washes on CityVoter's 2012 San Diego A-list, Genie offers automated washes that quickly remove dust and grime, and technicians who scour carpets and upholstery with vacuums and protect paint jobs with coats of sealer wax. In addition, mechanics are on hand to change oil, replace batteries, switch out filters and belts, and perform other basic maintenance services. The facilities also feature gourmet markets and customer lounges where guests can relax with snacks and drinks, or use the free WiFi to argue with complete strangers about the implications of Simpson's paradox.
Soundiego's team of audiophiles has been fitting rides with custom sound systems since 1990. Relying on equipment from brands such as Boston Acoustics and Sony, they equip cars, trucks, and motorcycles with crystal-clear stereophonics through simple installations and complete overhauls. In addition to musical enhancement, the crew augments roadsters with Solar Gard window tints, alarms, and DVD systems.