Cobalt-blue key chains emblazoned with Johnson County Automotive's logo swivel on countertop racks in the cozy reception area, emulating the spinning wheels and whirring belts on the bustling auto-shop floor. Amid hydraulic lifts, arsenals of tools, and three decades worth of greased memories, a team of ASE-certified mechanics goes to work, rebuilding battered carburetors, grooming engines, changing oil, and replacing the alarm clock hanging next to the Garfield hanging in the back window. While mechanics pore over cars, drivers take off in complimentary loaner cars until their rides are ready. Johnson County Automotive upholds its work with a 24-month, 24,000-mile warranty, and doles out car-care tips on its newsy blog.
John Caraway is a perfectionist. He's also a certified auto-body technician. At Dent Wrx, located inside of Phillipe's Auto Body, John is able to combine these two traits by restoring dented surfaces back to an overall smooth finish on vehicle exteriors. Caraway and his team of technicians use specially designed tools to massage away dents caused by hail or overzealous rice throwers who got kicked out of the wedding they were attending. Paintless dent repair is also available for customers. Services restore surfaces without the use of putty or additional paint, and they won't damage the finish of existing paint. As an added bonus, Dent Wrx sometimes provides loaner cars so that patrons don't have to ride the family dog to work.
Discount Auto Glass’s expert technicians restore glass damaged by everyday dents and dings, replacing cracked windshields, repairing mirrors, or renovating side windows done in by errant rocks. After removing busted screens, they swap in Tam Glass Lines’ replacement windshield glass, which is shaped using the latest technology that meets or exceeds DOT specifications. Technicians can also custom cut glass to fit heavy equipment or vintage car windows, or remedy small chips before they escalate to full-fledged cracks. Other parts of the car will receive dutiful attention as well, as they re-attach review mirrors, repair mechanical door problems, and replace wiper blades with extra-long synthetic eyelashes.
Whether riding down highways or parked on the street, cars accumulate all manner of crud in the nooks between their panels and the grooves of their carpeting. Clingy tar and dirt can mar the aerodynamics of performance vehicles, while french fries and replacement wedding rings lost under seats can invite criticism from carpooling coworkers. Car Clinic Auto Salon eradicates such grime with their wash and detailing services, which range from simple interior vacuuming to complete do-overs of doorjambs, exterior surfaces, and trunks.
While an expert staff leads customers through an inventory of new and pre-owned Hyundais outside, Shawnee Mission Hyundai's service department hones in on parts and appearances. Hyundai-certified technicians wield factory-approved tools as they change oil and filters, replace batteries and brake pads, and tackle other auto maintenance and repairs. The shop also lavishes cars with hand washes and detailing packages that target surface imperfections with clay bars and protect exteriors with paint sealant. Drivers can await their rides in one of two lounges stocked with flat-screen televisions, magazines, free WiFi, and complimentary coffee. A play area keeps children from assessing the Blue Book value on their Matchbox cars.
At Diamond Finish Car Wash & Detail Center, cleaning technicians and detailing crews scour cars’ insides and outsides with a spectrum of wash and detailing packages. Armed with environmentally friendly soaps, triple-foam polish, and clear-coat protectant, the team scrubs exteriors and locks in shine, backing its work with a clean-car guarantee, which gives car owners a repeat exterior wash for $3 should cars get dirty before two days have passed. A spacious gift shop chock-full of trinkets, greeting cards, and novelty mechanic coveralls whiles away drivers’ time as they await their rides.
The trill of an air wrench. The falsetto song of a squeegee against glass. The sounds of a stock-car repair pit drift from JC's Speedy Lube, where crews work to focus that same level of efficiency on vehicles returning to the road. Along with expeditious oil changes, mechanics perform light mechanical work and employ Genisys scanners to diagnose future problems. Visitors wait for their steel steeds to return to them, passing the time in a waiting area with free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and steaming cups of Keurig coffee. JC's Speedy Lube also collects an ever-changing stable of used cars, which wow prospective owners with low mileage numbers and past owners who never drove them very far back in time.