A sleek white Ferrari purrs in the parking lot, and suddenly the opaque window rolls down to reveal Kim Kardashian behind the wheel, beaming with joy at her new custom-tinted windows. Fresh Window Tint’s owner Junior Ayala smiles, knowing he has satisfied yet another customer. Since his father and uncle opened the first location in 1990, Junior has expanded their automotive empire to include three locations, each of which cares for clients personally with custom window tinting and other services.
Using only premium products with at least a 20-year history, which includes Llumar protective window tint, insured technicians wrap windowpanes to reduce heat, solar glare, and up to 99.9% of UV rays. They also protect cars’ bodies with vinyl vehicle wrap or enhance headlights with 3M products. Like wallpaper made from dictionary pages, tinted windows are also stylish and practical for residences and businesses, allowing owners to save up to 40% on energy costs. Customers who live in the Santa Clarita/Valencia area may take advantage of Fresh Window Tint's pickup and drop-off service. Customers visiting from farther-flung locations can relax on the lounge’s plush leather sofas, enjoy snacks and beverages, and watch TV while their cars are being armored against heat and the blinding glare reflected off glass-bottom airplanes.
Randy barely recognized his own car. The year was 1977, and he had just picked up his cherished ride from a new detail shop, astounded by the glossy finish that gave it a sleekness he didn't know it could possess. For the next few years, he was a dedicated customer and continued to be inspired by the crew's work and attitude toward their customers. In fact, it made such an impression, that he decided to open his own shop, following the same simple business model––great work and top-notch customer service––that he'd come to admire.
For more than 30 years now, Randy and his crew have been doling out double takes to motorists, helping them see their cars in a shiny new light. After delicately washing every inch of the exterior, Elite Motorcar Polishing's techs then get to work buffing and waxing the paint to a high shine and detailing every inch of the interior. On top of cleaning, the staff also revamps rides by repairing wheels, surface dents, and bumpers, and can even refurbish leased cars on their way back to the car stork. Above all, though, Randy continues to put his relationship with his customers at the forefront of every service, offering them quotes, and the occasional joke, free of charge.
After the untimely passing of Flip's Wesco Tire & Wheel Auto Center's founder Philip “Flip” Smith in 2008, Flip's son Shawn and daughter Kristin decided to use their lifelong industry experience and keep their father's legacy alive. To this day, customers stop by the center for vehicle supplies that range from automotive services to new tires—each of which comes with complimentary 5,000-mile rotations, wheel balancing, and flat repairs. During all services and installations, the experienced technicians administer a complete inspection designed to uncover operational and safety issues, such as leaky undercarriages and missing windshields. While clients wait for their rides to be fully refined, they can surf the web with the center's free WiFi.
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.
The wayfaring detailers at Shine Bright Mobile Auto Detail & Wash cart their own soft-water supply to every job they're called upon. That way, they help drivers avoid the dreaded spotting associated with standard car washes or driving behind a leaky milk truck. Shine Bright knows that interiors are just as important as the exteriors, which is why they also offer interior shampooing, pet-hair and gum removal, and leather conditioning.
Avanti Foreign Car Repair does not discriminate against American vehicles. Sure, the trained technicians specialize in servicing foreign cars, including Nissan, Toyota, and Lexus, but they also take in domestic rides by manufacturers such as GM and Chrysler. Whatever car rolls into the facility, it can reach peak performance through maintenance services such as oil changes, brake repairs, and transmission service.