If you’re looking for a job at Arden Hills Tire & Auto Service, your resumé best have the phrase "ASE-certified technician" somewhere on it. Since 1990, this commitment to ASE certification has resulted in a highly trained staff that handles all of the shop's maintenance services, whether it be an oil change, tire rotation, or tune-up. The facility's extensive stock of Goodyear tires prove how far we’ve come since wheels were made of stone and used chewing gum. In the waiting room, drivers can help themselves to free coffee, popcorn, and WiFi.
In 1938, Charles “Red” Schoonover borrowed $50 and used it to found Schoonover Bodyworks & Glass, a family business that has passed through generations of Schoonovers over the past seven decades. Nowadays, the center honors its founder’s commitment to quality repairs with guarantees against workmanship faults, valid as long as clients own their cars. The guarantee covers maintenance procedures—such as oil changes and system flushes—as well as full-scale repairs. Technicians can match Sikkens paint to existing bodywork, concealing scrapes without hiding the entire car behind a weird-shaped tree, or revamp cratered exteriors with paintless dent removal. Glass repairs in the onsite shop include chip fixes and full replacement of windshields, sunroofs, and windows.
With five locations open seven days a week, Tires Plus is quick to set ailing cars on the mend. Since 1983, its expert staff has not only stocked tires from names such as BFGoodrich and Michelin but also performed countless tune-ups on ailing vehicles. Its services cover everything from a standard oil change to the replacement of sputtering transmissions or the aging radio personality that lives behind your speakers.
Billy Dinkel and Buzz Bonnette helm a team of techs who are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. They also participate in the International Automotive Technicians Network, which pools the experience of 47,713 professional techs from 135 countries. These roadster-savvy mechanics diagnose automotive ailments with electronic equipment and perform services such as oil changes and brake-pad replacements. They also repair electrical problems and replace air conditioners, electrical parts, ignition systems, and outdated stickers about how much you love your honor student. As a NAPA AutoCare Center, they back most of their repairs with a nationwide warranty.