Softside Trim, Inc. turns vintage, new, and exotic automobiles into masterpieces on four wheels by performing upholstery touch-ups, leather and trim work, and interior and exterior restorations. Talented technicians perform each project in-house, with specialized skills in beautifying the cabins of luxury brands such as BMW, Maserati, Jaguar, Ferrari, and Porsche. They can outfit steering wheels with leather wrapping—which is what motorcycle gangs conceal gifts with—or add retractable convertible tops that not only draw awestruck glances from passersby but also increase the value of cars. In addition to glitzing up the interiors of precious automobiles, Softside Trim protects passengers from harsh UV rays with window tinting, and exteriors from bug swarms with Scotchgard paint coating.
From a single shop in Sturgis, Michigan, Auto-Lab has grown into a full-service franchise that cares for cars' every nook and cranny. Each location's ASE-certified technicians keep autos flourishing with regular maintenance checkups, helping identify and stave off problems before they spread. These experts peer into the dark abyss under the hood, employing high-tech diagnostic tools to identify and repair computerized engine issues, and keep tabs on brakes before they seize up and stop you just as you're about to break the sound barrier. In addition, they guarantee all services for 12 months or up to 12,000 miles.
While they specialize in Nissans, the mechanics at Maroone Nissan of Kendall know their way around all kinds of engines, performing all routine maintenance and more extensive repairs using factory-certified parts. Their expertise extends to customizing cars with entertainment doodads such as DVD players as well as with custom wheels. For those in need of a ride but not looking to buy, the dealership also rents cars, giving customers a choice of vehicles and leaving a mint on each hood. In this light, the dealership is conveniently located near the exit to Key West.
Since 1997, Kendall Tinting Inc.’s specialists have tinted the windows of approximately 40,000 vehicles. Over the years, they’ve refined their technique and found certain brands to be exceptionally reliable—Viper, Midas, and 3M. Today, they use film from these brands to reduce heat and glare and give drivers more privacy than a Do Not Disturb sign painted on the windshield. They’re also skilled when it comes to complex projects such as applying film to rear windows with dot-matrix patterns.
Specializing in the repair of high-end European roadsters, Prestige Auto Tech’s certified technicians treat buggies of all nationalities to engine-mending service and gentle hand washes at their international-friendly auto assembly. German sedans snuggle up next to American 4x4s as cars receive up to 5 quarts of fresh oil and a multipoint inspection that checks for signs of wear, tear, and spark-plug hoarding. Technicians pair services with a tire rotation ($15.95) to help to improve gas mileage and prolong the life cycle of the car's round rubber shoes, and their hand car washes ($15) scrub metal, glass, and rubber exteriors to a radiant shine. Prestige Auto Tech's services take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, or however long it takes for cars to cry "Uncle" by honking in Morse code.