The hum of a smoothly running engine, the whisper of newly tinted windows rolling up, and the swish of industrious windshield wipers. The ASE-certified technicians at Specialty Auto Sales & Service create this symphony of sounds as they repair and replace vehicular components ranging from troubled engines to phlegmy exhaust pipes. They can also trick out autos with custom work such as tinted windows or high-intensity discharge headlights. In addition to repairs, installations, and basic maintenance services, the center matches drivers with used cars. Its shifting inventory ranges from Fords and Pontiacs to Chevrolets and Saturns, originally developed to zoom around the planet’s racetrack of rings.
The automotive aestheticians at Genius Car Wash and Detail enlist a speedy and thorough 90-foot conveyor to help them scrub cars clean. Each automated wash employs a three-step process—a high-pressure prep wash, Smart Foam residue remover, and two modes of water treatment—to free roadsters of bugs and weather-related build up. Drivers can lavish their rides a little longer with three types of detailing packages, or opt for à la carte services such engine degreasing or a machine buff and clay-bar treatment. To avoid gridlock caused by pedestrians gawking at newly vacuumed upholstery, car owners can drop off their steel chariots for tinting services, which darken window panes in a host of shades.
Whether it’s a dime-size chip or a completely shattered windshield, the repair technicians at Accurate Auto Glass of America are up to the task. The shop boasts an inventory of thousands of name-brand windshields—a piece of glass for just about any make of vehicle. Well- trained staff members can attach a new windshield in about one hour or repair small chips in about a half hour. Each service comes with free disposal and is backed by a national lifetime warranty, but the warranty does not cover stone throwers who live in glass houses.
For more than 35 years, Village Lanes has hosted neighborhood bowling-league playoffs, birthday parties, and weekday bowling trips. Whether visitors are barely capable of keeping balls out of the gutter or able to clean rain gutters with a well-aimed bowl, they find their niche at this family-run alley. USBC Silver-certified coach Jerry Polarek encourages his students to achieve their best during weekend and after-school youth leagues, and birthday and corporate parties of all sizes share pizza and celebratory high-fives lane side. After knocking self-satisfied smirks off the faces of taunting pins, of-age guests can share celebratory sips of beer and cocktails at the comfortable lounge or chow down on pizza and buffalo wings at the snack bar.
The ASE-certified technicians at GB Auto Center work on both foreign and domestic vehicles, performing everything from oil changes to complete engine and transmission repair. Every service includes a 21-point inspection, allowing them to check for anything that might need repair. The technicians can also run computer diagnostics to find the source of funny engine sounds or red, itchy headlights. During services, customers can wait in a lobby with a flat-screen television and complimentary coffee, or stroll through GB Auto Center's used-car lot.
The full-service oil change includes up to 5 quarts of Mobil oil, a new oil filter, and a freshly lubricated chassis. Mobil1 Lubes’ experienced technicians will check and, if needed, fill the following parts and reservoirs: air filter, crankcase breather, PCV valve, transmission fluid, power-steering fluid, clutch fluid, windshield-washer solvent, antifreeze, battery electrolytes, wiper blades, lights, vehicle belts, tire pressure, and brakes, extending the lifespan of the vehicle and careless squirrels. Just when you thought the checklist champion reached for the belt, the exterior windows are washed, the interior is vacuumed, and any problems that need further maintenance will be explained. If your road baby demands oil opulence, you can top off oil between services for free.