Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
The licensed and state-certified techs at Honest-1 Auto Care draft written estimates gratis before operating on any vehicle. They're also eco-conscious, recycling used parts, batteries, and oil. The shop’s same-day service includes free local pick-up and delivery to go along with oil changes, repairs, and tune-ups. Customers can wait for their cars in a lobby outfitted with cozy leather furniture, large-screen TVs, and a children's play area. Complimentary beverages and an Internet café are on hand to slake your thirst for cool liquids and WiFi freely dispensed by the gods.
Pro-Automotive & Tire has been run by the same family since 1982. Donna and Mitch Jaber Jr. and their son Garry have created a repair facility staffed by ASE-certified technicians and stocked with a large inventory of tires from many different manufacturers. The technicians here address myriad automotive issues, from maintenance services such as oil changes and tune-ups, to small- and large-scale repairs, including brake service, transmission work, and engine repairs. Services include a free nationwide warranty as well, and discounts are available for military personnel, students, and AAA members. The tire shop, meanwhile, carries brands such as Cooper, and Continental, and staffs techs who can install new tires so the car drives straight and smooth and doesn't get blisters.
The technicians at Foss Car Audio put nearly three decades of expertise to use as they install audio and home theater equipment across multiple locations. Audio equipment from brands such as Bose up the aural ante with amplifiers, speakers, and MP3 decks, which the techs can install in cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and razor scooters. Staffers also outfit rides with alarms, navigation systems, and remote starters, as well as tint car windows to block UV rays and angry glares from jealous horseback riders. Foss Car Audio also travels to living rooms to build customized home theater systems with Sharp, Panasonic, Hitachi, and other name-brand equipment.
AAMCO Transmissions' locally owned outposts dot cities and towns from coast to coast. Since AAMCO opened 50 years ago, its transmission masters have extended their range of services to the realm of total car care, offering cars with faulty brakes, dirty oil, or broken air conditioners some one-on-one time with a handy mechanic. This commitment to full auto health also underlines AAMCO's promise that every vehicle receiving service is privy to a free multipoint inspection, during which mechanics explore beneath the hood, under the car, and in the GPS navigator's psyche to ensure safe operations and optimal performance.
In 1970, Bucky's first started tending Seattle-area cars in 1970 with a simple promise?to do jobs right the first time. Their reputation for tackling a wide array of preventive maintenance and repair services spread, and nowadays, their team of expert technicians spans 14 locations from Seattle to Tacoma. In each location, their staff swaps out oil and filters, fixes mufflers, and installs new brake pads backed by lifetime guarantees.