At Texas Car Stereo, versatile mechanics and designers care for the interior health and exterior design of cars, trucks, and SUVs, treating autos to everything from routine oil changes and major repairs to decorative overhauls of chrome-covered rims and ink-black window tint. The automobile artisans have a wealth of impressive work under their collective belt, with past projects including a Corvette decked out in a sleek hydraulic hood, racing stripes, and a yellow and black interior and cars crowned with custom neon lights that spell out the opening lines of The Great Gatsby. The team carries out each labor of love with factory-direct materials from trusted brands such as Kenwood, Kicker, JBL, Boston Acoustics, and Sony.
ith more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Auto Service has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X Auto Service reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
For 21 years, Splash N Dash Car Wash has washed, detailed, and fixed up vehicles from its retro, yellow service compound. Automatic tunnels lavish cars with tri-foams, clear coat, and conditioners, and rigorous detailers shine façades with Blue Coral waxes before restoring cabins to pre-carpool condition with interior shampoos and upholstery treatments. Onsite mechanics flush residue and Crackerjack prizes from stagnant transmission and cooling systems, and dispatch standard, synthetic, and diesel motor oils to mediate between friction-filled components. Customers flop down on plump leather couches inside Splash N Dash's waiting lounge, where flat-screen TVs and a small convenience store distract car owners from their desire to peek at their cars in the shower.
Lone Star Exotic Rentals's motor heads fulfill driving fantasies by arranging adrenaline-pumping cruises, drawing from a fleet of exotic automobiles that includes makes and models from Lamborghini, Mustang, and Ferrari. Individuals can rent roadsters for up to 24 hours at a stretch, allowing drivers ample time to shout curse words at slow-moving armadillos. Lone Star also offers one-hour excursions, allowing drivers to clutch the steering wheel and downshift through a 15-mile stretch of scenic blacktop.
Versed in the inner workings of models from more than 100 different automobile manufacturers, the technicians at Hurricane Auto Glass fortify vehicles with high-performance window tinting and alarm-system installations. Protect cars from baddies with a thief-repelling basic alarm system, which uses shock sensors to alert passersby of attempted entry with high-pitched klaxons or the scolding voice of their third-grade teacher. Crews can also accentuate cars’ newfound confidence with a two- to three-hour window-tinting session. During each service, a staff member activates the window tint's adhesive with a soap solution, lures the four side windows up from their hiding places, and firmly presses the shaded film against the glass. The tint can help dwindle the penetration of heat by up to 80% and boasts a lifetime warranty.
The dedicated staff of automotive professionals at Ingram Park Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram deliver one-on-one attention and service to each customer, whether putting them behind the wheel of a new or used auto or deftly maintaining and restoring their vehicles. The service facility’s sophisticated diagnostic and repair equipment thoroughly assesses and mends engine problems, and the newly added express lane treats autos to speedy oil changes, tire rotations, and inspections, without requiring customers to make appointments or announce their arrival via signal flare. Teams of factory-trained technicians pore over vehicles of all types and models, fixing brakes and transmissions or replacing worn-out widgets with top-shelf licensed Mopar parts, and complementary shuttles ferry clients homeward as they wait for their rides to be rehabbed.