In addition to proudly donning the insignia that represents ASE certification, all of the technicians at Oakdale Truck & Auto spent at least 10 years beneath the service bays of dealerships. Utilizing the fruits of their experience, the techs tend to cars by providing fresh oil, tire tweaking, or pithy comebacks after encounters with witty bumper stickers. They also boost owner confidence with free inspections and the promise of warranties on all services.
The automotive center treats cars with as much courtesy as their owners. As vehicles revel in the care of technicians, drivers can take a break of their own by hopping aboard Oakdale Truck & Auto's local shuttle, which supplies free rides to homes, offices, or the nearest air-freshener factory. :m]]
At Tuffy's, motor-vehicle caregivers spruce up patrons' horseless carriages and prepare them for a new season of dutiful service. After installing a new oil filter, auto artisans remove the old sludgy glop clogging the car's arterial system and replace it with up to 5 quarts of Valvoline 5W-30 or 5W-20 conventional motor oil (a $26.99 value, diesel or synthetic oil costs extra). The staff will also rotate tires to prepare four-wheeled wonders for safe gliding (a $12 value) and make sure air-conditioning systems function properly to bring you to the brink of coolness faster than Fonzie’s leather jacket ($9.99) . Finally, a pair of fresh wiper blades (up to 22")—grown locally by organic-blade farmers—supplants worn-out window-rubbers ($22) and a specialist conducts an extensive 41-point maintenance inspection.
Russ' Auto Wash implements the tools acquired from its 60 years in the car-cleaning trade to groom dirty cars inside automated tunnels of tidiness. After the attentive staff gives them a welcoming pat on the hood, cars pull forward for a cleansing interior and exterior wash and detailing, both of which strip away dirt and grime.
For more than two decades, cars have been emerging from Perretti's Auto Detailing gleaming with a like-showroom shine. The staff applies carnauba wax by hand, bestowing vehicles with a sheen that can last up to eight months and is impenetrable by squirt-gun attacks or razzberries from jealous neighbors. Rubout compound or correction cream can reduce the appearance of small marks and scratches, and the crew is careful to use only foam pads in order to prevent swirl marks. To match the like-new exterior, technicians can then move inside to clean and seal most surfaces, including cracks in leather upholstery.
Though current owner Gary Pontious Sr. purchased Toledo Auto Care in 1975, the shop’s legacy stretches even further back, to 1917. Today, Gary and his son, both certified by the Automotive Management Institute, maintain the shop’s long-held reputation with the help of a team of ASE-certified techs. These auto wizards skillfully perform a wide range of services, including warranty-backed repairs.
Aside from oiling engines and servicing car parts, Gary’s staff takes care of customers by way of free roundtrip shuttles, towing, and engine-light inspections. These customer-comfort measures extend to the shop’s tidy waiting room, which is filled with stock-car memorabilia and complimentary Starbucks coffee. The team also supports local community efforts by offering free car-care workshops and raising money to aid the fight against cancer.
On March 4th, 1902, Chicago hosted a meeting of like-minded futurists. They represented nine different automobile clubs that had recently formed as vehicles started hitting the roads across the nation. They came together at the summit to form a national motoring organization, and the result of their efforts became known as the AAA. Today, AAA takes the attendant hassle out of driving with roadside assistance, insurance, vehicle maintenance, and travel guides for the entire country.
AAA Northwest Ohio Car Care Plus focuses specifically on tuning up and repairing vehicles from three company-owned facilities scattered across Toledo. At each location, skilled techs wield the latest equipment to perform everything from simple oil swaps to full-service mechanical and electrical repairs and upgrades, such as teaching cars not to shut off in panic whenever they hear lightning.