One of the area's oldest full-service tire dealers in operation, Hillen Tire & Auto Service opened in 1917 under the helm of the late Joseph Schnitzer, whose sons, Marvin and Jerry, maintained the tradition of trustworthy service. Now, under the new ownership of former manager and lead technician Brian Smith, the auto shop tends to the needs of almost every car and motorized pogo stick manufactured since 1974. An inventory of 38,000 tires from brands such as Michelin and Firestone set cars atop quality rubber, and ASE-certified technicians keep cars healthy with auto services that include tune-ups, heating and air conditioning, and maintenance packages.
The technicians at Mr. Tire maintain and repair more than three million cars a year, replenishing oil and rotating tires for sustained, smooth vehicle performance. During the oil change and tire rotation, technicians outfit autos with new oil filters and keep engines purring with up to five quarts of conventional oil. Mr. Tire’s technicians also inspect tires’ air- and peer-pressure levels, then rotate tires before bad influences can convince them to shoplift broken glass. A brake inspection acts as a reflex test for cars, keeping vehicles’ reaction times sharp.
The technicians at Kustom Window Tint & Motorsports perform warranty-backed tint jobs that block out 99.9% of all UV light. During the approximately 1.5-hour procedure, experienced tinters carefully outfit all windows—save the windshield—with either Johnson- or Global-brand window film for a sleek look that can cut down on glare from the sun, headlights, and prison searchlights. Tinted windows can also cool interior temperatures by up to 78%, decreasing the rate at which seats, wood trim, and dashboards fade. Kustom Window Tint & Motorsports is open Mondays–Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
The Audio Connection's award-winning team of technicians customizes mobile investments with a complete range of audio equipment, security systems, and electronics upgrades. With the installation of a Crime Stopper one-button remote starter, car owners can warm up engines from up to 1,000 feet away to avoid winter damage and warm up the tiny musicians that live in car stereos. Alternatively, smartphones and MP3 players can be integrated into dashboards, allowing for easy charging and music access. The hands-free Bluetooth kit's voice dialing and redial features keep commutes safe and respect state laws that prohibit drivers from talking on handsets or steering with their knees.
As both business partners and brothers, Mark and Robert Beichler pool more than 40 years of collective experience. With the help of a staff of ASE master technicians, these seasoned troubleshooters oust hard-to-find problems with services that range from computer diagnostics to oil changes, tune-ups, and repairing damaged parts. They're also certified to outfit autos with Goodyear tires and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Halloween costumes.
The check-engine lights don’t stay lit long at SAP Automotive Center, and that’s because the staff of ASE-certified technicians specializes in diagnostics. But as a full-service repair and collision shop, they also dedicate their time to an array of other services. Their shop—which welcomes all domestic and foreign vehicles—is littered with stacks of certified used tires, and houses a tow truck that is available 24 hours a day ever since it switched from gasoline to espresso.