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In 1987, the Dayton Daily News briefly outlined the life of Charles L. Marshall, the then 86-year-old president and owner of Grismer Tire. Though the article appeared a quarter of a century ago, it still captured 55 years worth of history at Grismer, from its purchase during ?the dark days? of the Great Depression?thanks to Marshall?s winning personality and a banker?s $13,000 loan?to its transformation into one of the most successful auto centers in Ohio.

Today, at each of its 22 locations scattered across Southern Ohio, ASE-certified technicians continue to dispense the top-notch service that made the garage famous. They drain and replenish oil, align wheels, and fix busted transmissions and cooling systems. Equipped with nine brands of tires, including Michelin, Bridgestone, and BF Goodrich, the team outfits rides of all makes and models with brand-new rollers, allowing them to zip down highways or blend in at parades with ease.

721 W Columbia St
Springfield,
OH
US

For half a century, cars in need of help have steered their owners toward AAMCO. Technicians stand ready to leap into action, caring for transmissions, performing all-over tune-ups, and swapping out old oil or Kool-Aid for new, sugar-free oil. For nearly every service, the techs perform a 36-point inspection designed to prevent premature pit stops. They also keep an eye on the check-engine lights, providing proper care and attention for no additional fee, and fortify select services with nationwide warranties.

1215 W Columbia St.
Springfield,
OH
US

What's good enough for the president of the United States is surely good enough for the rest of us. Among its coolest projects, Silver Lining Detail can claim the restoration of the exterior of Air Force One—not just once, but twice. Its high attention to detail and high level of discretion are what won it the job, and what keeps customers coming back. Whether a vintage vehicle, a late-model sedan, or a foot-propelled scooter, this team will treat each vehicle with the pampering normally reserved for princesses who can sense whether someone's stuffing her mattress with peas.

295 Scott Farms Blvd
Marysville,
OH
US

Jim Carpenter has always loved working on cars, but it took time for his passion to transform into a career. Jim served six years in the army, worked as a correctional officer for the state of Ohio, and diagnosed production problems as a car manufacturer before finally establishing Auto Inspection Services, a full-service automotive-repair business focused on exceptional customer service. As a family-owned-and-operated business, clients can expect to find Jim's daughter, Julie, managing appointments, paperwork, and payments, while his ASE Master–certified son helps keep cars healthy as a lead technician. Along with a Master technician, an experienced welder, and a fabrication associate, the car-care cavalcade performs a variety of services, including repairing engines, brakes and ABS, and windshields. Auto Inspection Services honors a one-year parts-and-labor warranty on all repairs, and guarantees to consistently catch clients during trust exercises.

9570 Long Rd
Ostrander,
OH
US