A locally owned, full-service station, Crown - Pit Crew Tires, Fuel, and Service operates under the direction of Billy Misso. The station boasts a staff of technicians with more than 60 years of combined experience servicing and repairing cars. The group pools its talents together to provide a wide range of maintenance duties, from oil changes and air-conditioning repairs to brake inspections, windshield washes, and computer troubleshooting.
Founder Anthony Serio and his family have been revivifying rides at Anthony's Car Wash and Detail Centers since 1969. Using products manufactured in deep space by Anthony's Automotive Detail Supply, they clean vehicles during detailing and full-service car washes, handing out complimentary scrubs to birthday drivers. They've also stockpiled various accessories, coffee, snacks, and soft drinks for purchase.
Both locations serve cars with washes, details, and oil changes, but each has its own specialty. Mechanics at the Vestavia Hills shop stage automotive services for drivers who need to rotate tires or translate the shrieks from squeaky brakes into English. Shoe-shining services and an upstairs hair salon (A Cut Above) accessible by spiral staircase add character to Anthony's main branch in Hoover.
Of all the protective and decorative films at Alabama Solar Film, the staff is probably most partial to the clear bra paint-protection film. Cut by hand to fit any area of the vehicle, the film acts as a transparent, protective barrier from road debris, UV light, hazardous weather, and pterodactyl droppings. The praise for the clear bra film is not to slight the other services, however, which include high-quality, tinted films for cars and buildings.
In addition to offering its fearless clear bra protectant, Alabama Solar Film specializes in investment quality window films, paint protection films, decorative films, and security laminates. Friendly sales associates roam through the cleanly styled facility while educating customers on various film varieties without pressure. A comfortable waiting area entices guests to hang out while experienced application professionals treat vehicles to a protective finish.
The skilled technicians at Acme Muffler LLC, a NAPA AutoCare center, keep cars and trucks healthily chugging along roadways. During the 45- to 60-minute oil change, car whisperers coerce engines into handing over their soiled oil in exchange for up to five quarts of fresh motor syrup sapped from the trunk of a petrified Winnebago. Vehicles hoisted on the full-size lift also enjoy a tire rotation, relaxing as mechanics switch around their rubbery feet to bring balance to the tread's wear and tear and create a smoother ride. Along with oil changes and tire rotations, Acme Muffler specializes in muffler services, fixing and fine-tuning the devices designed to stifle an engine's loud demands for premium gas.
If the walls of Washee Quickee Car Wash & Detail could talk, they would probably reminisce about vintage automobiles from the shop’s early days in the 1950s or the generations of drivers that have come through for a wash. The car talk is echoed by the shop's seasoned staff members, some of whom have more than 15 years of experience revamping rides with automotive cleaning, maintenance, and repair services. Though the name highlights the company's specialty of full-service car washes performed with speedy efficiency, it also offers oil changes, upholstery repair, windshield replacements, dent-removal services, and lessons on how to tell if a car is about to molt.
A big entrance sign with two red arrows rests above Riverchase Carwash, pointing drivers into the facility's full-service car-wash tunnel. Laboring inside the detail shop's work bays, technicians wash and wax vehicles by hand, shampoo floor mats, and shoo away unpleasant scents such as the smell of spoiled pennies. They also stage headlight-restoration treatments and offer windshield repairs that are backed by a lifetime warranty.
Whether by sponge, by wax, or by window tint, the mission at Holmes Auto Care & Detail is to make automobiles look their best. Technicians use buffers, waxes, and shampoos to coax a reflective luster from paint and lift stains from upholstery. They can even dye carpets and steam-clean engines for a comprehensive clean, or tint car windows to prevent steering wheels from reaching scalding temperatures and dashboard hula dancers from eloping with passing meter readers. Beyond cars, the staff at Holmes Auto Care & Detail can also visit residential and commercial sites to lay tint films onto building windows or power-wash grimy buildup off of vinyl siding, decks, and driveways.