With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Tire & Auto 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 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 more than 20 years, First Class Carpet Service's technicians, who hold Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, have resuscitated textiles throughout King County. Using powerful truck-mounted equipment, they take to task not only unkempt carpets, but also sullied tile, hardwood, marble, and concrete in homes and businesses alike. Their cleaning agent, a nontoxic blend, works with pretreatment sprays to help prevent carpet resoiling, even when floors are confronted with muddy rugby players looking to settle down for a nap. Outside of their flooring expertise, the technicians also offer pest-control solutions and upholstery cleaning.
Almost a century ago, it was 1914 and William J. Cassidy was gazing out from his livery stable to watch the newfangled automobiles rumble past on Roosevelt Road. He knew then that he’d been right to expand from shoeing horses to also servicing tires. Never having children, Will took his 16-year-old nephew, Hugh, under his wing in the venture. When Will retired, Hugh took over and kept the company afloat even during the bleakest days of the Depression and WWII. Hugh’s six sons all followed in the family footsteps, opening additional locations in the suburbs, and then their children opened even more.
Today, those descendants operate 15 Cassidy Tire & Service locations throughout the city and suburbs. The Cassidy experts keep vehicles running smoothly as they grow old by practicing a full range of other auto services, from rotating tires to changing oil and flushing transmissions.
The ASE-certified technicians at Auto Plus understand that an unexpected car malfunction can put a damper on a client's day. To ease car-created stresses, technicians begin services with upfront pricing and a free inspection for any auto brought in. The company's free shuttle service ferries clients to and from the repair center while their cars are busy with the technicians, and free loaner cars await drivers whose carriages need multiday extended work. Additionally, the shop carries a range of tires, holds Saturday hours for busy clients, offers local towing services, and translates favorite quotes into engine noises free of charge.
For more than two decades, Cars And Trucks has kept motors running with an exhaustive menu of maintenance and repair services. The shop’s team of skilled technicians uses top diagnostic equipment to inspect cars of all makes and models, both foreign and domestic, before tackling simple jobs, such as changing oil, or trickier endeavors, including electrical-system repairs and coaxing ghosts from tailpipes. A comfortable lobby equipped with glowing TVs and plentiful beverages houses waiting customers, and the shop’s helpful front desk gives offsite clients a call once the job is complete.
The professional detailing technicians at Route 38 Auto Wash & Detail augment their cleansing handiwork with an all-star lineup of brand-name products, including Meguiar's wax, Lexol leather conditioner, and Armor All rust inhibitor. They reach for these products, along with doses of Simoniz tire shine and Rain-X, during interior and exterior detailing sessions, which give cars a shinier shell that is less likely to be thrown back into the sea. The facility features a full-service car wash tunnel and an array of à la carte services, including carpet shampooing, hand washes, and paintless dent removal.