Owners Steve and Julie Poe started their business with a small two-bay shop on Buffalo Street and a dream for success. In just a few years they had expanded Steve's Auto Care to a building just west of Pierceton, where five lifts and extra space allowed them to add tire and alignment services to their menu of auto maintenance. The husband-and-wife duo didn't stop there; they relocated to an even larger facility in Warsaw, where highly trained staffers—including an ASE-certified master technician—fix and maintain cars. At the current NAPA AutoCare Center location, the crew's purview includes repairs for AC systems, engines, and brakes for imported, domestic, and extraterrestrial vehicles. The Poe family's dedication to customer satisfaction is evident in the comfortable waiting room, where guests relax on leather-style sofas with a complimentary cup of hot coffee or tea to watch TV or use the free WiFi. They've even designed a colorful Kids Korner, complete with a chalkboard where youngsters can draw up blueprints for hybrid-powered training wheels. The business has also given back to the community by hosting events, including SafeAssured, a complimentary child identification program, as well as an event to support US military personnel.
Ziebart has had plenty of time to perfect its auto-detailing services: the shop has been in business for more than 50 years. Trained and certified technicians use ultramodern equipment and Ziebart's own brand of products to detail interiors and exteriors, protect paint, and repair scratches. They also tint windows and program remote starters.
Armed with gentle soft cloths and biodegradable chemicals, Lighthouse Carwash's automated system sanctifies vehicle exteriors all year long, at all hours of the day. After a presoak and underbody wash, The Works car wash caresses exteriors with soft cloths accompanied by three foaming shampoos sprayed out of gothic soap gargoyles. Robotic appendages then coat surfaces with a cleansing conditioner and clear-coat protectant to bring out a sunglasses-shattering sheen. Like a pedicure, a high-pressure wheel blast and application of tire cleaner gives its recipient the confidence to wear risqué open-toe sandals in public. Each of Lighthouse Carwash's top-of-the-line washes wraps up with a spot-free rinse and power blow-dry.
Auto Clinic's friendly, dedicated staff has kept cars on Michiana roads for more than three decades. Within their full-service NAPA AutoCare Center and Bosch-authorized service center, they treat all makes and models of foreign and domestic cars with maintenance and diagnostic services, such as oil changes and bumper-to-bumper inspections. For repairs, they draw from a vast inventory of more than 375,000 parts, 1,000 of which are the same novelty horn from The Dukes of Hazzard. NAPA's Peace of Mind warranty stands behind much of their handiwork, covering qualifying repairs and services for 12 months or 12,000 miles.
Auto Fix draws on their parent company's deep wells of experienced, ASE-certified technicians to staff their seven garages in Illinois and Indiana. The full-service shops keep cars running with oil changes and thorough vehicle check ups, and they routinely flush power steering, radiator, and transmission fluids. Having spent years working with vehicles, Auto Fix technicians can repair any part of the car from the suspension to the fuel system. They're confident in their repairs as well, offering any client a 12-month or 12,000-mile guarantee on each fix. The team also renders problem-precluding services such as full safety inspections, shocks and struts service, and tire rotation—which does not mean enforcing who’s up next on the backyard tire swing.