Innovative Automotive specializes in the careful coddling of cars and light trucks while maintaining stellar standards of customer service. An under-hood expert fills engines with up to 5 fresh quarts of house-brand oil, which pistons describe as a dark burgundy with notes of oak and strawberry and technicians replace oil filters, lube the chassis, and—if necessary—top off fluids. The air-conditioning service entails a check of the climate control’s system pressure, component function, interior temperature, and flow across the condenser, with an added inspection of the entire A/C system for leaks. During a brake job, horseless-carriage whisperers turn rotors, replace brake pads, and clean and adjust all brake hardware. All the services take between one and two hours and leave the most mobile member of your family ready to best your neighbor's unicycle in a wheelie contest.
Though window tinting was Alta Mere's primary service when it first opened in 1987, the business has since emerged as a nationwide authority on a gamut of automotive-electronics services. At each independently owned outpost, a skilled staff of technicians uses computers to cut and tailor window films to fit snugly against glass, thereby preventing hot temperatures and an influx of curious tourists from reaching automotive interiors. Additionally, installers elevate vehicular creature comforts with audio and video entertainment, security systems, remote starters, and GPS navigation technology.
In the shade game for nearly 25 years, A-Class Window Tint defends car interiors from heat and UV rays with a range of professional-grade window-film products. Much like wearing a sleeping bag to the beach, 3M FX HP tinting boasts SPF factors of up to 1,000, helping both upholstery and passengers retain their intended hue ($399). Made of dyed and metalized film in a charcoal finish, the film sends up to 55% of vehicle-infiltrating swelter back toward its home on the sun.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Center's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with professional brake services including brake-line repair and replacement, ABS diagnosis and repair, and adjustments that come with a lifetime warranty on parts, labor, and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, suspension repair, and belt replacement.
Sunray Customs Tint's experienced technicians armor auto windows in sun-defying LLumar and Huper Optik tint films. Designed to repel UV rays, minimize car-interior temperatures, and reduce distracting glares, tinted windows add aesthetic beauty to cars attempting to charm bouncers at VIP garages. Vehicles can snuggle into the sleek LLumar ATR series tints, hybrid metalized films that emit stylish charcoal tones and send around 46% of incoming heat crawling back to the sun ($89 for two front windows, $245 for complete four-door). The 100% dye-free, non-fade Huper Optik Ceramic films implement nanotechnology in their stand against solar rays and high temperatures, durably repelling elements while maintaining undisturbed window clarity ($149 for two front doors, $395 for four-door car and rear). Both films come backed by a lifetime warranty against peeling and bubbling or attempts to moonlight as novelty sunglasses. Services typically take around two and a half hours.