The technicians at Bumper to Bumper Audio are by no means behind the times, despite being in business for more than 20 years. Instead, they constantly update their stock and installation techniques, outfitting clients' cars with everything from stereos to window tinting to remote-start systems to GPS devices. They cull their equipment from top retailers—such as Sony, Viper, Sirius, and Rockford—and provide lengthy warranties for their installation services.
As an ASE- and TIA--certified facility, American Tire & Auto Care keeps its technicians up to date on automotive trends and advanced auto-repair techniques. The full-service tire shop equips cars with tires from reputable brands such as Michelin, BF Goodrich, Pirelli, and Yokohama. Inside the repair shop, highly trained car-care professionals maintain rides with services that range from batteries and AC repair to glass repair, transmission repair, and oil changes that use freshly milked oil from a hormone-free Winnebago. Customers can visit one of six locations, each of which is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
At HMG Auto Repair, owner Danielle wields a decade of technical experience at Volkswagen, Nissan, and private garages to ensure vehicles leave her custody with reliable remote-control starters. After owners book their car for an overnight stint in HMG's auto lodge, staffers supplement traditional ignitions with an automatic starter. Attached to a specialized remote, the system allows vehicles to warm their interiors and any leftover hot dogs on the dashboard before their owners' chilly morning commute.
Tire Barn's mechanics draw on more than 65 years of combined experience to service hard-working cars as they roll into one of the service bays tucked inside the garage's clean brick façade. Barely-there wait times disappear in an accommodating showroom area stocked with a 46-inch HDTV, glimmering chrome wheels, and free WiFi for building a website commemorating a young car's first oil change. Amid the cranking ratchets of four garage bays, heavy treaded rubber wraps around bare rims in trusted tire brands such as Michelin, Goodyear, and Continental. The full-service staff goes a step beyond routine tire and oil swaps and offers comprehensive repairs including computerized engine analyses and alloy-rim repair for wheels in the habit of streaking.
Phaze 1 Autosport specializes in upgrades that make cars run better, look sleeker, and sound clearer. The techs here install all sorts of gadgetry to make life easier and more enjoyable for drivers, including a wide variety of sound systems, remote starters, and custom GPS systems. They also outfit cars with custom wheels and tires that improve handling and make it easier to tip-toe past traffic lights without being noticed.
Since 1986, M&M Quality Automotive has cared for cars with expert preventive and repair services. A team of
ASE Master technicians follow the Tech-Net code of ethics as they adjust alignment and maintain chassis with the skill of a Boy Scout whittling a new uniform. M&M also retools worn-out transmissions and repairs windshields wrecked in collisions, rolling wounded rides to its facility with a 24-hour tow truck. Cozy black leather chairs and lush plants dot a waiting area where drivers can prep for reunions with their own cars or first dates with the shop's fleet of rental cars and U-Hauls.