Black-and-white checkerboard floors and faux traffic lights greet every customer that walks into United Auto's lobby. Photos of antique cars hover above a black couch, which is flanked by a candy machine and a shelf overflowing with children's toys. Beyond this sleek lobby, ASE-certified technicians toil away with tools and more than 25 years of know-how. They welcome cars for services as simple as an oil change or as complicated as engine repair and also perform state-mandated inspections to ensure cars are safe for the road and not churning out excess pollution or trash talk. On the other side of the garage, an auto parts store stocks all the essentials—from spark plugs to air fresheners and floss for the grill—for motorists who enjoy working on their own cars.
ASE certification backs the repair and maintenance services at Auto Tronics, a Napa AutoCare Center where technicians perform everything from state inspections and emissions testing to brake-pad replacement and complete engine overhauls. Computer diagnostics identify the reason a check-engine light is on, sifting through hundreds of potential causes. Techs fix chips up to the size of a quarter during windshield-repair services and can even replace windshields that have too many cracks or too few spots not coated in glitter glue. The shop carries a three-decade track record of fixing all makes and models, including foreign luxury sedans and domestic solid-gold minivans.
Blatt Tire & Auto Repair has been keeping cars in line since 1933 with tire sales and mechanical services and repairs. The shop stocks tires from Michelin, Goodyear, and Firestone, to name a few, and to ensure road safety and minimal wear, its staff of technicians performs computer spin balancing and tire rotations. The techs are also well versed in the inner workings of vehicles; they tend to a wide array of automotive needs, administering oil changes, servicing brakes, performing engine diagnostics, and translating auto manuals to Pig Latin.