Founded in 1952 as a Massachusetts nonprofit for tire dealers and auto-service shops, the New England Tire and Service Association has maintained a level of excellence among all of its members for more than a half-century. Like a chamber of commerce, a professional association, NETSA ensures the quality of craftsmanship of its members and promotes its industry with annual trade shows. With a wealth of active members ranging from local tire merchants to service centers, NETSA boosts both masterful automotive-repair work and small businesses throughout the region. NETSA also supported the recently passed Right to Repair law, which requires manufacturers to provide repair information to vehicle owners and independent repairers. This allows customers to better choose who services their car.
The technicians at South Boston Auto & Heavy Truck Repair specialize in Dodge, Chevy, and Ford pickup trucks as well as other domestic and foreign vehicles. During the two- to three-hour service, techs replace old oil with a full helping of fresh lubricant, install a new filter, and top off other fluids. Next, the auto docs rotate tires to ensure symmetrical cross-car tread wear and stabilize the car's gait with a computerized wheel alignment. During the 90-point inspection, staffers scout critical vehicle parts and components for potential performance issues and then bathe the car's exterior until it shines like a disco ball dipped in glitter. Customers throughout the Boston area can arrange for the friendly staffers to pick their cars up at home or work and drop them back off once the service is complete.
The Toyota Corolla was in sad shape, with its driver-side door crumpled after what must have been a nasty sideswipe. But the missing window, crushed panel, and nonfunctional lock mechanism ended up being an easy fix for Malden Broadway Auto Body’s technicians, who have been working in the face of rampant automotive destruction since 1945. Before and after stories like this are a hallmark of the team, who guide vehicles and their owners through every step of the rehabilitation process, from towing and insurance claims to repair and post-op lollipops.
The technicians at Boomer's expertly equip cars with remote car starters, which can warm up engines with the push of a button from up to 500 feet away. Drivers can elude the discomfort of a cold car, activating their engines from afar before snuggling into a cozy cockpit without having to wait for the heat to run or share their coffee with the radiator. Keyless-entry systems give drivers the power to effortlessly manipulate their door locks from 100 paces. Most installation services take two hours, though some cars may require a full day of service and a post-installation bedtime story.