Akiki & Sons' skilled technicians upgrade the appearance and performance of automobiles, whether by polishing exteriors, dishing out oil, or rebuilding wrecked bodies. Up to 5 quarts of oil slake parched pistons as the engineers turn their eyes to a full front-end check of the vehicle, lubricating door latches and slicking their extreme slip ‘n’ slide. While under the hood, workers eject old oil filters from the ring to replace them with fresh new recruits ready to fight off gunk and grime. After checking tire pressure and fluid levels, mechanics listen to the car's pulse, which usually indicates that one has in fact been driving an elephant. The cinder-block-and-cement façade of Akiki & Sons' full-service garage conceals its wealth of tools and powerful hydraulic lifts, which were invented to help Victorian-era ladies undress. Red and green stripes race each other across the length of the building, adding interest to the whitewashed walls and glass-encased lobby.
Ming's Auto Repair pampers steely chariots of most makes and models with a painstaking diagnostic service and tune-up, leaving them in peak health and optimal performance condition. An oil change replaces charred fluids with up to four quarts of Castrol nonsynthetic oil, prepping parts to work together as smoothly as an army dressed in silk (a $35 value). Next, a team of vehicle virtuosos exorcizes engine demons and performs up to one hour of performance tests on horsepower hubs (an $85 value). The shop's seasoned techs will also rotate tires, leaving talented rubber artists free to carve muddy midnight masterpieces into neighbors’ lawns (a $40 value).
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 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.