When dropping off a typical family car or light truck at the shop, it's comforting to know that its handlers routinely deal with complex vehicles weighing up to 2.5 tons without breaking a sweat. The auto docs at South Boston Auto & Heavy Truck Repair do just that, tending to Dodge, Chevy, and Ford pickup trucks as well as other heavier domestic and foreign vehicles. For every set of wheels, they offer a range of repair or maintenance services to keep them cruising smoothly, from routine oil changes and tune ups to transmission and radiator work. Before so much as loosening a lug nut or putting monster truck tires on a Ford Pinto, the team offers free estimates for the necessary work at hand.
It only makes sense that the auto detailers at Car Care are as mobile as the vehicles that they work on. Stocked with cleaning gear, their service vans travel around the Boston area before stopping at offices and homes. There, the detailers wash car exteriors by hand and venture inside to sweep, scrub, and condition all surfaces, including leather seats and miniature dance floors. Alternatively, the team also works out of four service locations. At these brick-and-mortar spots, the team replaces windshields, removes scratches, and executes all manner of auto body repair.
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.
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 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.
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 Centers’ 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.