At Tuffy's, motor-vehicle caregivers spruce up patrons' horseless carriages and prepare them for a new season of dutiful service. After installing a new oil filter, auto artisans remove the old sludgy glop clogging the car's arterial system and replace it with up to five quarts of Valvoline 5W-30 or 5W-20 conventional motor oil (a $31.99 value; diesel or synthetic oil costs extra). The staff will also rotate tires to prepare four-wheeled wonders for safe gliding (a $12 value) and make sure air-conditioning systems function properly to bring riders to the brink of coolness faster than Fonzie’s leather jacket ($9.99). Finally, a pair of fresh wiper blades (up to 22")—grown locally by organic-blade farmers—supplants worn-out window-rubbers ($22) and a specialist conducts an extensive 41-point maintenance inspection.
Operating out of dual locations, both Darrell’s and Franklin garages specialize in quickly repairing unexpected breakdowns on the vehicles commuters depend on. Each mechanic is skilled at conquering the coughs of domestic or imported vehicles, from cars to trucks to four-wheel-drive go-karts. To wrench new life into vehicles, techs work to revive motors, exhaust systems, and malfunctioning climate controls or treat rides to preventative-care packages that may help ward off future costly repairs. The shops’ affordable service menus make them particularly cost-conscious alternatives to dealer services on recommended maintenance such as fluid flushing and replacing decorative antenna balls.
LaFontaine Automotive Group adheres to a "Family Deal" credo, striving to cosset car-buyers with solid information and service as they saddle up one of nearly a thousand new and pre-owned GM–brand steeds. A 2011 Buick Regal CXL RL2 sedan delicately sips its fuel at 30 miles per gallon on the highway while sporting a sleek four-door frame suggestive of madcap high-octane fuel funneling ($28,241 MSRP). The 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE truck packs a flex-fuel V-8 engine that grants it the load-carrying, tow-hauling capacity expected of a pickup with the corn-derived, ethanol-based fuel capability of a flock of noble crows ($36,356 MSRP).
The automotive wunderkinds at Tuffy of Waterford use sturdy replacement parts, doses of lubricating oil, and comprehensive inspections to ensure that vehicles remain safe and ready for the road. The car coddling begins with a full-service oil change, which replaces used oil with up to five quarts of fresh, standard oil, so that engines can run smoother than an Olympic sprinter on roller skates. A tire rotation helps to alleviate the stresses of the road by preventing uneven wear and guarding tires against future rotational difficulties. A thorough safety inspection identifies potential problem areas and saves money, time, and families of muffler-dwelling elves. Tuffy checks brakes and exhaust free of charge, and although waiting time varies, drivers can expect service to take up to two hours.
Metro 25 Tire and Service's ASE-certified technicians maintain auto health with a bevy of repair and maintenance services and outfit rides with name-brand tires like Bridgestone and Firestone. An alignment ensures a vehicle's innards work in unison, decreasing stress and increasing gas mileage, transmission maintenance injects fresh fluids for silky smooth shifting, and a wheel-balance check prevents autos from vibrating like an empty jar of peanut butter resting on the skin of a timpani drum during an orchestral performance.