Custom Factory Installations' technicians don't see vehicles as they are, but as what they can become. This is because for more than 25 years they have outfitted cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and RVs with after-market upgrades that enrich each owner's driving experience. Their basic remote-start systems enable drivers to turn on their autos from up to 1,000 feet away. As electronic auto specialists, the technicians can also provide and install anything from audio and video systems, security, and navigation devices to LED/HID lighting, window tinting, and electronic diagnosis.
With an eye toward the environment, Five Points Car Wash’s techs recycles the business's used water by filtering it to be reused once it has sent dirt back to the curb. Four signature washes headline their service menu, whose affordable options include treatments such as triple foam polishes, rust inhibitors, and Rain-X protectants. These services can be augmented with a la carte options––including mat cleaning and hand waxing–while drivers enjoy complimentary beverages. In addition to the car wash, Five Points also features a quick lube center and detailing services.
Wilhelm Schafer opened his small auto-repair garage in 1954. In the decades since, he and his team of ASE master technicians have expanded the business to a state-of-the art seven-bay shop equipped to maintain and repair vehicles of any make. The maintenance team’s repertoire includes Pennsylvania state and emission inspections, advanced diagnostics, and powertrain teardown and replacement. In the event of emergencies, the team also provides 24-hour flatbed towing.
Whenever a customer at Payless Parking calls for a shuttle, it's guaranteed that the company's sleek, silver van will arrive to pick them up within 10 minutes. The parking service shuttles its customers to and from Philadelphia International Airport and ensures this prompt arrival whether the customer is waiting at the garage counter or just woke up from a power nap on the baggage-claim carousel. While their owners are away, cars are kept locked in a secure, gated area. During this time, staff technicians can keep each vehicle in top condition with hand washes, oil changes, and tire rotations. To aid those who have arrived in Philadelphia but haven't brought a car, Payless Parking also operates a rental service. The service oversees eight vehicle makes and models, each of which are primed for pickup with a hand wash.
Though it may seem counterintuitive for a car detailer and repairman to want to prevent the dings and dents that he works to fix, that’s exactly what Domenico Nigro hopes to do. He’s developing a slew of smartphone apps designed to keep teenagers safe on the road by blocking them from sending text messages and monitoring their speed for parents. For those not so lucky, his Autobody Accident Assistant app arms drivers with all of the tools they’ll need in case of a collision: their insurance information, emergency numbers and contacts, their exact location, and, of course, the number of their auto-body shop of choice. Domenico hopes that his customers will plug in his number.
The team at Nigro’s Auto Body repairs cars in the Italian method that the staff learned firsthand from Domenico’s father and co-owner in Nigro’s Auto Body, Aniello. The staff also includes Domenico’s cousin Raffaele Mele, who immigrated to the States from Italy to work in the shop, and Joseph Coulter, who has been part of the team since Nigro’s Auto Body opened its doors in 1984. Together, they perform an extensive list of services that include fiberglass repair, custom paint, bodyline sculpting, antique-car restoration, and collision repair. Before any service, they complete a free estimate and give expert advice as to whether your car needs a new engine or if its current one is just playing dead. They also help customers reserve a rental car if needed while their car is in the shop, and they back many of their repairs with a lifetime guarantee.
Penn Scooters’ electric vehicles zip riders along the streets and alleyways of Philadelphia, offering an up-close perspective on the city. As riders cruise by the city’s myriad historical attractions, they can take comfort in the knowledge that their compact transport causes much less harm to the environment than vehicles that run on gasoline, coal, or wheels made of chainsaws.