At A-Z Auto Center, brothers Billy and Fredy run the detailing, auto-body, and mechanical-repair shop started by their dad more than 40 years ago, earning remarks for their "rare integrity" on sites such as Citysearch. As members of a AAA Approved Auto Repair service center, A-Z's automotive technicians uphold ASE standards during every repair, from replacing windshields to matching multilayer factory finishes as closely as possible through a sophisticated paint system. To simplify the repair process, team members can provide free estimates via uploaded vehicle images as well as quickly process insurance claims through their fleet of carrier pigeons. They can also give customers lifts home or help coordinate car rentals should their vehicles require extended service.
Family owned and operated since 1960 (the year cars started running on petroleum rather than hot jazz), Hynes Auto Repair has both the wherewithal and know-how to soup up any vehicle. Swing the family or bachelorette chariot?federally mandated to have a diminutive female nickname like Betsy or Ethel-Sue?on over to Hynes Auto Repair for an all-important oil change (a $30 value) and an interior/exterior detailing (a $170 value). Exterior detailing polishes chrome, de-bugs windshields, and cleans up scuffs that develop from kicking the car door every Tuesday and Thursday as part of an elaborate good-luck ritual. Interior detailing, meanwhile, scours encrusted crumbs from the dashboard, vacuums up all the tarantulas on the floor, and smoothes out seat covers that have grown belligerent from feeling like doormats.
With lube and service centers spread across America, Valvoline Instant Oil Change ensures that roads from coast to coast teem with automotive vigor. Certified technicians perform a roster of services, including drive-thru oil changes that allow motorists to arrive without an appointment and remain in their car while Valvoline oils forge a truce between metal parts.
Since 1988, Auto Care Super Saver has been helping car owners save cash with maintenance punch cards redeemable at local auto shops throughout the course of a full year. These cards come loaded with all kinds of prepaid services, including at least three full-service oil changes with up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a new filter. Depending on the location, punch cards may also feature tire rotations, brake inspections, engine-light readings, air-conditioning performance tests, and other repairs and inspections essential to a car's well-being. Customers can transfer the punch card's benefits to any ride, ranging from station wagons to sports cars to feral merry-go-round mounts.
Most of Boston Car Care's locations open shop seven days a week. That's because they know that mechanical problems can happen throughout the week, and that engines don't always take Sundays off for diesel-mimosa brunches. So technicians stand by all weeklong to bring cars to peak performance. In addition to oil changes, tire rotations, and inspections, the team offers comprehensive car-care packages that cover a balanced diet of maintenance. These care packages promise the full attention of a qualified technician, who takes a close look at the engine, tires, belts, and bristles in order to keep cars on the road and off the shoulder.
Within a spacious garage, mechanics rummage under cars, scrutinize vehicle interiors, and pursue the project of fitting monster truck tires onto bicycles. They outfit vehicles with tires from brands such as Goodyear, Continental, Michelin, Pirelli, and Bridgestone, backing each purchase with a tire price guarantee. On each set of purchased tires, mechanics offer free tire rotations and alignments every 8,000 miles. When not matching tires and cars, mechanics spruce up autos with repair services that range from preventative maintenance to fixing air conditioning to replacing worn-out brakes.