Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with professional brake services including a lifetime warranty on parts, labor and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, suspension repair, and belt replacement.
Drivers can control their cars' interior environments down to a specific degree. Short of driving their cars through grocery aisles, though, they have to leave their automobiles and risk the sun's wrath. To prevent solar rays from sizzling seats in cars, The Tint Shop & Accessories specializes in the application of window-tinting treatments, which block up to 99 percent of UV rays to prevent cars from overheating while adding an extra layer of privacy. The auto technicians primarily use Madico window films, which can be applied to cars, SUVs, boats, and even the windows of houses.
In their quest to provide the utmost in service, the staff offers a lifetime guarantee for their work so that each film will be working until the car is put out to pasture. The team also outfits cars with further amenities, such as in-car DVD players, iPod hookups, custom upholstery, and remote start for days it's cold enough to fill construction cones with ice cream and come back two hours later and find all 68 scoops still solid.
Tote an ugly or ailing roadster into Rene Isip's Toyota of Lewisville, where a team of talented technicians will use their state-of-the-art service to leaving it looking and feeling as good as it did in its pre-law school days. A full-auto detailing will carefully scrub each horseless carriage from tire to tail light, giving it a thorough wash and hand dry. Next, the car cleansers will move inside, shampooing and vacuuming to remove stains, loose change, and other debris from the instrument panel to the trunk, hitting every cruddy mat and cup holder in between. A thorough detailing will not only boost the vehicle's appearance to car show-quality, it can also increase its resale value and protect against further wear, tear, and emotional baggage.
E J 's Detail and Auto Works believes in the power of the human hand. At least when it comes to washing cars. They pride themselves on their hand washes, which are not only more thorough than machines but less prone to damaging the paint or making googly eyes at the fuse box. Hand washes, done with polymers and microfiber mitts, are just the preludes, though; following the soapy wash detailers use wax, clay bar, and shampoos on the interior and exterior to get the car to shine like new. Mechanics are also on hand to administer oil changes, brake repairs, and battery services.