When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Atop bicycles and surreys built for solo riders or entire families, patrons embark on self-guided tours of major U.S. cities. Led by maps and lists of nearby sites of historical or cultural significance, riders zoom down bike paths and safe, lightly trafficked streets. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
Twill Auto Service’s experienced technicians inspect and tweak automobiles’ insides to help them safely ferry passengers to and fro. During the oil change, the car wizards will hoist steel steeds onto one of four bays, extract all traces of used motor oil, and fill their mechanical bellies with up to six quarts of conventional oil or the tears of one depressed Robocop. The service also includes a 27-point inspection, where expert eyes will examine modern carriages from bumper to bumper, including brakes, suspension systems, fluid levels, and potential leaks. To pass time, patrons can sip coffee and watch TV in the waiting room.
Grown from two small shops to 28 locations by the sweat equity of a hard-working father-and-son team, McGee Tire’s open-air bays now proudly display the cobalt and maize décor signifying their status as authorized Goodyear dealers. Skilled hands outfit hoisted cars with conventional and standard oil while computerized systems recalibrate tires, brake service secures stoppers, and transmission tune-ups correct gear-bound problems. At the core of full-scale commercial fleet services, a specialized shearography machine helped earn McGee Auto Service & Tire a mention on Modern Tire Dealer's Top 100 Retreaders in the U.S. list. Oversize vehicle service also caters to recreational drivers, with RV service including repairing electrical systems, recalibrating drive trains, and restocking the feedback of the horn's onboard bugler.
To earn the title of ASE Master Certified Technician, one must be a Renaissance man of auto repair. Applicants must prove their talents in all areas of auto science, from engine repair and transaxles to suspension, electronics, and air conditioning. At Peterson Auto & Truck, a technician of this rank oversees repairs on visiting vehicles, exercising his ASE-certified arts on countless autos. Experts also tailor treatments to the customer's goals, expediting simple oil changes or taking on a complete overhaul of the engine, axles, or electronics.