Have a look at the newest and most innovative consumer-facing businesses that are here to improve your ride.
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5580 NW 145th St Opa Locka, FL Used Car Dealers,Wholesale Used Car Dealers
Think of it like the Old Navy of car lots: Enormous, hectic, drawing all types of consumer, and, ultimately, offering the lowest prices in the realm. Taking over Florida -- thanks to sticker prices easily $4,000 less than competition -- this company describes itself as an auction/used car lot hybrid. Prices are non-negotiable, vehicles get a cleaning and safety inspection but no major cosmetic enhancements .
Buyers are given no-fee access to a computer terminal to look up all the available vehicles on the vast lot, and then pull all the CarFax reports they want. After going through dozens, they'll test-drive one at a time. It's up to the buyer to spot any issues, take the car to their mechanic, or perform any other due diligence. Actual business transactions are moved swiftly to private rooms that muffle the crowd noise from the main area.
527 Madison Ave New York, NY Stereo, Audio & Video Equipment-Dealers,Automobile Radios & Stereo Systems
Harman's flagship store sells the best in car, home, and boat audio. This store isn't new—but what is new is the company's recent acquisition by Samsung. Reports breathlessly predicted that the merge of an electronic leader with a tech giant would turn cars into small virtual reality stations driving smoothly down the highway. For now, though, Harman remains primarily a high-end audio innovator, selling speakers and subwoofers and entire aftermarket systems, as well as devices/apps to get your car audio system and smartphone working in sync.
16416 Sanford Ave Flushing, NY Auto Repair & Service,Automobile Body Repairing & Painting,Tire Dealers,Automobile Electric Service,Brake Repair,Dent Removal,Engine Rebuilding & Exchange,Auto Springs & Suspension,Auto Transmission,Windshield Repair,Tire Recap, Retread & Repair,Wheels-Aligning & Balancing,Auto Oil & Lube,Auto Engine Rebuilding,Mufflers & Exhaust Systems,Wheel Alignment-Frame & Axle Servicing-Automotive,Alternators & Generators-Automotive Repairing,Automobile Air Conditioning Equipment-Service & Repair,Automobile Diagnostic Service,Automotive Tune Up Service,Radiators Automotive Sales & Service
Unsurprising that a New York borough harbors one of the savviest women in automotive repair. This fourth-generation auto shop in Flushing is owned by Audra Fordin, who also runs the website womenautoknow.com and has a radio show offering shop talk for women. Through a great balance of active social media presence, a well-maintained physical location, and helpful consumer-facing branded content, this shop draws in customers consistently. Excellent service keeps them returning.
Rising Tide Car Wash
7201 N State Road 7 Parkland, FL Car Wash,Automobile Detailing
This is as great concept that brings community activism and social enterprise to bear in a classic local-neighborhood business model. The product (hand carwashes) is common and takes no skilled labor--thus, is difficult for a business to differentiate itself. However, this startup's X factor is memorable and loveable: The business trains and hires people with autism. It teaches them a trade, gives them a job, and instills a sense of helping the community.
Esoteric Auto Detail
9801 Karmar Ct New Albany, OH Automobile Detailing,Car Wash
The name says a lot about this shop's approach. They know how to elevate a specialized service area to high art. And, by all accounts, they're truly masters of their field. Even when the enhancements are not widely understood—i.e. fitting a car for a bra. This shop caters to car aficionados, and its most popular specialty enhancements include aerospace-grade wheels, Akrapovic Exhaust, and paint protection film installation. Basic detailing, leather treatment, paint correction, and other luxe auto TLC services are also on the menu.
825 Garden Blvd Charlottesville, VA Automobile Radios & Stereo Systems,Home Theater Systems,Sound Systems & Equipment
Selling the best aftermarket infotainment systems, this trusted DC-area retailer helps turn people's automobiles into mobile offices/theaters/listening parties. Info-tainment devices and apps are only getting more popular with each passing year—to the point where auto-makers brag about the media/entertainment capabilities of a new car as much as the actual driving features. But for cars that are a few years old, or just some out of the factory with all the extras, knowing a trustworthy aftermarket dealer/installer is crucial. For Bluetooth connectivity, attention-grabbing subwoofers, reliable GPS, and audio-video, this store is the be-all, end-all.
6602 Convoy Ct San Diego, CA Automobile Body Shop Equipment & Supplies,Automobile Body Shop Equipment & Supply-Wholesale & Manufacturers,Auto Repair & Service,Automobile Body Repairing & Painting,Automobile Parts & Supplies
There are always a lot of gadgets and accessories you can buy for your car, with surging tech and social media advancements encouraging everyone to be connected at all times. Connectivity itself is an ever-changing new category that seems to require at least two, maybe four, chargers per vehicle. And this major online retailer definitely has all the connectivity devices anyone could need, plus beaucoup other add-ons for people who love to trick out their vehicles.
Whether you need a mobile desk with a place to prop an iPad, a dog hammock for Rover to travel in style, or a full suit of body armor for your vehicle, you will find it here.