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Best of Denton: Auto

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Best Auto Dealership

James Wood AutoPark

3906 South Interstate Highway 35E.


James Wood Autopark, the massive General Motors dealership with the big blue awnings on Interstate 35E south of Denton not only won the Best of Denton new auto dealership Best in Denton award, but also the Best of Denton pre-owned dealership.

Ross Ellis is the executive manager of the dealership that sells and services GM vehicles such as Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac. The business has been open in Denton for 25 years.

James Wood not only sells cars, it provides full services, including body work. It maintains a huge inventory of vehicles of all models.

"A family atmosphere" is what makes James Wood Autopark unique, Ellis says. He thinks residents voted for James Wood "because of our ease of doing business and our friendly staff."

He said the dealership is very honored to have been chosen Best of Denton. "It is a great feeling knowing your employees do such a great job taking care of people in our community."

Runner-up: Bill Utter Ford

Honorable Mention: Classic of Denton

Best Auto
Inspection/Oil Change

Kwik Kar

2303 W. University Drive

3507 E. University Drive

2233 Colorado Blvd.

26737 U.S. Highway 380

Owners Marta and Frank Dudowicz have spent the last 16 years making sure there is a Kwik Kar near every Denton resident. It is that commitment to being accessible to the community, and their unrivaled standards in service, that has landed Kwik Kar its fifth consecutive Best of Denton award.

With locations on the north, south and east, and on the Paloma Creek side of Aubrey, Kwik Kar is your ASE-certified neighborhood mechanic for everything from an oil change to brake repair, engine diagnostics, state inspections and battery replacements.

They handle all makes and models.

Kwik Kar was built on a foundation of trust, excellent customer service and high-quality vehicle care.

"We are so honored to be named as the best in our field of expertise," Marta Dudowicz said. "It is a true testament to our hard work and ongoing attention to the highest level of customer service. We are thankful for our customers and are so proud to do business in Denton."

Runner-up: North Texas Sticker Station

Honorable Mention: Sticker Station

Best Oil Change

Runner-up: James Wood Autopark

Honorable Mention: The Sticker Station

Best Auto

Tommy's Hi Tech Auto Repair

620 Fort Worth Dr.


When you've been in business for 26 years as one of Denton's most established auto repair facilities, you know you've gotten your hands dirty a time or two and have encountered just about every problem an automobile engine can create.

But that longtime experience of the team at Tommy's Hi Tech Auto is only part of the picture when it comes to explaining their success and honor of being named the best auto maintenance shop in Denton. As a family owned and operated business, Tommy's goes to great lengths to make sure they also treat all of their customers like family.

So if your car, truck or other vehicle needs repair or maybe just some regular maintenance, Tommy's Hi Tech Auto has proven itself as a place where you'll get friendly, courteous service and repair work that is done right the first time.

Runner-up: James Wood Autopark

Honorable Mention: Kwik Kar

Best Car Wash

The Wash Factory

1135 South Loop 288

1900 W. University


The Wash Factory, an automated car wash that lets customers choose what level of wash they'd like, is a cut above typical drive-through car washes.

Motorists can choose between the $3 "Original," a straightforward wash, rinse and dry; the $5 "A Little Extra," which tacks on a spot-free rinse, under-carriage rinse and wheel pre-soak; the $7 "Big Wheelie," which adds tire and wheel cleaning and shine. Customers who want the works can choose the aptly-named $10 "Everything" and $12 "Make it Shine."

The Wash Factory has two locations, one at 1135 South Loop 288 and another at 1900 W. University, and is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the summer and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in winter.

Runner-up: Blue Wave Laser Wash

Honorable Mention: Kwik Car

Best Paint and Body Shop

Caliber Collision

718 N. Elm St.


Winning Best of Denton is nothing new for Caliber Collision but they don't rest on past success, they continue to strive to be the best paint and body shop in Denton and voters are quick to recognize that.

Since 1998, Caliber Collision has provided the North Texas area with top-notch paint and body work. They provide a lifetime warranty on all repairs and their goal is to succeed in customer service.

"Our first priority is the customer and the service we provide them," center manager Kevin Elias says. "We are very honored that the people of Denton voted us Best of Denton."

Runner-up: James Wood Autopark

Honorable Mention: Color Customs of Denton

Best Towing and
Wrecker Service

B&O Towing

219 N. Locust Street


When you call a towing or wrecker service, it usually isn't the best moment of the day. Not only does B&O Towing know that, the family owned company makes a point to take it into consideration and lists customer service as its No. 1 priority when serving the customers of Denton.

The company was founded in 1957, so it has deep ties to the community, and it was purchased by Danny and Amy Byington in 1993. Now, they specialize in everything from towing and service calls to alignments, inspections and full automobile maintenance and repair.

Since they bought the company nearly 25 years ago, they have strived to serve all customers as their own family and try to make all customers' car issues better, and if nothing else, ease their stress.

Runner-up: Akers Towing

Honorable Mention: Ron's Wrecker Service