As we've established before, the waiting room at your local auto shop or dealership is awful. Like a simple automotive prison sentence, though, you're generally forced to hang out while the mechanics wrench on your stricken vehicle. How refreshing would it be, though, if you could knock out another errand at the same time? Well, Superior Muffler and Precision Cuts in Orlando, FL understands the pain of its customers.

The innovative business offers a muffler repair shop and a barbershop, meaning both your and your car are free to get cleaned up.

"We cut hair. We cut tail pipes," the shop's owner, Alberto Ramos, told The Orlando Sentinel.

A master muffler installer, 44-year-old Ramos had a light-bulb moment a few years ago after his son suffered a hack job (on his head, not his car).

"It's only a waiting room," Ramos said, referring to his muffler shop, "why can't I turn this into a barber shop?" And with that, the unlikely new concept was born. The shop boasts four barber stools and their assorted supplies, while the other side of the building is home to the muffler business.

Check out the brief video below that profiles Ramos and his two-sided business. Scroll down and take a look.


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      Neez
      • 5 Months Ago
      I was out of town on business, and i found a laundrymat which also had a bar. I did my laundry and had some beer while i waited.
        Farmboy
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Neez
        Not uncommon to see bars near laundrymats. So I suppose it makes sense.
      BipDBo
      • 5 Months Ago
      When a new chain came into town called "Quaker Steak n' Lube", people were excited about the brilliance of a combined restaurant and oil change garage. Who wants to wait to get their oil changed? So they were flooded with calls of people wanting to make a reservation for both a family dinner and to change their oil. The problem was, it was just a car themed restaurant, no oil changes. Admittedly, it's a really cool restaurant, with car shows on Saturdays, and some awesome wings, but a lot of people, including myself, still wish they change oil.
      11fiveoh
      • 5 Months Ago
      I don't think i'd ever need a new exhaust and a haircut at the same time, but it's a good use of space.
      waetherman
      • 5 Months Ago
      I don't know if it's still true, but it used to be that Sears had automotive service centers in lots of malls. As terrible as these service centers were (are?) the nice thing was that you could wandershop/eat/see a movie while your car was being serviced. And it makes total sense; if your car is in the shop you can't really drive anywhere else so you're either going to bored out of your wits or be the captive audience to some retail establishment. Nowadays it seems all the auto service places are in remote locations surrounded by other auto service centers. At least that's what suburbia is like in my neck of the woods.
      The Wasp
      • 5 Months Ago
      I wonder if they do other services. It would seem like oil changes would make more sense than muffler repair since they are regular maintenance and muffler repair is needed much less frequently.
        Cruising
        • 5 Months Ago
        @The Wasp
        Haircuts every 3 months or 3000 miles, not a bad routine.
      CruzControl
      • 5 Months Ago
      Dope!
      Neez
      • 5 Months Ago
      I wish they would make an automotive service center with a playground for kids. It would make getting tires, inspection, and other stuff that takes several hours much easier to do as a parent.
      SquareFour
      • 5 Months Ago
      Not a bad idea...might as well rent out any unused space. Then again, it's only a genius move if it works. We have a library here that's full of assorted shops. It's more mall than library at this point. I also remember reading an article a few years ago about a mechanic or body shop/shooting range that was in the works, but I don't know if that ever came to fruition. In the little town of Thoreau, NM there was (could still be) a gas station/repair shop/laundromat/arcade/beauty salon/bank/post office/vid rental joint/on and on. Pretty sure it was the town hall too...hell, it was probably the town itself. Strangely, the bar was down the road off of I-40.
      Jared
      • 5 Months Ago
      Read this in the local section of the paper yesterday. Pretty cool
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