I've been happy with my inexpensive GC-2's from Sam's.
Make sure that the battery caps are compatible with the connection wiring. I found that the "ganged" caps couldn't be used because of clearance problems so I installed conventional individual bright yellow caps.
I use an app called Repeater Book. It lists all repeaters in order of distance from your phone. Another way is to purchase the ARRL repeater directory. I've made many contacts while traveling and stationary. I prefer 40 meters but that's another story.
I always look forward to staying at the Danbury CT Welcome Center on I-84 NB. It is so nice that I stay there on my return trip from Nova Scotia. There is 24 hour security, satellite friendly, water and a dump station there.
Another favorite is the Augusta ME Walmart.
I do all my own oil changes.
I know where ALL the grease fitting are.
I don't over fill the engine oil and I use OEM filters primed thru the inlet side.
Safety checks are made during servicing in my own garage.
Used oil is transported to be recycled.
I simply don't trust any facility to do the job properly.
Now that I'm 73, complete annual servicing takes me about 3 hours.
Aliments are not based off the tire but the wheel.
It would be helpful for the alignment technician to see the old tire
wear pattern if possible. I frequently take photos of items I need
to remember or show to others.
Don't forget to insure that the alignment tech checks the front
end and steering components for wear. He will also "center" the
Be sure to tell the alignment tech if there are any noises or wandering issues as he may want to increase the caster angle a little.