Best of Colorado 2017 – Transportation
Efficient and service-oriented, these businesses are moving you, your goods and services throughout the state and beyond
Transportation services may seem ordinary and unimpressive. But how reliant are we on getting ourselves, and our business' products and services from point A and point B in a speedy, logistically simple fashion. Here are Colorado's best businesses to help you get around.
BEST AUTO REPAIR
Keller Bros. Auto Repair doesn't just fix cars. It educates its customers so they can make informed decisions about the best care for their vehicles. The Littleton company has been around for more than 35 years. Its nine repair bays handle the servicing of all makes and models.
"Keller Brothers continues to be our go-to mechanic, and we recommend them to everyone we meet," said Littleton resident Alice Kreinbring.
Nearly a decade ago, the shop used an in-house software developer to consolidate its systems, processes and measuring strategies into one management system, now called the RPM Toolkit. Today, the shop is so revered in the industry that shop owners around the globe have implemented the RPM Toolkit.
BEST AUTO DEALERSHIP
Littleton-based AutoNation wants to take the stress out of buying a car. With more than 100,000 new and pre-owned cars, trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles, the Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM dealership is committed to putting its customers behind the wheel of the automobiles that suit their lifestyles. Its pre-owned vehicles are backed by a five-day, 250-mile money-back guarantee to ensure that its customers are happy with the car they choose. Don't like it? Take it back, no questions asked. There's also no haggling – the price you see is the price you pay.
BEST PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION
Uber continues to grow in the Denver-Boulder service area, and now the ride-share company is getting passengers to share even more. Earlier this year, Uber launched uberPOOL, which enables people who are going to the same place to share a ride. There is also uberSKI, which allows passengers to get to the base of the mountain with their ski or snowboard gear, available in Summit and Eagle counties.
You might not get to reserve your seat, but there are so many other perks Southwest Airlines offers that it's easy to see why it's Colorado's favorite airline. You get two free checked bags, and there's no charge to change or cancel your flight. It's also one of the most economical airlines flying these days, and it has an on-time record that's above the national average of 80 percent. And the best part? Five bucks will get you a can of Fat Tire.
BEST PRIVATE JET SERVICE
Founded in 2007, XJet is a private aviation company providing luxury service to private aircraft owners and users. Headquartered at Dubai South, XJet provides its service at Centennial Airport, the second busiest general aviation airport in the United States. Recently XJet introduced an exclusive membership tier with the limited Silver Lining program, which extends member benefits such as concierge and AutoSpa services, plus Seven Star Service to travelers who fly charter. XJet's Centennial location is 70,000 square feet, featuring two 25,000 square foot hangers and the AutoSpa. The company plans to remodel the lobby later this spring in anticipation of its 10-year anniversary celebration.