Many newcomers to the Outer Banks who are browsing the local restaurants, shops and area attractions online or in the local guide books notice an interesting addition to the standard address. Besides the typical business name, street name, street number and town, many local businesses also include a Milepost number. This may initially appear to be an odd notation to include, but on the Outer Banks, this is incredibly helpful to new visitors on the lookout for a specific restaurant or shop.
One of the newer auto parts stores on the Outer Banks, Car Quest is a locally-owned chain store that has what vehicle owners need to take care of anything from a motorcycle to a pickup truck to a SUV. Basic supplies like oil and transmission fluid can be found here, as well as summer needs like air conditioner kits and boosters, sun protection window tint, sun shades for windows and antifreeze/coolant for the radiator. The store stocks a good supply of car wash equipment and cleaners and waxes, too. Plus traveling road warriors can come here to find such necessities as trailer hitches and new batteries. Car Quest also custom makes high pressure hydraulic hoses and custom mixes vehicle paint colors. The store also carries some marine supplies for boaters.