Grown from two small shops to 28 locations by the sweat equity of a hard-working father-and-son team, McGee Tire?s open-air bays now proudly display the cobalt and maize d?cor signifying their status as authorized Goodyear dealers. Skilled hands outfit hoisted cars with conventional and standard oil while computerized systems recalibrate tires, brake service secures stoppers, and transmission tune-ups correct gear-bound problems. At the core of full-scale commercial fleet services, a specialized shearography machine helped earn McGee Auto Service & Tire a mention on ]Modern Tire Dealer's](http://www.moderntiredealer.com/) list of Top 100 Retreaders in the U.S. Oversize vehicle service also caters to recreational drivers, with RV service including repairing electrical systems, recalibrating drive trains, and restocking the feedback of the horn's onboard bugler.
Whether toting elderly folks to the grocery store down the street or delivering a 15-person party to an airport on the other side of the state, Diplomat Airport Transportation, Inc. covers all conveyance needs with its fleet of taxis, limousines, and shuttles. Courteous on-call taxi drivers scoop up passengers 24 hours a day, while designated drivers transport bar-goers safely around town. Shuttles and mini buses also run all day and night by reservation, and can carry up to 15 people or 1 individual and 14 mannequins to any airport in Florida. For a glitzier ride, customers can reserve a luxurious limo—lined with fiber-optic lights, mirrored ceilings, and a stocked bar—or an executive sedan. Diplomat can also set up personal accounts for transporting elderly or handicapped patrons.
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with the standard brake service including a lifetime warranty on parts, labor and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, factory maintenance services, batteries, belt replacement, and fluid services.
Clear Sunset Car Wash disinfects automotive organs using a thorough touchless process. Each basic full-service wash consists of a classic exterior bath with a soft cloth that shines sullied sedans, followed by a spot-free rinse and volumizing blow-dry. A 10-step interior tidying completes the package by removing evidence of dirt, dust, mud-slinging, and campaign signs you've stolen. Meanwhile, road navigators that enlist the platinum service will safeguard their street schooner with an undercarriage wash and rust restrainer, clear-coat protectant, wheel cleaner, triple-foam polish, tire shine, and Simoniz double-bond Teflon car-care protection. Freshly bathed four-wheelers are then toweled off and read a politically correct bedtime story at no additional charge.
• For $25, you get a 90-minute sunset cruise for two (a $50 value). • For $30, you get a two-hour sightseeing cruise for two (a $60 value). Captain Mark’s Water Taxi glides along the glittering coasts of Cortez, Anna Maria Island, and Longboat Key, slipping past notable sights ranging from the arcs of leaping dolphins to the City Pier’s commerce-laden shores. Both tours shove off from Cortez Kitchen, where explorers can snag a bite before boarding the 26-foot Red Skyy, which ferries small groups of wayfarers through a backdrop etched with fishing boats, pelicans, and aquamarine waters. Ninety-minute sunset cruises slip past pods of feeding dolphins, staging ideal opportunities for photos and pitch-tuning vintage porpoise whistles. Cut a watery path toward Longboat Key during two-hour sightseeing tours, stopping intermittently for optional snacks at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, shopping excursions at Bradenton Beach City Pier, and searches for sand dollars with which to bribe crabby bartenders. All trips return explorers to the docks at Cortez Kitchen with their eyes full of seaworthy sights and their brains full of plans for flipper implants.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change package, which promotes the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car?it cools the motor and prevents moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube's savants perform air-filtration, battery, and transmission services, among others. The technicians' quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, only complete a service after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.