For more than 15 years, Joe has built and expanded AutoTech the Alarm People from a basic car-alarm-installation outfit to a destination for customers seeking numerous vehicular upgrades. The shop still installs and sells alarms, but now also outfits trucks with accessories, tints windows, and boosts sound systems with brands such as Pioneer and Kenwood. Other enhancements include GPS navigation systems, rearview cameras, and radar detection.
Grease Monkeys' knowledgeable staffers equip athletes for street cruising with skateboard decks and bikes loaned out for relaxing tours. Patrons draw from a colorful cache of single-speed and multispeed Schwinn roadsters outfitted with various frames, gearing, and ejection seat options. Two-wheeled transports bear different numbers of tires and riders as they zoom by the swaying palm trees of nearby Bayside Marina and dinnertime destinations of the Bayside Marketplace. Whirring spokes screech to a halt before the awe-inspiring views and fish operas of Key Biscayne, located roughly an hour's worth of peddling from the store.
The ASE-certified and AAA-approved technicians at Superior Collision and Paintless Dent Repair solve automotive issues arising from collisions and general wear and tear, specializing in repairing dents and restoring headlights. The team is lead by head tech Yury Gitelman, an Miami auto-body stalwart for more than a decade who honed his skills in Chicago and Russia. Part of his mission is spreading the word about the safety hazards that can arise from old, cloudy headlights, such as diminished visibility, especially when driving in inclement weather or through a cornfield. He cites several studies that show dim headlights increase the risk of an accident, and says that Florida law requires drivers to have high-beam headlights that show objects 450 feet ahead. When repairing dents, the team gently fixes the metal back into place from the inside, eliminating the need for paint touchups.