Technicians at Jimmie's Towing & Recovery bolster automobile performance during 30-minute oil-change packages. Tools in hand, the deft mechanics coax spent oil from the car and replace it with up to 5 quarts of clean fluid, which slickens the engine and keeps it entertained with the sound of lubrication. After completing the oil job, technicians shuffle tires during a rotation in order to equalize tread wear, prolong tire life, and stimulate smoother driving. Before sending four-wheelers down the road for another around-the-world jaunt, the techs check brakes to confirm safe stopping power in case of spontaneous traffic jams.
In business since 1969, Ice Cold Air pioneered automotive air conditioning in the Florida area and today provides repair and maintenance services at more than a dozen locations across central Florida. In addition to comprehensive car care, the staff at each facility is committed to providing superior customer service, a fact that is evident from a 97.3% customer-satisfaction rating based on customer-submitted surveys. The team achieves this rating by going above and beyond friendly service, offering intermittently scheduled seminars on vehicular maintenance, free AC and brake checks, and, at some locations, the opportunity for customers to provide their own car parts and gremlin-repellant air fresheners.
Owned by experienced auto repairman Randy Meyers, Honka Automotive relieves roadsters of conundrums caused by curmudgeonly oil and impure oil filters. Drop off a compromised cruiser or a plagued pickup for a comprehensive oil change, which purges oil reservoirs of world-worn pomades and tops off tanks with up to 5 quarts of a fresh-faced premium bulk blend. After swapping sedan syrups, a system surgeon will substitute the car's old colander for a new filter not yet corrupted by engine grease or coffee grounds. Next, talented technicians will examine the vehicle from bumper to bumper to diagnose any safety concerns, discover maintenance issues, and locate hard-to-find on-off switches. Over the course of 12 months, change a car’s motor oil up to three times, or get one oil change for three different cars.
When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Atop bicycles and surreys built for solo riders or entire families, patrons embark on self-guided tours of major U.S. cities. Led by maps and lists of nearby sites of historical or cultural significance, riders zoom down bike paths and safe, lightly trafficked streets. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
Autoway Lincoln of Clearwater commands a vast inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles that are searchable according to body style, price range, and fuel efficiency. Customers can employ a handy research tool to sift through the wealth of choices and arrive at the MKZ or Navigator that best suits their needs. The auto center also operates a full-scale service and parts center for all manner of vehicles with online scheduling and part requests. Factory-trained technicians also work with vehicle owners to personalize cars with custom wheels, DVD players, or His and Hers steering wheels.
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 décor 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 Top 100 Retreaders in the U.S. list. 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.