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.
While they specialize in Nissans, the mechanics at Maroone Nissan of Kendall know their way around all kinds of engines, performing all routine maintenance and more extensive repairs using factory-certified parts. Their expertise extends to customizing cars with entertainment doodads such as DVD players as well as with custom wheels. For those in need of a ride but not looking to buy, the dealership also rents cars, giving customers a choice of vehicles and leaving a mint on each hood. In this light, the dealership is conveniently located near the exit to Key West.
Martino Tire's ASE-certified technicians can install new tires, rotate existing tires and balance wheels, and perform a variety of other automotive services, such as brake repairs, oil changes, and realignments. Mantino Tire carries tires from brands such as Michelin, BFGoodrich, and Goodyear.
Specializing in the repair of high-end European roadsters, Prestige Auto Tech’s certified technicians treat buggies of all nationalities to engine-mending service and gentle hand washes at their international-friendly auto assembly. German sedans snuggle up next to American 4x4s as cars receive up to 5 quarts of fresh oil and a multipoint inspection that checks for signs of wear, tear, and spark-plug hoarding. Technicians pair services with a tire rotation ($15.95) to help to improve gas mileage and prolong the life cycle of the car's round rubber shoes, and their hand car washes ($15) scrub metal, glass, and rubber exteriors to a radiant shine. Prestige Auto Tech's services take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, or however long it takes for cars to cry "Uncle" by honking in Morse code.
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.