Technicians at Clear Choice Glass secure glass craters measuring up to three inches, backing their deft workmanship with a lifetime warranty. During each individual repair, which last roughly 30-minutes, the techs stabilize window dings with adhesives that prevent the damage from growing into larger chips, turning into irreparable cracks, or spreading to nearby liberty bells. In-house staffers greet customers who travel to the facility, while customers within 40 miles can invite the mobile repairmen to their home, office, or the scene of the damage to ensure stable glass and restored visibility.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. The team of mechanics at Meineke Car Care Center of Fort Walton Beach performs an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
A family-run business, Destin Jeep Rentals outfits families, couples, and lone travelers with the wheels to traverse the scenic Gulf Coast. They rent out four-door Jeep Wranglers, letting drivers tackle the open road in closed-roof or convertible Jeeps. Daily and weekly rates are available.
Most great things have humble beginnings, and Express Oil Change & Tune-Up Clinic is no exception. In its 31-year history it grew to more than 170 locations across 10 states. Within these auto havens, ASE-certified vehicle-maintenance professionals slake engine thirsts with their signature 10-minute express full-service oil change and a menu of other automotive procedures. Techs swap out old oil for shiny, new oil and a new filter, followed by a thorough inspection of the engine and inner workings that ensures cars can run for miles and won’t fail during drag races through mall parking lots. Their service centers also perform general maintenance such as brake and AC service, and more advanced services such as radiator maintenance and computer diagnostics.
"It really is a BMXers heaven," boasts Bill Madden, founder of Emerald Coast Dirt and Vert. And he should know—he was a #1 NPSA Pro BMX biker and is an expert at building tracks and jumps. His passion helped shape the center's impressive dirt jumps and USA BMX–sanctioned track, which hosts weekly races. He also oversaw the construction of a 9,000-square-foot skate park, which encompasses a street course, challenging ramps, and extra-challenging loop-de-loops. The facility is constantly maintained for safety, and parents are always welcome to watch the action from provided chairs.