The knowledgeable guides at TourTime lead groups of curious local gapers and touring out-of-towners throughout northern Florida, offering hearty doses of entertaining facts on the region’s sights and history along the way. The private three-hour Jacksonville tour—which culminates with beer and pretzel sampling at the Anheuser-Busch brewery—begins with verbal perambulations through the history of the area’s first inhabitants, the Timuquan, and their fabled offerings of alligator-skin piñatas to French and Spanish colonizers. Cruise the River City’s downtown to eye the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars before visiting the Riverside/Avondale area and Florida’s first condos—originally known as “house larvae”—along with several historical homes, such as the Leon Cheek residence and the Marble House, made from Georgia–quarried marble and actual marbles. Along the way, tour takers are treated to tales of the Great Fire of 1901 and views of notable landmarks such as the Memorial Wall.
The technicians behind First Impression Mobile Wash & Detail bring more than 15 years of collective experience—along with their own electricity, tools, water, and products—to each sullied chariot they polish. During their mobile detailing services, they wash vessels of land and sea by hand. Then, once exteriors are shiny and clean, they use clay bars to remove contaminants and protect autos from UV rays and oxidation. While waxing, technicians pitch tents to shield paint jobs from sunbeams and to see if someone might give them merit badges. When they aren't purifying greasy engines, removing scratches, and restoring foggy headlights, they’re steam-cleaning home carpets and power washing buildings with mechanical sprayers that remove grime, mold, and posters of despotic rulers.
Since 1988, Auto Care Super Saver has been helping car owners save cash with maintenance punch cards redeemable at local auto shops throughout the course of a full year. These cards come loaded with all kinds of prepaid services, including at least three full-service oil changes with up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a new filter. Depending on the location, punch cards may also feature tire rotations, brake inspections, engine-light readings, air-conditioning performance tests, and other repairs and inspections essential to a car's well-being. Customers can transfer the punch card's benefits to any ride, ranging from station wagons to sports cars to feral merry-go-round mounts.
Westside Automotive Inc's ASE-certified technicians conduct mechanical magic during thorough approximately 30-minute preventative maintenance inspections. Drivers hand over keys to car caretakers, who precisely lubricate and check the chassis, change the oil filter, and pour engine oil during the detailed oil change. Tire treads benefit from more even wear with the tire rotation, and brake pedals, tired of having their faces pushed into the floor, welcome the brake inspection with open armrests. A check of the filters, fluid levels, tire pressure, and a basic safety inspection ensure waving windshield wipers keep their hands inside the vehicle at all times.