Over the course of 34 years, the smiling staffers at Express Oil Change and Service Center have learned that customers just want their oil changed fast. Instead of selling extra parts out of an oversized trench coat, staffers work quickly and efficiently to give cars what they crave—quarts of thick, black oil in the blink of an eye without an appointment. Each procedure lasts approximately 10 minutes, during which mechanics will replace the vehicle's oil and inspect its innards for problems. The process is so quick that customers can even wait inside their own vehicles while it occurs, much like a drive-thru car wash or drive-thru dentist appointment.
Along with quick and efficient oil changes, Express Oil Change and Service Center tends to other automotive needs such as tire rotation and balance, brake inspection and service, fuel-system cleaning, engine diagnostic, and general repair.
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with the standard brake service including a lifetime warranty on parts, labor and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, factory maintenance services, batteries, belt replacement, and fluid services.
At Tuffy's, motor-vehicle caregivers spruce up patrons' horseless carriages and prepare them for a new season of dutiful service. After installing a new oil filter, auto artisans remove the old sludgy glop clogging the car's arterial system and replace it with up to five quarts of 5W-30 or 5W-20 conventional motor oil (a $31.99 value; diesel or synthetic oil costs extra). The staff will also rotate tires to prepare four-wheeled wonders for safe gliding (a $12 value) and perform an inspection to make sure air-conditioning systems are functioning properly to bring riders to the brink of coolness faster than Fonzie’s leather jacket ($9.99). Finally, a pair of fresh wiper blades (up to 22")—grown locally by organic-blade farmers—supplants worn-out window-rubbers ($22) and a specialist conducts an extensive 41-point maintenance inspection.
Pair-A-Dice's washes quickly sanitize cars of every size with the deft touch of a brushless, soft-cloth system. During each full-service session, technicians make vacuum noises while vacuuming the carpets, seats, and mats, then send the car hopscotching through the tunnel. As cars emerge bright and shiny on the other side, staffers touch up the windows, dust off the dash, and towel down the freshly cleaned exterior. The SuperSaver wash—which is founded on all the soft-cloth goodness of the full-service wash—affords dirty autos a few extra perks, such as a clear-coat sealant that emblazons the finish and a foam wax that wraps the car in a glossy ribbon, protecting it from pollution and dust bunnies crossing the road. Meanwhile, an underbody rinse and rust inhibitor treatment spruce up the chassis and a tire shine tackles puddle scum. To officially conclude the cleansing ritual, techs declare the car clean with a ceremonial air freshener.
With more than a dozen antique aircrafts on display, Kissimmee Air Museum chronicles the rich aviation history of Florida and the nation. While planes fly overhead, flight fans can flock to the northwest corner of Kissimmee Gateway Airport to ingest the on-site museum's incredible inventory of vintage fighters, educational exhibits, and any snacks hiding in their pockets. Current exhibit Air Power and Pearl Harbor traces the rise of air power before the famed 1941 attack, showcasing exclusive bird's-eye-view photographs taken by a Japanese bomber pilot. Visitors donning homemade bulletproof vests repurposed from homemade muscleman costumes can confidently peruse the museum's formidable World War II rifle collection, as well as its wide array of German Luftwaffe artifacts, including test equipment and literature.
Growing up in New York City, Vinny Rodriguez spent a lot of time jetting down the streets of Spanish Harlem on his dirt bike and ATV—joy rides that would foreshadow his future profession. Vinny eventually channeled his love of riding into a profession by completing his motorcycle mechanic's certification and opening Vinny's Garage. To this day it doesn't feel like a job to him. "This garage is more of my lifestyle than it is a business," he says, evincing an ethos that prioritizes making new riding buddies over making a quick buck.