From modest beginnings in 1968, the family-owned-and-operated St. Lucie Battery & Tire has since expanded into a multilocation automotive empire where drivers can replace tires, revive batteries, and receive top-notch mechanical attention from ASE-certified technicians. A 45-minute lube, oil, and filter change drains the used sludge from assiduous engines and replenishes them with up to 5 quarts of fresh, premium-grade lubricant freshly milked by the oil-streaked hands of a gear maid. Meanwhile, they'll relieve a past-prime oil filter of its duty, making room for a resolute rookie who will more forcefully bar entry to rowdy or underage contaminants. To conclude engine pamperings, fluids are brought to the proper levels, tires are rotated, and 21-point safety inspection ensures that there are no obvious or dangerous flaws.
Road-weary cars emerge from CarPro Auto Spa of Stuart's full-service washes glowing and bereft of grime. During the Long Board car wash, cleaning agents lather atop exteriors while upward blasts of high-pressure water unravel underbody gunk, wheels and tires relinquish pre-chewed asphalt, and a power vacuum untangles birds’ nests made of old cassette tape. The Perfect Wave wash extends the suite of services with luster-blooming triple-shine protectants and clear-coat sealants before techs armor metals against oxidation with rust inhibitors and wipe down the dash and console. During the Big Kahuna wash, techs dress the interior, scrub jambs and cup holders, and apply weather-guard water repellents that repel precipitation or artillery from long-distance snowball fights.
Many young men follow in their father's footsteps, including Paradise Tire & Service’s mechanic Anthony. Inspired by his father Joe—an industry vet with nearly 50 years under his belt—Anthony became a mechanic himself. Now, with a seasoned service manager overseeing the garage and another ASE-certified mechanic on staff, the father-son duo repairs rides and maintains them with services such as oil changes, brake inspections, computerized engine analyses, and tire rotations. As the team works, guests can use the shop’s loaner cars, which, at midnight, turn back into pumpkins until the next mechanical service is needed.
Tilden Car Care began its life as a brake shop founded by Sydney G. Tilden in 1923. Nearly a century later, its staff still works on brakes, as well as cares for vehicles with a full spread of repair and maintenance services. The expert mechanics and technicians align tires, inspect vehicles for road safety, change oil, and thoroughly clear away dirt or barnacles clinging to the undercarriage. In addition, Tilden Car Care's professional detailing company Unique Auto Salon has been performing car detail work in South Florida for over 25 years.
Whether pedaling down a path or cruising the streets on one of many scooters, clients of Stuart Scoot Bike & Scooter Rentals explore the city on two—or occasionally three—wheels. They can even get pointers from the staff on what sights to see. And thanks to a fleet of bikes, including tandems, beach cruisers, and three-speeds, cyclists can cruise off into the sunset or pedal wildly toward shadows. Those with a yen for something motorized, meanwhile, can hop on one of five models of scooters available for rent by 4- and 24-hour time chunks.
With lube and service centers spread across America, Valvoline Instant Oil Change ensures that roads from coast to coast teem with automotive vigor. Certified technicians perform a roster of services, including drive-thru oil changes that allow motorists to arrive without an appointment and remain in their car while Valvoline oils forge a truce between metal parts.