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COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR OUR CUSTOMERS

At Ice Cold Air® Discount Auto Repair we strive to remain your trusted neighborhood auto repair shop. We remain committed to saving you money while providing you superior automobile service and repair.

We have now taken a number of measures to help ensure your health and safety:

Implementing hand washing protocols as outlined by the CDC, with a focus on washing between each customer interaction.
Steering wheel covers, where available, will be used on all vehicles entering the shop.
Disinfection practices and/or Hand Sanitizer where available, will be used in all shops.
Disposable Nitrile gloves will be used by Managers and Technicians as needed.
Sick Employees will not be allowed in the workplace.
If YOU are sick but need a car repair, participating shops will tow your vehicle at no extra charge. (Call your local shop first to arrange this.)

Please know that, as always, your comfort and safety are our top priority. We remain here to serve you well- top notch service at the best prices.

We will do our best to continue this, and if you have additional concerns you should refer to the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Sincerely,
Ice Cold Air ® Discount Auto Repairs
(800) 838-2653

Dale Mabry Location Now Services Vehicles Using 1234yf

We are thrilled to announce we can now service newer vehicles that utilize HFO-1234yf refrigerants. This product is becoming more popular and can be found in many new vehicles starting as early as 2014 models. As of 2018, 50% of new vehicles from “original equipment manufacturers” (OEMs) are estimated to use HFO-1234yf.
We are the AC Experts in the Tampa and we have the equipment to service these vehicles! PLUS, in most cases, we can SAVE YOU hundreds of dollars on recharging your system over the dealership. Call us to find out just how much money we can save you! 813-879-0600.
HFO-1234yf is the first in a new class of refrigerants with a global warming potential rating 335 times less than R-134a and an atmospheric lifetime of about 400 times shorter. HFO-1234yf has a global warming potential of less than 1, compared to 1,430 for R-134a. Carbon dioxide’s global warming potential is exactly 1. This colorless gas is being used as a replacement for R-134a as a refrigerant in newer model automobile air conditioners.

Sligh Ave. Location’s 5th Annual Putting the Brakes on Hunger Campaign to Support Feeding Tampa Bay

We are proud to announce our Ice Cold Air® Discount Auto Repair shop at 501 East Sligh Avenue in Tampa is giving away one free set of brake pads, including the labor to install them, to customers who bring in eight cans or boxes of non-perishable food. This will be the shop’s fifth annual “Putting the Brakes on Hunger” campaign which runs from Monday, February 17th through Saturday, March 14th and is only valid at the Sligh Avenue location.
Since 2016, the shop has collected over 3,100 pounds of food donations. The auto shop partners with Advance Auto Parts at 901 E Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa who donates the brake pads used for the campaign.
“We are very proud to partner again with Feeding Tampa Bay. It is a privilege to help assist our customer’s support of a local charity that conducts challenging important work and creates positive impacts in the lives our community’s citizens and families,” said Aaron Turner, the franchise owner of the Sligh Avenue location. “Food bank donations are really important right now and our team is excited for the chance to make a big difference with this year’s campaign.”
Customers are strongly encouraged to make an appointment for their service and bring the non-perishable food donation with them when they drop off their vehicle for service. The donations will only be accepted between February 17th and March 14th at the Tampa location on Sligh Ave. The food must be new, non-perishable food items; no homemade or unlabeled donations can be accepted. Those interested in taking advantage of the promotion should call 813-231-0211, stop by the Sligh Avenue location, or can schedule an appointment on-line by visiting www.icecoldair.com/appointment-request.
Our 17 locations are located in five Bay-area counties and we all do several charitable donations for auto service promotions each year, some are company-wide (i.e: Toys for Tots for 14 years), while other promotions are shop specific. Each location’s franchise owner is encouraged to support the charities that they hold close to their heart or support neighborhoods located near their shops. Our customers and community have been very good to us for 50 years, and supporting worthy local charities is an excellent way for us to give back to the community and our customers for their support.

Clearwater Location Now Services 1234yf Vehicles

We are thrilled to announce we can now service newer vehicles that utilize HFO-1234yf refrigerants. This product is becoming more popular and can be found in many new vehicles starting as early as 2014 models. As of 2018, 50% of new vehicles from “original equipment manufacturers” (OEMs) are estimated to use HFO-1234yf.
We are the AC Experts in the Clearwater and we have the equipment to service these vehicles! PLUS, in most cases, we can SAVE YOU hundreds of dollars on recharging your system over the dealership. Call us to find out just how much money we can save you! 727-461-5727.
HFO-1234yf is the first in a new class of refrigerants with a global warming potential rating 335 times less than R-134a and an atmospheric lifetime of about 400 times shorter. HFO-1234yf has a global warming potential of less than 1, compared to 1,430 for R-134a. Carbon dioxide’s global warming potential is exactly 1. This colorless gas is being used as a replacement for R-134a as a refrigerant in newer model automobile air conditioners.

Pinellas Park Location Becomes Latest Ice Cold Air to Offer 1234yf!

We are thrilled to announce we can now service newer vehicles that utilize HFO-1234yf refrigerants. This product is becoming more popular and can be found in many new vehicles starting as early as 2014 models. As of 2018, 50% of new vehicles from “original equipment manufacturers” (OEMs) are estimated to use HFO-1234yf.
We are the AC Experts in the Pinellas Park and we have the equipment to service these vehicles! PLUS, in most cases, we can SAVE YOU hundreds of dollars on recharging your system over the dealership. Call us to find out just how much money we can save you! 727-545-1107.
HFO-1234yf is the first in a new class of refrigerants with a global warming potential rating 335 times less than R-134a and an atmospheric lifetime of about 400 times shorter. HFO-1234yf has a global warming potential of less than 1, compared to 1,430 for R-134a. Carbon dioxide’s global warming potential is exactly 1. This colorless gas is being used as a replacement for R-134a as a refrigerant in newer model automobile air conditioners.

Our 14th Year! FREE Oil Changes for Toys to Support Marine’s Toys for Tots Program

Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair is giving away a free oil-change including a tire rotation to any customer who brings in a new, unwrapped toy for the Marines’ “Toys for Tots” program from now until December 14th. This is the Pinellas-based auto repair franchise’s 14th year giving away oil changes to those who donate toys. Customers have the option of trading the new toy for an oil change and tire rotation on the spot or exchanging the toy for a voucher for a free future oil change and tire rotation or $20 off any service. There are 17 Ice Cold Air locations throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. “We are very proud to join the Marines and their exceptional program for our 14th year. It is an honor to help facilitate our customer’s support and making positive impacts in the lives of children in our community,” said Tina M. Denham, President of Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair. “Our customers and community have been very good to us for over 40 years, and acting as a drop off location for Toys for Tots is an excellent way for us to give back to the community and our customers for their support.” Over the years, it is estimated that Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair customers have donated 24,000 toys. This year Denham says they aspire to donate over 3000 more, “our loyal customers have a proven history, and I know they are eager to support the program again this year. We are asking for even more community members to take advantage of this offer and help us meet our goal.” The toys should be of similar value, in the original packaging and unwrapped. Donations will be accepted at almost all of the 17 Ice Cold Air locations. Those interested in taking advantage of the promotion should call or stop by their local Ice Cold Air location to ensure participation. Visit www.icecoldair.com for a list of locations. # # #

As Featured in the November 2019 issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine

We are very proud to be featured in this month’s issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.  Franchise owner of our 410 South Dale Mabry location in Tampa, Ashley Butler and her team discuss how and why they decided to do something uplifting with their reader board sign at:  https://issuu.com/tampabayparentingmagazine/docs/nov_2019_forweb/25 

We very sincerely appreciate Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine for highlighting our team’s efforts to give back to our community.

Dale Mabry Location to Host FREE Car Care Clinic

The Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair location at 410 S. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa announced they will be hosting a FREE Car Care Clinic on Saturday November 9th from 11am- 1:00pm.  The two-hour seminar will be full of helpful information and useful tips and tricks for every type of driver: new drivers, men and women, seniors, anyone interested in learning more about their automobile from the experts: how functions of the vehicle works, how to avoid and identify problems or issues, and how to save time and money at your next visit to an auto repair shop. They will also have food, games, and prizes to make the event lots of fun.

Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toy for Tots.  November is when we kick off our Toys for Tots collection drive, so anyone who donates a toy will receive a voucher for a FREE Oil Change.  If you, or someone you know, wants to learn more about the second largest investment most make in their lifetimes for free, don’t miss this event! Space is limited to please call us today at 813-879-0600 to RSVP to this exclusive event.

Full of Informational & Helpful Topics for Every Type of Driver

  • 10 things everyone must know before having their car repaired
  • “How you can be 100% sure you’re not being ripped off”
  • “The important questions you must ask any automotive repair facility before you set up an appointment”
  • “What maintenance items are really important and what is just fluff?”

FREE Food               FREE Raffle Prizes            FREE Goodie Bags              FREE Discount Coupons

But there is a catch! We are collecting for Toys for Tots during November, so we are asking all attendees to bring a new unwrapped toy to the clinic as admission.  Call 813-879-0600 or sign up on our Facebook event page. 

Limited Seating Available! Register Today!

Ice Cold Air in Countryside/Clearwater now offers 1234yf

We are thrilled to announce we can now service newer vehicles that utilize HFO-1234yf refrigerants. This product is becoming more popular and can be found in many new vehicles starting as early as 2014 models. As of 2018, 50% of new vehicles from “original equipment manufacturers” (OEMs) are estimated to use HFO-1234yf.
We are the AC Experts in the Countryside/Clearwater area and we have the equipment to service these vehicles! PLUS, in most cases, we can SAVE YOU hundreds of dollars on recharging your system over the dealership. Call us to find out just how much money we can save you! 727-726-1443.
HFO-1234yf is the first in a new class of refrigerants with a global warming potential rating 335 times less than R-134a and an atmospheric lifetime of about 400 times shorter. HFO-1234yf has a global warming potential of less than 1, compared to 1,430 for R-134a. Carbon dioxide’s global warming potential is exactly 1. This colorless gas is being used as a replacement for R-134a as a refrigerant in newer model automobile air conditioners.

As featured on Tampa’s 28 Action News

Action News Channel 28 highlighted the School Supply Drive at our Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair location at 410 South Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. They are collecting school supply donations for children in exchange for a free oil change. Individuals who donate at least $15 in new school supplies will be given a free oil change or a gift certificate towards any repair or service at the shop.

See their coverage here:

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-hillsborough/receive-a-free-oil-change-or-car-repair-discount-by-donating-school-supplies

This is the ninth year this shop is collecting and distributing school supplies to local youth. Franchise owner and Tampa native, Ashley Butler said, “I can’t wait for summer time because this promotion is one of the brightest times of the year for us. We are thrilled to have an opportunity to encourage people to donate critical school supplies needed by our local schools and students. I feel that any donation that can help a child learn is a worthy investment.”

Customers are strongly encouraged to make an appointment for their service and bring the school supplies with them when they drop off their vehicle for service. The donations will only be accepted between July 15th and August 10th at the Tampa location on Dale Mabry Highway. The items must be new; used donations will not be accepted. Those interested in taking advantage of the promotion should call 813-879-0600, stop by the Dale Mabry location, or can schedule an appointment on-line by visiting www.icecoldair.com.

Over the years Butler and her team have collected truckloads of boxes full of supplies. The team selects several schools in their community with students in need and distributes the donations provided by their generous customers.

 

FREE Oil Change when you donate Back to School Supplies

 

FREE OIL CHANGES FOR KIDS!

Don’t Adjust your Glasses…you read it correctly…

FREE OIL CHANGE & COURTESY CHECK (Free Oil Change includes up to 5 qts, standard weight, semi-synthetic oil, new standard filter, and 27 point vehicle inspection. Premium filters, additional oil, high mileage, specialty oil or full synthetic oil extra)

Don’t need an Oil Change, NO PROBLEM… How about a Gift Certificate toward any Repair or Maintenance? Donations Accepted Until August 10th!

BUT, Here’s THE CATCH…

WE ARE COLLECTING DONATIONS FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR LOCAL CHILDREN IN NEED!

All you have to do is go to a local store, purchase new school supplies (worth $15 or more please), and donate them to our School Supplies Drive and we will give you a FREE OIL CHANGE. It’s that Simple!

But, hurry this is a LIMITED TIME OFFER!

410 S. Dale Mabry 813-879-0600 *Offer only valid at S. Dale Mabry location. Call for your appointment, as our schedule is sure to fill up. Because it is such a great deal, this offer is only available by appointment.*

Join Us and Show Your Support ..and TELL YOUR FRIENDS! click HERE to print a Flyer

Manager Becomes Newest Franchise Owner

Dennis McBride is now the new Franchise Owner of the Ice Cold Air® Discount Auto Repair at 1180 Court Street location near Downtown Clearwater.

Dennis is a familiar face to many Ice Cold Air customers, not just in Clearwater but throughout Pinellas County. He has served thousands of Ice Cold Air customers at several different locations in his 10 year history of working for the franchise.

He is excited to finally promote himself to a franchise owner. “I’ve been thinking about becoming an owner for a while now; I just wanted it to be the right shop. I think this is one of the best locations in the company; it is certainly one with the longest history of serving our loyal customers.”

Dennis has been in the automotive service industry for 26 years. He was born in Jersey City, NJ and moved to Florida in 1992. He and his wife, Amanda, have three children. Dennis enjoys spending his Sunday Funday free time with his family on their boat, island hopping, fishing (especially scalloping and stone crabbing), kneeboarding, tubing and cruising up and down the Intracoastal Waterway. He is an avid boater and has served in the Coast Guard Auxiliary since 2015.

Service Manager Becomes Shop Owner

Chris Anderson was announced as the newest franchise owner of the Ice Cold Air® shop at 1406 North 4th Street, near beautiful Downtown St. Petersburg (DTSP). Anderson is a familiar face to the loyal customers of his neighborhood’s shop; he has served as the Manager at the location since last year. Chris moved to St. Pete in 2009 and usually walks or bikes to work. “I walk and bike everywhere: work, the grocery store. It’s funny right? I am a mechanic that rides his bike everywhere.” But Anderson also has 30 years of experience in the automotive industry. He started vacuuming cars at a quick lube and worked his way up to managing dozens of locations in multiple states.

Born and raised in West Islip, Long Island, in 2003 Chris came to Florida on vacation and fell in love with the area. He returned home, sold his house and immediately moved down to the Tampa Bay area. He says when he later moved to DTSP, “that was when I knew I was where I wanted to be. I just love this city. It’s beautiful, fun, full of great people,” Anderson said. He adds, “it’s a great place to search for happiness and that’s what I enjoy doing.”

Anderson is looking forward to making the shop a family business later this year. His 19-year-old son, Chris Jr., graduates from Fivay High School in Hudson. “He loves cars and already has some experience as a lube-technician. We have a great team for him to apprentice under. I can’t wait for the opportunity to work together.”

Our 13th Year! Free Oil Change for Toys to Support the Marine’s Toys for Tots

Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair is giving away a free oil-change including a tire rotation to any customer who brings in a new, unwrapped toy for the Marines’ “Toys for Tots” program from now until December 15th. This is the Pinellas-based auto repair franchise’s 13th year giving away oil changes to those who donate toys. Customers have the option of trading the new toy for an oil change and tire rotation on the spot or exchanging the toy for a voucher for a free future oil change and tire rotation or $20 off any service.  There are 17 Ice Cold Air locations throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.

“We are very proud to join the Marines and their exceptional program for our 13th year. It is an honor to help facilitate our customer’s support and making positive impacts in the lives of children in our community,” said Tina M. Denham, President of Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair. “Our customers and community have been very good to us for over 40 years, and acting as a drop off location for Toys for Tots is an excellent way for us to give back to the community and our customers for their support.”

Over the years, it is estimated that Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair customers have donated 20,000 toys. This year Denham says they aspire to donate over 2000 more, “our loyal customers have a proven history, and I know they are eager to support the program again this year. We are asking for even more community members to take advantage of this offer and help us meet our goal.”

The toys should be of similar value, in the original packaging and unwrapped.  Donations will be accepted at almost all of the 17 Ice Cold Air locations.  Those interested in taking advantage of the promotion should call or stop by their local Ice Cold Air location to ensure participation. Visit www.icecoldair.com for a list of locations.

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Manager Promotes Himself to Owner by Buying Franchise

We are proud to announce the manager of our 7901 W. Hillsborough Ave. in Tampa, Cas Betancourt with his wife Nancy, are now the new owners of the franchise location. Cas was hired as the shop’s manager in January 2018. Now just five months later, he and his wife Nancy purchased the franchise and officially become the shop’s owners on Friday, June 1st.

Nancy (a job placement specialist from Massachusetts) and Cas were married in 2015 and together have five grown children. They recently moved to Florida even though Cas considers himself a true Florida transplant after moving here almost 20 years ago. Several years ago, he returned home to Connecticut to care for his late mother and it was during that time he and Nancy connected using the online dating site Match.com. Cas drove back and forth from CT to MA just to date her. During their honeymoon in Florida, Cas convinced Nancy to move here for the warmer weather.

Cas has almost 25 years in the automotive industry. He started as a car salesman before moving into the service department. “I’ve always loved cars,” Cas said but spend a little time with him and you’ll discover what he really enjoys is helping people.

He and his friends and family are actively involved in assisting the handicapped and homeless providing food, clothing and companionship.

Crystal River Location Gets New Owner with the Same Friendly Face

We are thrilled to announce that on Tuesday, May 1st Rick Campbell, a longtime manager will go from employee to owner of the Ice Cold Air® Discount Auto Repair at 730 NE 5th Street (Hwy 44) in Crystal River.

Rick became the manager of our Crystal River location in November 2013 and originally was not interested in becoming the owner of the business. But year after year his loyal band of customers grew and he started to see the opportunity all around him.

Rick has a lot of experience in the automotive repair industry. In fact, his family’s history in automotive goes all the way back to 1929! Rick has been a part of it for almost 35 years now. He has managed as many as 243 locations at once; several years ago he owned six of his own shops in Hernando & Citrus Counties that had his name on the building. However, life circumstances changed and he took an opportunity to recharge and refocus his energy on raising (at the time was) his young son and being a new granddad to his oldest’s new baby. He now has two grandkids and his youngest is almost a teenager.

The enthusiasm of his customers is what changed his mind about ownership. “When you have such great customers, it becomes an easier decision to make. Being an owner of multiple locations not only takes you in multiple directions at once but it also makes you busy managing logistics, issues and employees. I love the idea of owning this one shop and running this one shop. Because obviously you have a lot less of those things and you still have to manage them but, you’re not too busy to build relationships with the customers.”

 

 

New Port Richey Location Re-opens After Small but Destructive Fire

Our New Port Richey location at 3508 US Hwy 19 North (at the intersection of Moog Road) sustained significant damage during a fire in June of 2017. A good Samaritan called authorities after seeing light smoke billowing from the building. Thanks to that call and a quick response from Pasco County Fire Department, damage was confined to the office area and did not reach the shop area that contains highly flammable materials like welders and oil. No customer’s cars were damaged. A short in a power strip underneath the service desk is the expected cause of the fire.

According to one firefighter on the scene, the business was very lucky, “when we rolled up, you could barely see any smoke outside. Whoever called was really paying attention.”

The fire wreaked enough havoc that the building required major renovations, including completely overhauling the buildings electrical system and of course replacing the office’s interior.

“We have been eager to reopen to serve our customers but when going through county permitting and inspections, you have to be patient. We are thrilled with how the renovations came out and are open for business and ready to serve our community,” said Operations Manager Ken Laham.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our 12th Year Supporting Toys for Tots by Giving Away FREE Oil Changes for Toy Donations

Toys for Tots 2013

Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair, a Pinellas-based auto repair franchise with 17 bay area locations, is trading free oil changes and tire rotations or $20 in auto repair service to any customer who brings in a new, unwrapped toy for the Marines’ “Toys for Tots” program until December 16th.

This is the twelfth year we have joined with the Marines and their worthwhile program, and we are very excited our support makes a positive impact in the lives of children. Our customers are eager to support the program again this year, and we hope more people will take advantage of this offer. We are really trying to reach out to the community to double our toy donations from last year. Customers have the option of trading the new toy for an oil change and tire rotation on the spot or exchanging the toy for a voucher for a free future oil change and tire rotation or $20 off any service. Our customers and community have been very good to us, and acting as a drop off location for Toys for Tots is an excellent way for us to give back to the community and our customers for their support.

The donations will be accepted at almost all of our 17 Ice Cold Air locations. The toys must be of similar value, new, in the original packaging and unwrapped. Those interested in taking advantage of the promotion should call or stop by their local Ice Cold Air location. Visit www.icecoldair.com/locations for a list of locations.

Manager Buys His Shop’s Franchise and Goes into Business for Himself, not by Himself

Seven months after joining the Ice Cold Air® family as a manager, Nick Zammit is now the owner of the Port Richey location (11930 US Hwy 19N @ SR 52).

Nick has always loved cars, especially fast cars and racing, so it’s no surprise he ended up in the auto industry. He has made cars his living for 13 years now.  He originally graduated from the Police Academy and was a sworn officer for six months but didn’t care for the job.  “I wanted to help people but it wasn’t for me. Now I help people everyday and they’re  always happy their car is fixed. Not everyone was happy when I was a cop trying to help them.”

Originally born in Buffalo, Nick moved to the Clearwater area in 1994 and graduated from Dunedin High School.

He likes spending his free time with his family and his fur babies, Pedro (a Dachshund) and Reese (Boston Terrier-Chihuahua) and his daughter who he says, “is the light of my life.”

Familiar yet New Owner at Old Seminole Heights Auto Repair Shop

Tampa, Fla. – (7/31/2017) – Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair, a Largo-based auto repair franchise with 18 locations throughout the Tampa Bay area, introduced Aaron and Jessica Turner as the new franchise owners at the 501 East Sligh Avenue location in Tampa. Loyal customers from the shop’s beginning in 2003 will likely not even notice a difference, the husband half of the new owner team has served as the shop’s manager since 2015. The Turners purchased the franchise and it officially becomes the family business on Monday, July 31st.

Owning an auto repair shop had always been a dream for Turner and a career he was born to do. His dad owned an auto repair shop when he was a kid growing up in Hamilton, OH and has fond childhood memories about the time with his dad. Turner has served in various roles within the automotive service industry for almost 20 years now.

Aaron’s wife Jessica decided to let him keep his position manning the service counter. She said, “It’s what is best for our customers, since they know him.” Aaron laughed and added, “We are actually very proud to set an example for our children. I can’t think of a more important lesson for my children than the value of serving others and I’m very excited for the opportunity to teach my own children that lesson, the same way my dad taught me.”

Together the Turners have five children. “The oldest is leaving for college this fall; hopefully our youngest will be graduating from diapers soon,” Turner said.

Serving others has always been important to Turner. He established the shop’s very successful Putting the Brakes on Hunger Food Drive Campaign that has collected over 1800 pounds of food for Feeding Tampa Bay in the past two years. The springtime program encourages customers to donate several cans or boxes of food to Feeding America Tampa Bay in order to receive a free brake job, including labor, in exchange for their donation.

The Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair franchise has a history of turning former shop employees into successful entrepreneurs and business owners. Company president, Tina Denham said, “Aaron is now our third franchise owner who started with us as manager or technician.”