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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

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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 and his fiancé Rebecka are now the owners 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. Hopefully he made enough friends to avoid some speeding tickets since he is very happy to drive his dream car, a 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT.

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. The engaged couple just haven’t taken the time to get the piece of paper to make it official yet, as if their beautiful little girl didn’t do it already. The couple originally met when they were neighbors. Their fur babies, Pedro (a Dachshund) and Reese (Boston Terrier-Chihuahua) complete his family.

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.”

Temporarily Closed but Still Fixing Cars – Today!

We are temporarily closed while we clean up and renovate from the fire damage…. but we can still service your repair and maintenance needs!!!!!!!


Our team is still ready to fix your vehicle TODAY! We have relocated the team to our shop in Port Richey (Bayonet Point) at US19 and SR52 on the southeast corner, next door to CVS. Just a short 9 miles north of our usual location at Moog Road – worth the drive for the HOT DEALS!

As always, call Manager Nick at 727-844-3508. Shuttle service, rides, and drop-offs are available, and don’t forget to ask him for a Hot Fire Sale Deal and make the trip up to see us. We are here for you and WILL SAVE YOU MONEY!

Fire Damages Our Location

Fire Damages Local Auto Repair Shop

The Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair location at 3508 US Hwy 19 North (at the intersection of Moog Road) in New Port Richey sustained significant damage during a fire last night. 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 of the business 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.

 

Manager Nick Zammit said, “We are very thankful that the fire wasn’t more devastating and no one was hurt. It could have been so much worse. I wish I knew who called the fire department for us, I owe them a huge hug.” 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 shop is expected to be closed for at least a week, or at least until the power can be restored to the building. Zammit said, “The shop is fine, so we plan to be open as soon as we can. Even if I have set up a laptop and sit at a folding table inside the shop while the waiting room is rebuilt, we want to get back to work and serve our customers.” In the meantime, Zammit and his crew will work with the team at the Ice Cold Air location that is nine miles north at 11930 US Hwy 19 at SR 52 in Port Richey and offer shuttle service to their customers who need it.

 

The crew will be onsite today to complete enough work on customer’s cars that were inside the building during the fire to get them towed to the Ice Cold Air location that is nine miles north in Port Richey where the work can be completed for the customers.

Technician Joey: Daddy to baby boy Phoenix Ryder

Congratulations to Joey who is a technician at our 501 East Sligh Avenue Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair location in Tampa. He and his wife CJ proudly announce the arrival of the beautiful Phoenix Ryder born on 12/2 at 12:10pm weighing 8lbs. 12 oz. and 20″ long. Both mom and baby are doing great. We are thrilled to announce this wonderful addition to their and our Ice Cold Air family.joey-baby

Customer Appreciation BBQ

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New Location Opens Tuesday November 1st at 7:30am

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Stuff the Bus

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FREE OIL CHANGE & COURTESY CHECK!

(Oil Change up to 5 qts, standard weight oil-synthetic, high mileage, or special requests extra)

Don’t need an Oil Change now? NO PROBLEM!

How about a $20 Gift Certificate toward any Repair or Maintenance?

Donate $15 Worth of School Supplies!

WE ARE COLLECTING DONATIONS FOR STUFF THE BUS!

All great offers come with a catch! Here’s the deal: All you have to do is purchase new school supplies (worth $15 or more please), and donate them to our Stuff the Bus School Supplies Drive and we will give you a FREE OIL CHANGE or $20 Off Your Next Repair or Service. It’s that Simple!

Proceeds Benefit the

HURRY! Limited Time Offer on a FREE OIL CHANGE with Donations!!!

Donations accepted June 24th thru July 30th

Call for your appointment, as our schedule is sure to fill up.

11930 US 19, Port Richey

727-863-6105

**Offer Valid at Port Richey Location Only and oil change only by appointment

Donate School Supplies Receive Free Oil Change

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FREE OIL CHANGE!

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

FREE OIL CHANGE & COURTESY CHECK*
(Oil Change up to 5 qts, standard weight oil-synthetic, high mileage, or special requests extra)

Don’t need an Oil Change, NO PROBLEM…
How about a Gift Certificate toward any Repair or Maintenance?

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!

Donations Accepted Until August 5th!

*Offer Valid Only at

7901 W. Hillsborough Ave.

813-901-9842

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.*

Donate School Supplies Receive Free Oil Change

Donation Drive Logo

FREE OIL CHANGE!

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

FREE OIL CHANGE & COURTESY CHECK*
(Oil Change up to 5 qts, standard weight oil-synthetic, high mileage, or special requests extra)

Don’t need an Oil Change, NO PROBLEM…
How about a Gift Certificate toward any Repair or Maintenance?

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!

Donations Accepted Until August 5th!

*Offer Valid Only at

410 S. Dale Mabry

813-879-0600

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.*

Welcome to the Ice Cold Air Family Olivia Shea

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We are proud to introduce the beautiful Olivia Shea born on 6/2. Congratulations to Eric, technician at 501 E. Sligh Ave. in Tampa, on the newest addition to his family. He says that mom and baby are both doing great. We wish Eric and his family bountiful blessings and a lifetime filled with joy and love.

Free Brake Jobs for Food Donations May 9th – 21st, 2016

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The Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair shop at 1180 Court Street in Clearwater 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. The Clearwater location’s “Putting the Brakes on Hunger” campaign runs for two weeks, from Monday, May 9th through Saturday, May 21st, and is only valid at the Ice Cold Air 1180 Court Street location in Clearwater.

 
Our 501 East Sligh Avenue location in Tampa held the same campaign earlier this year and generated 885 pounds of non-perishable food donations. Sharon Folds, the franchise owner of the Court Street location in Clearwater said, “The Sligh Avenue shop’s campaign was a huge success. As soon as I heard the impact of that campaign, I wanted to do the same thing at our shop too,” making good on the company’s promise that if the campaign in Tampa was successful, they would host it at additional locations.

 
Customers are encouraged to make an appointment for their service and bring the non-perishable food donation with them when they drop of their vehicle for service. Donations are only being collected at the Court Street in Clearwater location. 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 727-461-5727, stop by the Court Street location, or can schedule an appointment on-line by visiting www.icecoldair.com.

 
According to Tina M. Denham, President of Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair, “we are very proud to support Feeding Tampa Bay. It is a privilege to help facilitate our customer’s support of a local charity that conducts challenging and important work making positive impacts in the lives our community.”

 
The auto repair franchise does several charitable donations for auto service promotions each year, some are company-wide, 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 over 40 years, and supporting worthy local charities is an excellent way for us to give back to the community and our customers for their support,” Denham said.

501 East Sligh Avenue Location in Tampa Collects Almost 1,000 Pounds of Food Donations Supporting Local Charity Feeding Tampa Bay

 

 

  

Our Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair location at 501 East Sligh Avenue in Tampa collected close to 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food donations from their customers during their four week “Putting the Brakes on Hunger” campaign that ended yesterday.  They gave away a free set of brake pads including the labor to install them, to anyone who brought in eight cans or boxes of non-perishable food.  Megan Carlson, Volunteer Services Manager from Feeding Tampa Bay confirmed the group donated more than 687 meals worth of food.

The first-time campaign was conceived by the shop’s manager Aaron Turner and this time was only valid at his Sligh Avenue location.  Turner contacted Jason Caballero and Mike Salazar at Advance Auto Parts at 901 E. Hillsborough asking for assistance in sponsoring the campaign.  Caballero and Salazar agreed to supply the parts for the campaign to help with costs.

Since the program was so successful at generating donations, the Pinellas-based auto repair franchise with 17 locations in five bay area counties said they are working with the various franchise owners to consider executing the program to additional franchise locations in the future.

Turner said, “our customers really came through. We didn’t know what to expect but thanks to them, the guys at Advance and our technicians Eric Casillas and Joey DeFreese, I think we really hit it out of the park.”

According to Tina M. Denham, President of Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair, “we are so proud to partner with Feeding Tampa Bay.  It is a privilege to help facilitate our customer’s support of a local charity that maintains a powerfully positive significance while conducting challenging important work and making positive impacts in the lives our community’s citizens and families.”

The auto repair franchise does several charitable donations for auto service promotions each year, some are company-wide (Toys for Tots for 10 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 over 40 years, and supporting worthy local charities is an excellent way for us to give back to the community and our customers for their support,” Denham said.

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Proud Supporters of the 17th Annual Chili Blaze!

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This is our fifth year sponsoring the annual Pinellas Park Firefighter’s ChiliBlaze benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy
Association on March 18th, 2016.

Pete Barrett, Franchise Owner of Shop 380 34th Street North in St. Pete and Larry Hudson an automotive technician at the same shop are excited to compete against 50+ Chili Teams to be named the 2016 Chili Grand Champion.

Chef Pete will cook up a big pot of his Delectable Deer Chili and Chef Larry’s Lip-Smacking Alligator Chili is always a huge hit with true chili connoisseurs.  “We just love the opportunity to support such a worthwhile cause. And Larry and I both really enjoy cooking our chili and competing against each other. Sure there’s a big overall winner but we count votes at our table and whoever wins has bragging rights for the next year,” Pete said.

The event is free and includes live entertainment, crafts and vendor displays, and fireworks to end the evening. Armbands are $10 to enjoy endless chili tastings.

Pinellas Park Firefighters host the event. The money collected from food, beer and armband sales is earmarked by the MDA to benefit local Tampa Bay kids living with Muscular Dystrophy sending them to summer camp, providing supplies and necessary medical equipment to their families and helping them achieve a higher quality of life.

Stop by our booth to say hi, try our chili and get special discount coupons only available at the event! More info at: www.chiliblaze.com

Toys for Tots is Here! Our 10th Year Supporting this Worthy Cause

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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 12th.

This is the tenth 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 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.