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Ice Cold Air Announces 7th Annual Free Oil Changes to Support Marines’ “Toys for Tots”

 

Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair, a Pinellas-based auto repair franchise with 16 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 10th.

This is the seventh 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 all 16 Ice Cold Air locations. The toys must be in the original packaging and unwrapped. Those wanting to take advantage of this special should call or stop by any Ice Cold Air location. Visit http://www.icecoldair.com/locations for a list of locations.

42″ LED Flat Screen TV Referral Contest at Shop 380 in St. Pete

 

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We See Clearly How Much Your Business Means To Us!

YOU receive $20 OFF your next visit for every new customer you refer

…AND…YOU are entered into our referral contest

New Customers receive also $20 OFF their first visit

The person with the most referrals wins the

GRAND PRIZE: 42’’ LED Flat Screen Television 

2nd Prize: Blu Ray Player

3rd Prize: Car Care Club Card

Click Image Below for ALL of the details and to print the flyer

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Contest runs from October 1st to October 31st. Winners Announced November 3rd. [Need not be present to win.]

Offer only valid at:

 380 34th Street North (US 19), St. Petersburg, Florida, 33713

727-328-0303

 

Aug 4: Back to School Donation Drive & Event-Huge Success!

Throughout the month of July, Ashley Butler and her team offered FREE Oil Changes for donating school supplies. All customer had to do was go to a local store, purchase new school supplies, and donate them to our School Supplies Drive and we gave them a FREE Oil Change. We had a wonderful response from our generous customers and exceeded our goal of stuffing  100 Back Packs with customers donations. These stuffed Back Packs were given to local community children and children from The Spring* on August 4th at our Back to School Bash. Everyone enjoyed a day of food, face painting, shaved ice, and sunshine. Thank you for making this event a huge success and allowing us to give back to the community. Check out the photos below!

*The Spring is Hillsborough County’s only certified Domestic Violence Prevention and Emergency Shelter

                       

 

   

 

      

 

      

 

       

 

       

 

                         

The “Unrestricted Rap Sessions” are Now Online!

“Unrestricted Rap Sessions” are video testimonials from REAL Ice Cold Air customers right on location. These customers were asked about their experience with Ice Cold Air, the good, the bad, and of course the ugly.

 

Check Out the Latest “Unrestricted Rap Session” on our YouTube Channel – Shop Location 410 S. Dale Mabry, Tampa

Take a look at these three from the Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair located at 410 S. Dale Mabry, Tampa. This location is independently owned and operated by Cars & Families, Inc. (Ashley Butler).

Thank you to Mariella Queredo, Tommy Pate and Allyson Winkles for taking the time to go on camera with S.E. Day.

Click HERE to go to the Video on our YouTube Channel

 

 

Check Out the Latest “Unrestricted Rap Session” on our YouTube Channel – Shop Location 1406 4th St. N St. Petersburg

Take a look at these three from the Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair located at 1406 4th Street N, Saint Petersburg. This location is independently owned and operated by Smith Automotive, Inc. (Paul Smith).

Thank you to TC Long, Walter Harry, and Delaran Withers for taking the time to go on camera with S.E. Day.

Click HERE to go to the Video on our YouTube Channel

The Team Hard at Work…

  

  

  

Technician Keith works hard on the cars…..but it is Break Time for the others (It’s hot out there!).

  

Ashley Getting a HOP on Easter at BNI Networking

Owner Ashley Butler made a fun time of her BNI Networking Meeting to celebrate Easter Week. Fun!

August 19, 2011 – FREE BRAKES for KIDS Event – HUGE SUCCESS!

Throughout the month of August, Ashley Butler and her team offered Free Brakes for donating school supplies. All customer had to do was go to a local store, purchase new school supplies, and donate them to our School Supplies Drive and we gave them FREE BRAKES. Boxes were overflowing with donated school supplies. 50 Back Packs stuffed with customers donations were given to local children on August 19th at our Back to School Gala. Thank you for making this event a huge success and allowing us to give back to the community. Check out the photos below!

 

Ice Cold Air South Tampa Featured on Channel 10

Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair at 410 South Dale Mabry in Tampa was featured on September 26, 2011 on the recent flooding and the impact on auto repairs.

CLICK HERE to read the article and view the new footage

Franchise Owner Ashley Butler Featured On Local Radio Show

Ashley Butler, owner of franchise located at 410 South Dale Mabry, was featured on the radio show “Something’s Brewing on The Radio” AM 820 May 22, 2010. The hosts talks to Ashley about how she became a successful Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair shop owner and the challenges she faces as a woman in a typically male dominated industry.

Listen to the Interview

Slow economy helping auto repair business. (Bay News 9)

PINELLAS COUNTY (Bay News 9) – While many companies are looking to cut costs, a local auto repair shop is adding more workers. Robin Hughes, president of Ice Cold Air discount auto repair, says with tough economic times more people are fixing their cars instead of trading them in.

“Between the gas prices being so high and not being able to get credit to buy a new car, people are taking care of their cars longer and keeping them and getting them repaired — taking good care of them,” Hughes said.

Motorist Tracy Roberts is following Hughes theory and plans to keep driving his car.

“I’m not going to buy a new car right now,” Roberts said. “It’s like too unstable, and I’d rather repair mine and, you know, drive it as long as I can.”

However with fewer people buying new vehicles, many automotive dealerships are feeling the pinch.

Bill Heard Chevrolet recently announced it was going out of business, and the shutdown of 14 dealerships affects almost 3,000 employees.

But with 17 shops across the Bay area, Ice Cold Air may be able to help. More repairs mean more jobs, and the company says it’s willing to hire people from businesses that are failing.

“I do believe that there are industries more recession proof like us where we can help take care of people in a time when they need us the most, and we’re here for them,” Hughes said.

Click here to read the Story on Bay News 9.

Ice Cold Air featured in the NBC Television Show Daytime

Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair shop in South Tampa featured on NBC Daytime Show. Click below for the story:

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Grad Revs Up Career With Franchise

By MARK HOLAN The Tampa Tribune

SOUTH TAMPA – Ashley Butler met Allyn Ayers standing in line at Panera Bread. She was 22 and nearly done with her business degree at the University of South Florida.

He was 62 and beginning to divest himself from the daily operations of the discount auto repair chain he founded 40 years earlier. “I told her business is not for the weak or the lame, but whatever you want to do you can do,” Ayers said. Butler, a Port Tampa native and Robinson High School graduate, promised to call Ayers after finishing her degree.

When she followed up about six months later, he hired her as an assistant. He also attended her 2006 graduation and met her family. “I liked her potential; the way she carried herself,” Ayers said. “She asked tough questions.” Butler soon became the auto chain’s first female franchise owner, taking over Ice Cold Air at 803 W. Hillsborough Ave. Today she owns the busier and larger store at 410 S. Dale Mabry Highway.

“Allyn taught me in layman’s terms the simplicity of business and how hard work and time invested can reward a young person,” said Butler, 24. As a young black woman, the 5-foot-3 Butler doesn’t fit the profile of the typical auto shop owner. “I thought that was going to be a big deal,” Butler said. “At first, the workers were tougher than the customers,” she said of the Hillsborough store. “But I got them to respect me and grow with me.”

A few customers still mistake her for the receptionist. Butler said one of her regular customers gave her a name tag identifying her as the owner to help avoid confusion. “You have the random customer who thinks my tech Keith is the owner,” she said. Technician Keith Cox said Butler brings a positive attitude. “We can be having the hardest day in the world, and she makes it fun,” said Cox, who has worked at the Dale Mabry store for about 10 months.

Butler oversees two employees, handling the books and other administrative work. “Sometimes I’m out in one of the bays holding something in place,” she said. “I don’t act like I know everything.”

Ayers said he is glad he gave Butler an opportunity. “I’ve heard nothing but incredible reports,” he said.
CLICK Here to See Newspaper article

Ice Cold Air Announces 8th Annual Free Oil Changes to Support Marines’ “Toys for Tots”

Toys for Tots 2013

Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair, a Pinellas-based auto repair franchise with 16 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 13th.

This is the eighth 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 all 16 Ice Cold Air locations. The toys must be in the original packaging and unwrapped. Those wanting to take advantage of this special should call or stop by any Ice Cold Air location. Visit www.icecoldair.com/locations for a list of locations.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

1180 Breast Cancer for Wipers Photo

Back to School Donation Drives and Events a SUCCESS!

Throughout the month of July, Franchise Owner Ashley Butler (410 S. Dale Mabry) and Franchise Owner Sharon Adams (1180 Court Street) offered FREE Oil Changes and FREE Brakes for donating school supplies. Customers were asked to go to a local store, purchase new school supplies, and donate them to our School Supplies Drive and in return they received a FREE Oil Change or FREE Brakes. We had a wonderful response from our generous customers. Hundreds of back packs were filled with school supplies and a we donated over $400 to  The Homeless Emergency Project *  and The Joshua House*. Shop 1180 on Court Street in Clearwater and Shop 410 on South Dale Mabry in Tampa both threw  Back to School Events to celebrate successful donation drives. Everyone enjoyed a day of food, raffle prizes, cotton candy, face painting and even a dunk tank (quite refreshing I bet in the summer heat!). Thank you for making these events a huge success and allowing us to give back to the community. Check out the photos below!

*Joshua House is a safe haven for abused, abandoned, and neglected children, offering a therapeutic residential group care program that provides a protected, nurturing, family-like environment for children six – seventeen.

  *The Homeless Emergency Project provides homeless and very low-income individuals and families with housing, food, clothing and support services necessary to obtain self-sufficiency and improved quality of life.

Dancing Characters Homless Emergency Set Up Trail Monkey Club

grilling dunk tank action 6 Kids with Book Bags

HEP w. donations 2 Bubbles Family Fun

Cotton Candy girl Dancing Characters 2 Cheetah Girl

 

Back to School Bash a SUCCESS for Local Children and Joshua House!

Throughout the month of July, Franchise Owner Ashley Butler and her team located at 410 South Dale Mabry in Tampa offered FREE Oil Changes for donating school supplies. All customer had to do was go to a local store, purchase new school supplies, and donate them to our School Supplies Drive and we gave them a FREE Oil Change. We had a wonderful response from our generous customers and exceeded our goal of stuffing 200 Back Packs with customers donations. These stuffed Back Packs were given to local community children and children from The Joshua House* on August 10th at our Back to School Bash. Everyone enjoyed a day of food, face painting, cotton candy, shaved ice, and sunshine. Thank you for making this event a huge success and allowing us to give back to the community. Check out the photos below!

*Joshua House is a safe haven for abused, abandoned, and neglected children, offering a therapeutic residential group care program that provides a protected, nurturing, family-like environment for children six – seventeen.

 Dancing Characters Kids with Book Bags grilling

 

Face Painted Girls Family Fun Cotton Candy girl

 

Bubbles Dancing Characters 2 Cheetah Girl

Back to School Open House SUCCESS for local children and HEP!

 Throughout the month of July, Franchise Owner Sharon Adams and her team located at 1180 Court Street in Clearwater offered FREE Brakes for donating school supplies. Customers were asked donate to the School Supplies Drive in exchange for FREE Brakes. We had a wonderful response from our generous customers. Tons of back packs were filled with school supplies and a $235 donation was given to The Homeless Emergency Project * (HEP) on August 3rd at our Back to School Open House. Everyone enjoyed a day of food, raffle prizes, and even a dunk tank (quite refreshing I bet in the summer heat!). Thank you for making this event a huge success and allowing us to give back to the community. Check out the photos below!

 *The Homeless Emergency Project provides homeless and very low-income individuals and families with housing, food, clothing and support services necessary to obtain self-sufficiency and improved quality of life.

Free Brake SignHEP w. donations 2   Trail Monkey Club

Tent Set Up 2   dunk tank action 6  Food

dunk tank action 10  Homless Emergency Set Up  Group Shot

Back to School DONATION Drive & OPEN HOUSE

1180 EventFREE BRAKE PADS FOR KIDS
Don’t Adjust You Glasses… You Read it Correctly!

FREE BRAKE PADS & COURTESY CHECK

WE WILL INSPECT YOUR BRAKES FOR FREE!

Even if you don’t think that you need brakes, it’s always good to know exactly what condition they’re in. And if you do need brake replacement, you’ll get

FREE FRONT OR REAR BRAKES; PADS OR SHOES

(Labor, ceramic pads, hardware, rotor resurfacing or new rotors, calipers, etc: extra. Brake pads must be installed by us. Some cars and light trucks extra. Pads must be installed by us. No other coupons or discounts with this offer Appointment Only)

Don’t Need Brakes, NO PROBLEM
How about a Gift Certificate for $89.95 in Repair/Maintenance?

BUT, Here’s the CATCH…
We Will be Collecting School Supplies for Local Children In Need!

All you have to do is go to a local store, purchase new school supplies (worth $20 or more please), and donate them  to our School Supplies Drive and we will give you a FREE BRAKE PADS. It’s that Simple!

But, hurry this is a LIMITED TIME OFFER!

YOUR Donations will go to needy children at the Homeless Emergency Project*

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Back to School OPEN HOUSE!
Saturday Aug 3rd
From 11:00am to 2:00pm

** FREE Food & Drink **
** Awesome RAFFLE Prizes **

1180 Court Street
727-461-5727
*Offer only valid at Court Street 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

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*The Homeless Emergency Project provides homeless and very low-income individuals and families with housing, food, clothing and support services necessary to obtain self-sufficiency and improved quality of life.

We Are Ready For Our Close-Up!

We’re on the News!

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Ice Cold Air is Featured on Fox13 News with a GREAT story on “What to know when you take your car to the mechanic”. This story is from our Women’s Car Care Clinic Event that took place on November 17th at Shop 410 in Tampa. We had such a great turn out and were so thrilled to be able to host this clinic and share it with the community!

 Click the link below to watch the video and check out the full article:

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/20907879/2013/01/31/what-to-know-when-you-take-your-car-to-the-mechanic

Ice Cold Air South Tampa Featured on Channel 10

Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair at 410 South Dale Mabry in Tampa was featured on September 26, 2011 on the recent flooding and the impact on auto repairs.

CLICK HERE to read the article and view the new footage