DIRECTIONS: At the corner of Court Street and Missouri Avenue
Store Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:30pm, Saturday 7:30am-2pm, Sunday Closed
This Location is Independently Owned and Operated
Owner Dennis McBride has been in the automotive service industry for 26 years; and for almost 10 of those years, he’s been part of the Ice Cold Air ® family. 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.
We are an authorized installer for Intoxalock Ignition Interlock! Intoxalock is a top-rated ignition interlock provider with affordable pricing and a reliable, high-quality, easy-to-use device. Our certified Intoxalock technicians install, service and remove these devices. The Intoxalock on-site calibration station kiosk makes servicing the device fast and simple. Let us help you get back on the road after a DUI with an ignition interlock device.
If you need an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle, call Intoxalock directly at (833) 918-1407 and mention that you’d like to install with us. They will set up your account and schedule your appointment.
Becoming an automotive technician is a rewarding path for anyone looking in the trades or to change careers. Getting to work with your hands all day and knowing that you finished your day with a job well done is a huge positive on its own.
If you’re looking to start a new, exciting career as an automotive technician, we’d like to share some of the perks of the job!
Advancement Opportunities (plus, great pay and a signing bonus!)
These are just a few of the perks that come with becoming an automotive tech! We are constantly looking for new talent and unique individuals to join our team. If a new career is something you’re interested in, let’s look at what’s in it for you in your career as an automotive tech:
There will always be a need for good automotive mechanics. You can choose to live anywhere and there will always be a way to find steady employment. You never have to wonder where your next paycheck is coming from, you will always have security for you and your family.
Every day is a little bit different in the life of an automotive technician. Different cars, different parts, and always a new thing to learn! Trust us, there is a steady stream of change that keeps you active and prevents boredom in the day-to-day work.
#3. Advancement Opportunities
Becoming an automotive technician also opens you up to a world of opportunities. You can advance your career and eventually become a master in the field. This guarantees higher pay (Master Technicians in the US make an average of 123,527 per year) and more opportunities to do the type of work that you want to do.
In fact, the Ice Cold Air® Discount Auto Repair franchise makes a bit of a habit of turning former shop employees into successful entrepreneurs and business owners. Many of our franchise owners include both former managers and former technicians. We pride ourselves in our ability to offer a chance for those who’ve always dreamed of owning their own shop.
After a long day of work, you have the satisfaction of knowing you’re doing good work for your local community. You are keeping people safe in their cars, you are making their transportation more reliable, and you are spending every day doing the best work that you possibly can.
Plus, we care about giving back wherever we can to others in Tampa Bay. As a team, we conduct back-to-school and food drives, Toys for Tots for 15 years now, and so much more.
Join Our Team as an Automotive Technician
We have the BEST job! Every day is as different as the cars we work on. Become an automotive technician, diagnose and solve problems, and make repairs to keep cars on the road longer and keep our customers safe.
If you’re a seasoned automotive mechanic or just getting started, consider joining our team. We would love to hear from you; tell us why you’d be a good fit for our car care team. We are always interested in meeting and hiring new talent in the Tampa area. Send in your resume here!
Our 15th 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 12th. This is the Pinellas-based auto repair franchise’s 15th 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 15th 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 50 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 25,000 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. # # #
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.
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.
Free Brake Jobs for Food Donations May 9th – 21st, 2016
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.