Location: Port Richey

11930 US HWY 19 North
Port Richey, FL 34668
(727) 863-6105

DIRECTIONS: “Bayonet Point”, at the corner of US 19 & SR 52

Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:30pm, Saturday 7:30am-2:00pm, Sunday Closed

This Location is Independently Owned and Operated

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Meet Nick…

Seven months after joining the Ice Cold Air® family as a manager, Nick Zammit is now the owner of his location.
Originally born in Buffalo, Nick moved to the Clearwater area in 1994 and graduated from Dunedin High School. He has always loved cars, so it’s no surprise he ended up in the auto industry. He has made cars his living since 2005.
He enjoys spending time with his beautiful little girl who he says, “brighten my days.” He is also the proud papa of fur babies, Pedro (a Dachshund) and Reese (Boston Terrier-Chihuahua).

Testimonials

Usually auto repair companies make me feel like I’m taking their precious time. Your guys made me feel like family!!! I’ve referred 4 families so far!!!

E. Rousselle

Everyone is very nice. As a single “older” lady I appreciate this!!

S. Hubbard

Nick and crew are great to work with – I’ve been back several times.

E. Knight

Nick Zammit is a definite plus to your company. Very pleasant all the time and has common sense.

M. Garzillo

Ice Cold Air at US19 and S.R.52 surpassed my expectations. Excellent job!

James H.

Simply the best – I have confidence that my auto will be fixed right “no worries”

K. Schmid

I find the service as close to perfect as can be. I’ve recommended quite a few friends.

 

M. Grasso

Dependable, simply the best – can always count on them – friendly – knowledgeable and “they know what they are doing”.

K. Schmid

Auto repair is expensive and usually an unpleasant experience. I still spent money but the experience was far more enjoyable.

R. Killius

“You did a wonderful job. Pleased with the work you did.”

J. Strauch


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How to Save Money on Gas This Summer

How to Save Money on Gas This Summer

Real talk: right now, gas prices are just way too high. Sure, we all know the basics of saving fuel… Don’t overdo the air conditioner, keep your window up on the highway, etc. But is that it?

If you’re searching the web for the best ways to save money on gas, we’ve got quite the list for you! From simple driving adjustments to simply not driving (though where’s the fun in that?), there are many ways to avoid the pain at the pump this year.

Plan Your Route Ahead of Time

It is best to plan your route ahead of time, especially when traveling long distances to better avoid traffic and pick your quickest route. However, you should prioritize the route with the least amount of traffic even if it’s a few miles longer.

Idling in traffic can take a heavy toll on your gas mileage. If you’re on a long-distance trip, try to plan out any rest stops ahead of time to ensure you don’t veer too far from the highway.

Prevent Engine Idling

In an average vehicle, idling can use up a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour. As for heavy-duty trucks, they can use up to 0.8 gallons of fuel per hour. This adds up quickly between daily traffic and deliveries.

You can prevent these costs by giving your fleet a few guidelines to follow when on their daily routes.

  • Do not turn your engine on until you are ready to drive right away
  • Turn off the engine when stuck in traffic
  • If warming up the engine is necessary, do not idle longer than a minute or two

Carpool When Possible

Of course, not driving is the best way to save money on gas. If it is possible at all, consider carpooling to work or school. Not only will this save everyone involved a bit on the cost of transportation, but also good for the planet!

Putting fewer miles on your car will help prolong its lifespan and keep you on the road longer!

Compare Gas Prices on Planned Route

There are apps like GasGuru and GasBuddy that are great tools to use when planning your route. You can compare gas prices along the way to your destination and select the cheapest, most convenient option to stop at.

You can even find out the cheapest option available to you locally to better plan your routine fill-ups. Just be sure to be a good app user and report the gas price as well while you’re filling up, that way everyone can see the most up-to-date prices!

Found the cheapest gas in town? Let us know when you come by our shop at 410 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa.

Use Your Grocery Store Perks

Many grocery stores have their own gas stations or partner with a specific chain and will allow you to use your loyalty reward card to save on gas. A favorite wholesaler, Costco, allows its members to save on gas at their fuel stations. Costco’s gas prices tend to be several cents cheaper than leading gas stations nearby.

This also causes the lines to be a little hectic, so try to fill up during less busy times such as early morning or mid-afternoon.

Practice Safer Driving Habits

Believe it or not, safer driving habits are also more eco-and wallet-friendly! Your driving habits can take a huge toll on your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.

Bad driving habits to break:

  • Speeding
  • Frequent braking
  • Quickly accelerating

Proper Maintenance Makes a Big Difference

This shouldn’t be as surprising as it is! Many people don’t realize just how important maintenance on their car truly is. Keeping your vehicle running well keeps the efficiency up, giving you more miles per gallon!

By ensuring your tires are properly inflated and staying on top of regular oil changes, you’ll be getting the best MPG your car can offer you!

Time for that tune-up? Call Ice Cold Air today at (813) 879-0600 to book an appointment, or just swing by the shop! You can find us in South Tampa; 410 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa.

What Happens If I Don’t Change My Oil? | Tampa Car Mechanics

What Happens If You Don’t Change Your Oil?

A: Bad things. The longer an oil change is put off, the engine will have issues. Ice Cold Air in South Tampa tells what can happen if you skip a trip to the shop!

Your car keeps telling you an oil change is due, and that sticker claims that you needed to come in 3000+ miles ago, but you still haven’t gone! You may not even be aware of how many miles you’ve driven since your last oil change, but just how important is it anyway?

Very. Oil changes are the most frequent type of maintenance done to a vehicle and should be done two times a year. In today’s blog, our mechanics explain exactly when you need to get your oil changed, and what can happen if you skip the trip…

Before the check engine light comes on, bring your car in for a quick oil change at Ice Cold Air at 410 S Dale Mabry! Give us a call ahead of time for an appointment at (813) 879-0600! We promise to make your oil change fast & easy.

Type of Oil Changes

The amount of time you can last between oil changes heavily depends on the type of oil change you receive. The different types are listed below:

Conventional – Least efficient, but least expensive. ~5,000 miles

Full synthetic – Most efficient, most expensive. ~10,000-15,000 miles

Synthetic blend – Slightly less expensive than full synthetic combination of conventional and synthetic oils. ~7,500 miles

Just like riding around on ‘E’ trying to avoid today’s crazy gas prices eventually has to end; you will need to get that oil change sooner or later. Look up next time you go for a ride, because it may be past time for a stop by the shop.

What Happens if You Don’t Change Your Oil

If you don’t change your oil, a LOT can go wrong with your vehicle. Here are the most common issues:

Voided Vehicle Warranty

Having a warranty intact gives us all peace of mind, knowing that any car issue won’t take us by surprise. What many people don’t know, is that by ignoring your maintenance your warranty may be voided.

Bad Performance

Oil keeps your vehicle’s engine lubricated and clean by using additives to send all the dirt and grime to the filter (which also gets changed during an oil change).

If you don’t keep your engine clean with clean oil, your engine will be weighed down by the grime. The more your engine has to work itself, the more gas will get used up.

Engine Failure

If you put off your oil change long enough, your whole engine could fail. The lack of lubrication will cause friction and heat that can warp the parts inside the engine or blow a gasket!

Change Your Oil Today at Ice Cold Air

A blown engine is almost as bad as having to use more gas with these prices right now! Don’t risk your engine and call us today to book an appointment at (813) 879-0600. Or just swing by the shop at Ice Cold Air South Tampa; 410 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa.

 

 

 

 

Handling Car Troubles on the Road

How To Handle Vehicle Troubles on The Road

Car trouble can be terribly frustrating to deal with, to say the least.  Maybe you have a check engine light that keeps turning on ‘for some reason’, or maybe the car just won’t start in the morning. And while these issues can be incredibly annoying, car problems to occur when driving can become outright dangerous.

Luckily, you’re reading this blog! We’re here to help you be prepared with some tips to keep you and your passengers safe if you encounter any major car problems when driving.

Remember good car care is important to prevent breakdowns. Bring your car in for a tune-up at Ice Cold Air at 410 S Dale Mabry! Give us a call ahead of time to set up an appointment at (813) 879-0600!

Now, let’s get to what to do should your car break down on you…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Steps to Take if Your Car Breaks Down On the Road

If your car begins having trouble on the road, you must react quickly and safely. Follow these steps to make sure you can pull over and get the help you need!

1. Turn On Your Emergency Lights

Turn on your hazards to alert any other drivers in the area before you even begin to pull over. These lights are typically located on the top of the steering wheel column, or the middle of your dashboard by the AC vents.

Once on, do not turn them off until you can safely get back on the road, or until your vehicle is getting towed.

Hazard Lights are typically located on the top of the steering wheel column, or the middle of your dashboard by the AC vents. 

 

2. Slow Down and Pull Over

If something is going on with your vehicle, slow down, and pull over to the right shoulder of the road once your hazards have been turned on. If possible, ensure you are in a safe, level location away from moving traffic. Avoid swinging your door open, and pay attention to your mirrors.

3. Turn Your Wheels Away From the Road and Apply the Emergency Brake

Pulling your emergency brake, or parking brake is best practice especially, when on a hill or slope. If you happen to be on a hill or slanted road, be sure your wheels are facing away from the road to prevent your vehicle from rolling into traffic.

4. Stay In Your Vehicle

It is best to stay in your vehicle, especially while on a highway or a crowded road. If it is absolutely necessary to get out of your vehicle, it is recommended you get your car to a safe location with minimal traffic.

Make sure if you are out of your vehicle that you are visible to other drivers on the road. Prop up the hood of your vehicle to alert others your car is broken down.

5. Call For Help

Last, if you haven’t been involved in a crash and no one is hurt, call or use your insurance app to get a tow truck, mechanic, or other roadside assistance to help. Depending on your insurance or if you have AAA, this service may be covered under your membership.

If you’re experiencing an emergency, always call 911 or the local police department first, before any roadside assistance lines. Roadside assistance is not a substitute for an ambulance or the police.

Prevent Future Breakdowns With a Tune-Up From Ice Cold Air

No one wants to deal with car troubles, especially not while driving! Whether you have a part that needs repairing or just an average check-up, give us a call, or swing by Ice Cold Air at 410 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL!

It’s Heating Up… Why Isn’t your AC Working?

As summer grows near, the days just keep getting hotter and hotter, especially in Florida. Having a working air conditioner in your car is a MUST HAVE. The worst part of living in hot weather is getting in a hot, musty car and having no way to cool it down! Seriously, fellow South Tampa residents: if your AC isn’t running great now, don’t wait until it is peak summer temperatures to get it fixed.

In today’s post, we will be going over some of the reasons your car’s AC may be having issues, and what you can do about it. Of course, the simple solution is to bring your car to a trusted mechanic that has expertise in air conditioning, like us at Ice Cold Air on Dale Mabry!

This Blows! My Air Conditioner Isn’t Cold.

Is your air conditioner blowing out air, but the air coming out just isn’t cold enough? Luckily, this is usually an easier fix than a completely non-functional AC. There could be a few reasons this is the case:

  • Clogged cabin air filter 
  • Clogged or restricted condenser 
  • Condenser fans are not running 
  • Leaks in the compressor itself 

An air conditioner works by circulating refrigerant liquid throughout a system of coils, cooling the air down that the system takes in, and dispensing cool air out. If there is a leak in the system, the refrigerant (Freon) will run low, turning your air conditioner into an overpriced fan.

The most common problems with air conditioners are a result of leaks in some parts of the system. Our mechanics can quickly identify the underlying cause by utilizing tools to analyze whether the issue is electrical, mechanical, or caused by a leak.

Is Your Refrigerant Running? Better Go Catch it! 

The number one cause of AC failure is a leak caused by the age and wear of the vehicle. Over time, parts degrade on your car causing things to need repairs. With how many moving parts go into a modern vehicle, it’s no wonder these costs can build up.

Prevent surprises with your vehicle by taking it in for proper maintenance. 

Just like seeing a doctor, a general check-up on your vehicle allows you to spot quick fixes that if ignored, could result in a costly full repair.

Here at Ice Cold Air, we believe no one should have to suffer from a broken AC! Whether your AC isn’t keeping you cool, or you’re coming by for a tune-up, swing your vehicle by our shop today for a FREE AC CHECK at 410 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. Call us at (813) 879-0600 to book an appointment with our South Tampa car repair service.

   

 

 Understanding Your Car’s Warranty 

It’s hard to match that feeling of getting some new wheels. Whether it’s brand new, or just new to you, getting a new car is exciting! As long as the car is in good condition and isn’t too old, chances are you’ll have some warranty left from the manufacturer. But what exactly does all this warranty lingo mean? 

 

Factory Warranty 

A factory warranty is offered exclusively by the manufacturer of the vehicle and will expire after a predetermined time or a set amount of miles driven, whichever comes first.

Even if your car is not new, it should still have the manufacturer’s warranty, as long as the car falls into the time/mileage requirements.  

 We recommend looking for certified pre-owned cars to ensure that the warranty is valid. 

 

Powertrain 

The powertrain consists of the engine, transmission, and differentials in a vehicle. Hence the name, the  “powertrain,” covers all the parts that provide the power needed to drive. Most manufacturer warranties cover the powertrain longer than the car itself, with many powertrain warranties being offered at 5 years/60,000 miles. 

 

Bumper-to-Bumper 

While “bumper-to-bumper” may sound like everything is covered, there are still some parts and types of damage that will not be covered under this type of warranty. Don’t get us wrong, bumper-to-bumper warranties are still the best, covering everything from the exhaust to the air conditioner, but it’s important to know what isn’t covered. 

 “Wear and tear” to certain parts of the car aren’t covered, such as tires, windshield wipers, and brake pads/rotors. Even though these do exist between both bumpers, these items should be expected to be replaced periodically with any vehicle. Cosmetic fixes or damage to the body aren’t typically covered either, so don’t rough up your car thinking it can all be fixed for free! 

 

Bonus Perks and Additional Coverage 

When buying a car, you may have the option for certain added protections. These vehicle service contracts (or VSCs) grant additional coverage, and in some cases can even cover “wear and tear” parts. 

These plans can offer additional perks in some situations as well. If your car breaks down and you are stuck somewhere, you may receive reimbursement for a hotel and food. 

 

Understanding Coverage is the First Step to Understanding Your Vehicle 

At Ice Cold Air South Tampa, we don’t just want to fix your vehicle, we want to help you understand it! No matter the problem your car is facing, our professionals at Ice Cold Air can get it running back to normal. We’re more than just ice-cold air; you can trust us with every repair your car may need! 

Call us today at (813) 879-0600 to book an appointment, or just swing by the shop! You can find us at Ice Cold Air South Tampa; 410 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa.   

 

 

Our 16th 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 11th. This is the Pinellas-based auto repair franchise’s 16th 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 16th 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 28,000 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. # # #

The Perks of Becoming an Automotive Technician

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!

  • Stability
  • Variety
  • Advancement Opportunities (plus, great pay and a signing bonus!)
  • Satisfaction

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:

#1. Stability

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.

#2. Variety

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.

#4. Satisfaction

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. # # #

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.”

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