Service with a Smile
by Jody Steele
A long time ago, I remember going with my Dad to the “gas station” to get fuel, new tires, an oil change, or even to collect those “free” glasses when you “filled her up”. It was an adventure with a friendly touch. We knew everyone at the station. Little did I know, that 60+ years later, I would be living in a neighborhood that still offered the same service, only without the free glassware.
Israel Salgado, Director of the Service Station at Ocean Reef, Cart Sales and Repair, and Waste Management shared that the crew is able to work on a wide variety of vehicles including antique cars, smart cars, mini mokes, and your regular family car. Audie Benjamin, Master Certified and Senior Mechanic has been at the Station for over 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Joel Gabriel and Jorge Espinosa round out the mechanic team.
Instead of driving to your car dealer, the Service Station will pick up your vehicle and return it to you. As they are open on Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM-6:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM during Season with slightly shorter hours the rest of the year, the convenience is a real perk. Sometimes we actually forget our beloved red truck is there and magically it arrives back home with its oil change completed.
I was surprised to hear that it is not unusual for the Station to do ten tire plugs in a day. Evidently, our roads have a few nails that end up in tires and the good news is no repair reservation is necessary. The plug is done in about five minutes. Desira, Carmelino, and Ever take care of mounting tires, balancing them, and the quick plug. All types of tires can be ordered and are delivered to Ocean Reef in about a day.
It has been awhile since I locked my keys in my car, but if your remote does not work and you are locked out—the Station can get you back in and repair your remote. No wire hangar needed.
Wash and Wax PLUS
There are four packages available for getting your vehicle squeaky clean, outside/inside, detailed or not—whatever you choose. However, a new service is the Covid 19 Disinfectant and Sanitize System that utilizes a special machine. Evidently, it takes about an hour and certainly can give you some peace of mind.
The Service Station also offers a Summer Care Program for those that leave their vehicles behind. It includes checking tires, batteries, fluids, and a drive around the Reef so your car does not sit for months without moving.
I feel quite lucky to have the Service Station here at The Reef. Their professional and friendly team has helped us solve oodles of annoying problems over the years. How easy it is to call 305-367-5811 and hear a familiar voice that is ready to assist or schedule an appointment without waiting for days or even weeks. Maybe Israel can look at ordering some cool glasses.