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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Eco-Friendly Car Care

No, that’s not an oxymoron. It’s simply amazing. 

When you think of a car mechanic shop, what comes to mind? Dirt and grime? Black-and-white checkered floors? Waiting rooms filled with decade-old magazines? Mediocre coffee in Styrofoam cups? A television set that doesn’t work? Being treated like a complete moron?

Clear your mind of these images and take better care of the environment at Eco-Friendly Auto Center in Oakland Park, Florida (find them on Facebook by clicking here). The first green-certified auto center in all of Florida, Eco-Friendly Auto Center provides an atypical experience that starts with environmentally sound auto services.

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It Starts with Green

Former Marine Sully Dawson realized long ago that the future was green. And when the time came to put his business smarts to the test, he saw a great opportunity in the auto care business. After researching and interviewing more than 20 organizations that certify companies as being green, he came across Certified Green Partners. Suddenly, everything clicked.

“A lot of green certification is for marketing purposes only,” Dawson says. “I was looking for an organization that talked the talk and walked the walk, and Certified Green Partners does just that.”

But what does it mean to run a green auto center? It means biodegradable engine oil and the same recycled oil used in U.S. Armed Services’ Hummers. It also means recycled antifreeze, buying in bulk to reduce packaging, and eco-friendly tires.

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Customer Comfort 

On top of being the only green auto center in Florida, Eco-Friendly Auto Center excels in another area: comfort. In the waiting area, guests are greeted with hardwood floors; a big-screen television and video game system for the kids to enjoy; complimentary soda, juice, and coffee; and an Internet café that allows you to keep working when you’re not at work.

Mark Badovick began coming to Eco-Friendly Auto Center when it first opened in the spring of 2010. He was immediately impressed.

“Sully and his crew do what they promise, they do it in a timely fashion, and they do it for the price you’re quoted,” he says. “They actually care about you and want to get your vehicle back on the road safely and without doing the environment any harm.”

Because of this, Badovick uses the center for all sorts of work on his 30th anniversary 1997 Camaro and his S-10 Chevy. He has turned to the degreed and accredited mechanics at Eco-Friendly Auto Center for air conditioning work, pulley and rear axle replacement, oil changes, and new tires. He is also quick to sing the praises of Sully and crew.

Hence why his daughter drives 35 minutes to Eco-Friendly Auto Center any time her car needs work. And when Badovick’s boss came in for a routine oil change at Badovick’s recommendation, Badovick’s trust was again validated.

“The oil change was finished before my boss’s ride could get to the shop to pick him up,” Badovick recalls. “That’s madness!”

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Price Point

And the madness doesn’t stop there. It also carries to Eco-Friendly’s prices. While you may think going green is an expensive proposition, many services are cheaper at the center. Whether you need a radiator or transmission flush, tire alignment, or any other service, it can all be done under the Eco-Friendly roof for a price that can’t be beat.

“You name it, we do it here, and there are no hidden fees,” Dawson says. “This may wind up costing me money on occasion, but customers appreciate our honesty and our unwillingness to do anything that could be perceived as shady.”

Ready for a new car-care experience? Come meet your new car care team at Eco-Friendly Auto Center at 1139 East Commercial Boulevard Oakland Park, Florida 33334; give them a call at (954) 581-1747; or check them out at And if you come this weekend—February 25 and 26, you can come face to tire with Bigfoot monster truck, meet the Bigfoot driver, and get in on giveaways and free food from local vendors! So what are you waiting for? Your car, truck, van, or SUV could use a green tune-up!

This article was written by Daniel Brantley exclusively for Club Cabeza, please follow along on Twitter and Facebook. Daniel Brantley is a freelance writer who loves being eco-friendly! Email Daniel or find him online at or go to to follow his home-loving life.

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