Brandon man’s shop Twisted Metal Offroad gives customers a lift
TAMPA - Will Martinez promises he can turn your vehicle into an off-road mudding machine, a rubber-burning street racer, or both. Martinez, 25, is the owner of Twisted Metal Offroad, which opened 3 1/2 years ago. The business specializes in diesel repair and performance, as well as lift kits and more. “Things have gone pretty well, especially in this economy,” Martinez said. “Except for our wheels and tires, what we do here is more of a want for our customers than a need.”Martinez, a Brandon native, says he has always loved Jeeps. Driving the family vehicle around his father’s farm at a very young age made it easier for him to help out around the property. “My dad didn’t really think opening this shop was a good idea,” Martinez said. “He’s a farmer, so he doesn’t really get all this.” Martinez began fixing up his friends’ Jeeps and trucks when he was 15. Right before opening Twisted Metal Offroad, he worked at 4 Wheel Parts in Tampa. “I had a bunch of my friends and customers who kept telling me that I needed to open my own shop,” he said. Martinez says customers have come to his shop from as far away as Naples and Tallahassee. One off-road enthusiast even had his Jeep shipped down from Ohio. Twisted Metal Offroad employs five full-time employees, including four Ford-certified diesel technicians. He credits them — and good customer service — for the success of the business. Martinez also says they’re the reason he’s been getting more sleep lately. “When we first opened, I was working close to 60 or 70 hours a week,” he said. “Now I can come in part-time and know everything’s taken care of.” Twisted Metal Offroad, 6113 Causeway Blvd., Tampa, is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (813) 622-6570 or visit www.twistedmetaloffroad.com
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