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Piney Street Auto Repair: ‘We do everything’

May 24, 2017
By CHUCK BALLARO (news@breezenewspapers.com) , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Keith Toomey chose an interesting time to start his own business - right around the time the recession hit in 2008.

The timing proved fortuitous for Toomey, who opened Piney Street Auto Repair, at 1250 Piney Road, at a time when people stopped buying new cars and instead chose to fix their old ones.

The shop, with a loyal clientele, now has three certified auto technicians (including Toomey) who can fix just about any car, truck or SUV.

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Keith Toomey, owner of Piney Street Auto Repair at 1250 Piney Road.

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Toomey, who has worked on cars for nearly 40 years, moved to Southwest Florida from Rochester, N.Y. in 1999 and started out at in the service department at a dealership, where he worked for seven years before the company suffered financial problems.

He leased his building and started from scratch."

Toomey said it was slow going at first, as he did everything from fix the cars to billing.

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After all, they were lean times and starting a business at that point was very risky.

Soon, he was able to hire help as the business got on more solid footing.

Today, Toomey is a full-service repair shop that does the basic maintenance such as oil changes, tune ups and tires rotations. They can also do the major projects.

"We do everything. We do transmission work, we replace engines and transmissions. There isn't much we can't do," Toomey said. "You have to be well-rounded in this business if you want to make a go of it."

Toomey has a large customer base, but also works for used car dealers by getting their cars in shape.

He also works with the extended warranty companies.

The company is also part of the North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce.

Piney Street Auto repair is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday by appointment only, though that rare, saying his job is hard, hot work and that 40 hours is enough.

For more information, call Toomey at 995-2737.

 
 

 

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