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Pine Island Auto Care open in St. James City

February 24, 2015
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Carl's Service in St. James City has a new name and is under new ownership. Tim Young, longtime friend of Carl Humphrey, opened the business under the banner, Pine Island Auto Care.

"I started working on cars in the early 1970s," Young said. "Then I decided to get educated and became a licensed aircraft mechanic and FAA inspector in 1977, all the while working on cars. When I purchased the first building, I went to Carl and said, 'I have the perfect building for you.' We became fast friends.

"Carl started the business in my shop in St. James City about 14 years ago," Young said. "Then about 10 years ago we moved the business to this location at 8336 Stringfellow Road (near the VFW).

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From left, Tim, Barbara (holding Sammy), Paul, Robert and Josh.


"The building was originally used to build Beck Boats," he continued. "Sam Beck built his wooden boats here. They had a lawn mower motor in the middle of the boat and were very popular in their time. We relocated here about 10 years ago and have been here ever since. Sadly Carl passed away on Aug, 31, 2014.

"Carl built a good reputation of being honest and fair with his customers because he was an honest and fair person," Young said. "We are carrying forward that legacy of being honest and fair with our customers."

The experts at Pine Island Auto Care have been active in auto care for over 35 years combined. The technicians are ASE certified to meet the requirements of the NAPA Auto Care Warranty. They are equipped to work on foreign, domestic cars and trucks as well as late model diesels.

"All of our technicians stay up to date on the latest automotive technology," Young said. "We have the most current diagnostic equipment available including original factory equipment, meaning we can uncover problems more quickly getting the customer's car back on the road quicker.

"Frankly, our customers aren't just customers," Young said. "Because we are island family-owned and operated they are our friends and neighbors. I believe half of our business is by referral."

Pine Island Auto Care is at 8336 Stringfellow Road, in St. James City. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 239-282-5599 or email



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