HUNTINGTON, New York, September 25
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
More than 15 years of auto technician experience, deep ties to the Huntington community and a couple of big smiles – whenever a vehicle is left in the hands of Franco and Laura Aloe of AloeTech Inc., that’s what their clients can expect.
“I’ve been working at dealerships my whole life,” Franco, formerly a mechanic for Huntington Honda, Rallye Acura and European Motor Works, said. “The one thing I love to do is help out.”
To do just that, Franco, co-owner and lead technician of AloeTech in Huntington village, uses his experience to offer customers auto repair his expertise – with no project too big or small, Laura, his wife and co-owner, said.
“He can handle it [all]… Everything a dealership has, we have here,” said Laura, who manages the desk-side work of the shop – but who, according to Franco, is also no slouch when it comes to evaluating cars herself. “We have the newest equipment – scan tools, A/C machines, [etc.]… We stock all oils – Euro and Synthetic blends – a variety of dealer oil filters, belts, higher-quality brake pads. We also stock a variety of engine and cabin filters and interstate batteries.”
To go along with that, Franco and his pair of technicians are Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified and offer a variety of repair and maintenance work covering everything from engines, brakes, suspensions and exhaust to air conditioning, transmission, dents, air bags, computers – and everything in-between.
The shop even offers services and equipment that only a dealership can: like a smoke machine capable of pinpointing any leak – oil, coolant, water, etc. – a battery tester that can evaluate any vehicle’s battery in just one minute, and much more.
With the expertise and equipment taken care of, the community ties come with Franco and Laura being born and raised in Huntington, and coming from families with businesses spread across town. This inspired Franco’s desire to jump feet first into the world of business, Laura said, something he’s always dreamed of.
“I wanted to be in Huntington village… So I was looking to rent, but I ended up finding a great deal on the building so I bought [it],” Franco, who opened AloeTech in October of 2012, said. “I had a vision basically. I came in here, saw the room and the space it has [and knew]… It was going to be pretty busy.”
Moving forward, Franco wants to see more of his specialty in the shop: Japanese cars.
“I want to get more of those [Hondas and Acuras] in the shop,” Franco said. “I know the cars inside and out.”
And AloeTech’s aspirations don’t stop there; in fact, they get even bigger.
“[Eventually we want] want to expand into a dealership,” Franco said, “A used car dealership and then, maybe one day, a new car dealership.”
Until then, though, Franco and Laura will always be around the New York Avenue shop solving whatever motor repair conundrums come their way.
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander (Thursday, September 25, 2014; A17)