Can you describe your business?
WAO Garage is an authorized Llumar Window Tint specialist and an Amsoil synthetic oil retail/direct jobber location. We specialize in auto, boat, RV, residential and commercial window tinting. Our tint specialist is a leader in the field and has been installing window tint for over 28 years.
Do you remember the moment you decided to open your business?
Our owner, Randy Finck, has always worked within the automotive field. A few years ago he and a couple of friends came up with the idea to reinvent and update the “garage scene” with the thought that people need an automotive garage that they can trust and where they feel comfortable.
Our Caratoke Highway location serves as our introduction to the Currituck community. It is just a small taste of what our larger location in the Camden Commerce Park (coming in 2020) will bring. Our 12,000-sq-ft Camden location will provide all automotive services, from oil changes to restoration. After our Camden location opens, the Caratoke Highway shop will continue to serve as our detailing and window tint location.
Why do you do what you do?
We wanted to reinvent the “garage scene.” Our top priorities are quality work and customer service. We aspire to provide a clean, welcoming environment for our customers, where they feel valued, comfortable and appreciated. Our state of the art waiting room features lounge chairs, Keurig coffee, complimentary refreshments and free wifi.
Why Currituck County?
Our family has always had connections to the Currituck County area. Randy grew up spending his summers in the Outer Banks and has always had a special place in his heart for the Currituck area. When the opportunity to become business owners within the community we have loved for such a long time became available, we knew we had to take it.
What are the biggest challenges?
Getting your name out there! As a new business, you have to be able to convince locals to trust your ability to perform a top notch service.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone starting a business in Currituck County?
Relationships are key to success. The surrounding community and your relationship with them will make or break you. Learn to grow strong, honest relationships with customers, employees, fellow business owners and visitors.
This Currituck Small Business Spotlight first appeared in COAST OBX.
WAO Garage is located at
726 Caratoke Highway in Moyock, NC.