By Connie Leinbach
Jimmy’s Garage offers “minor and major” repairs, and recently it got its own major repair as Colony Tire donated a new tire mounter and wheel balancer to the business.
Like many other businesses and homes on Ocracoke Island, Jimmy’s Garage, on Ocean View Road, got flooded, ruining many of Jamie Jackson’s tools and equipment.
Colony Tire, whose owner, Charlie Creighton of Edenton, but formerly of Rodanthe, also is allowing Jamie Jackson, son of Jimmy, to purchase new tools at cost.
The state-of-the-art tire changer and wheel balancer cost about $15,000, said Bobby Turner, a part-time Ocracoke Islander and a sales rep at Colony Tire in Raleigh, who brought the machines to the island.
Colony Tire also led the garage’s GoFundMe campaign with a $5,000 donation.
“They’re doing all they can to get him up and running,” Turner said as Jackson and his staff moved the equipment into the garage bay. “(Creighton) started the business (Colony Tire) in Rodanthe and he knows the plight of the whole island.”
The garage reopened Oct. 7.
In addition to Colony Tire, other businesses who chipped in to pay for the new equipment were Atlantic Tire Distributors and Mighty Auto Parts, Turner said.