Car shop holds cookout, car wash to raise money for Ida recovery efforts

Vinyl Kings, a car shop that specializes in custom vinyl wrapping on Laconia Avenue, held a cookout and car wash to raise money after being hit hard by Ida.

News 12 Staff

Sep 5, 2021, 10:01 PM

Updated 950 days ago

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Vinyl Kings, a car shop that specializes in custom vinyl wrapping on Laconia Avenue, held a cookout and car wash to raise money after being hit hard by Ida.

Because the shop is downhill, water had gathered all the way to the top of the ceiling.  
The shop owner said they've $60,000 in damages and all the cars that were in the yard were worth up to $1 million.  
Since the storm has caused so much damage to the shop, it may take them a month to get back on their feet.  
The owners decided to hold a fundraiser to raise money and received support from the local car community. 
The Vinyl Kings have been around since 2015 and have gained a customer base not just in the Bronx but all over the tri-state area.  
They often display finished products at car shows to attract future customers. 
The rain did not stop people in the community from coming out and supporting the Vinyl Kings. 
"We were gonna give up, you can't come back from that. But when you see people say, ' don't stop, we'll show you support', and you have half the neighborhood here and people coming from other neighborhoods, it's like we gotta go, we gotta continue this, " shares Victor Cruz, the manager of Vinyl Kings. 
They're planning to host another car wash fundraiser next Saturday. 


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