SCUGOG: At his scenic 20 acre property at 2320 Reader Rd., in Port Perry, Joe Vale has been operating Rent A Bay for the last four years.
The business offers car enthusiasts an opportunity to rent a bay in his shop to work on any type of vehicle for $20 per hour or $25 per hour for a bay that includes a 12,000 lbs. hoist.
“This is for entrepreneurs, the people that can afford the toys and they want to keep them nice. This is a place for you guys to take care of your pride and joy, your cars, trucks, boats, whatever your hobby is,” Mr. Vale said.
Mr. Vale also told The Standard that he is available to help people work on their vehicles.
“If it needs fixing and you need a place to fix it this is the place to come because I will help you fix it. I’m here to help you fix your own cars and to give recommendations on how to take care of stuff,” he said.
“It’s in my blood, I love working on cars.
Mr. Vale also offers storage for any type of vehicle, from boat to car or truck. He has a large 2 storey barn, where vehicles can be stored inside for $100 per month. He also offers outdoor storage on the property for $50 per month.
Mr. Vale has been in the service industry for the last 40 years, including working for Midas Muffler for 23 years. However, he was forced to leave Midas in 1995 to instead help his family.
"I thoroughly enjoyed it and would probably still be doing it, but when my Dad got sick he asked me to take over the barn and the chores,” Mr. Vale said.
The idea for the storage business came to Mr. Vale shortly after he decided to get out of the farm business and sold all of his cows.
“I was sitting here one day and a light went off in my head. The barn is empty, so why not do boat storage for people? It's sitting there empty, why not see if people want to use it.”
Mr. Vale said that he enjoys helping any person in need.
“I'm here to help out, provide a service, be friendly about it and make friends,” he said.
For more information about the services offered at Rent A Bay, Mr. Vale can be contacted by phone at 289-354-1527.