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2014 Best in Biz Finalist: Sunshine Automotive

Posted By LocalShops1, Sunday, July 13, 2014
Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014

LocalShops1 Best in Biz Awards
Presented by C1 Bank
6-9 pm Thursday Aug. 7, 2014
St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE

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Sunshine Automotive
Finalist, Best Established Business

363 16th Street N., St. Petersburg

The auto body and collision repair center opened in 1973.  Proudly owned and operated by Dean and Tina Pickel, and previously owned by Dean’s uncle, Sunshine Automotive provides a lifetime warranty, and is the first repair facility in Florida to be nationally guaranteed by AAA Auto Club’s Approved Auto Repair program. 

Here are excerpts from their application for LocalShops1's 2014 Best in Biz Awards:

"We feel that keeping the business within our community and within those businesses that help the community is one of the most important things a small business can do. Sunshine has slowly developed a network of local businesses that we know and trust, and we don’t hesitate to recommend them to our customers. Our long-time customers know that they can call us for anything, and they do!"

So many times we will hear from a new customer that they are the now-grown granddaughter or grandson of a patron we have known for many years. It's so interesting to help a family with their vehicle, and then help their children and now their children’s children. It's also nice to have someone walk into our office and tell us that they don’t even need an estimate. They KNOW that we are fair and honest and wouldn’t take their vehicle anywhere else."



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Best in Biz is presented by C1 Bank
Sponsors include Moorman PhotographicsPia's TrattoriaI Love Downtown St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg Museum of HistoryImpulse Clics  and Sunshine Automotive



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