Jerry Old and Cathy Fernicola were both working for other people when they thought, “Why not open our own place?” They believed they could deliver quality workmanship and parts, as well as exceptional customer service. And they were right! Today, they’re proud to say, “We’ve achieved our goal and so much more—Neptune drivers trust us because they know we always have their safety and best interests in mind.”
The staff at Alternative Car Care has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive repair industry, and continues to stay on top of the latest technology and procedures. Our techs are able to accurately and efficiently diagnose wiring issues, instrument cluster warning lights, drivability problems, and more. From the most complex to the most straightforward repair, we’ve got you covered.
Jerry’s automotive career can be traced back to fixing his bicycle in his parents’ garage when he was 8-years-old. As a teenager, he came to love cars, motorcycles, and basically anything with an engine, leading him to pursue a career in automotive repair. He got started in high school by simultaneously attending automotive technical school.
Now, Jerry is an ASE Master Certified Tech, holding numerous other
certifications as well as being a successful business owner. His love for the automotive field continues to drive to this day. Happily married with two beautiful daughters, Jerry loves to spend time vacationing with his family, spending the day on his boat, and going to the races.
While she’s not a technician, Cathy loves cars. As co-owner of Alternative Car Care, she runs our daily operations, handles marketing, and organizes charity events and donations. She also volunteers for Rescue Ridge, a not-for-profit no-kill animal rescue. When she’s not at the shop or shelter, Cathy loves to travel, and spend time with her two daughters, four grandsons, and her beloved dogs.
Bill has worked in the automotive field for over 30 years, and as a true people-person, he’s friendly, helpful, and happy to answer any questions, big or small. On a daily basis, he answers the phones (always with a smile in his voice), writes up work orders, orders parts, greets customers, and makes sure our techs have what they need to keep the shop running efficiently. When he’s not working, Bill loves spending time with his girlfriend, cooking, and boating.
Tommy is Alternative Car Care’ newest team member. He came to us with 10 years of experience working as a technician, and he’s ASE Certified. Tommy is married with two children. His hobbies include motor biking and (surprise!) fixing cars.
Will’s love of cars led him to become a professional technician, and he is continually furthering his automotive knowledge with ongoing training. He also has a passion for animals. He and his girlfriend volunteer all of their spare time to Rescue Ridge, a not-for-profit no-kill animal rescue center.
Matt is a skilled technician with the drive to continue learning. When he’s not in the shop, he’s furthering his automotive education by attending Brookdale Community College. Like all of us, Matt loves cars, but his special baby is the Mustang Cobra. In his spare time, Matt enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and dirt bike riding.