Tom Piciulo opened his first RustKote location working out of the Sears Auto Center at the Eastern Hills Mall in October 2014. He quickly learned that the “rustproofing season” was already well underway in October in Buffalo and that he would need more services to keep the business growing. He began to slowly build his business with honesty, integrity, and a hard work ethic.
“Most of my first customers had bad tastes in their mouths from other competitors, so I was getting a lot of business from people who just wanted the proper rustproofing application”
By August 2015 Tom opened his second location on Walden Ave in Depew. On paper, the business plan was to open as many locations as possible in the shortest amount of time but going through the 2015 rustproofing season turned out to be harder than anticipated.
“At one point I realized with multiple locations I was just competing with myself. Customers with who I built relationships within year one wanted to come to the location I was at”
By March of 2016 Tom decided to consolidate both locations into one super location hence “RustKote Total Care” was formed.
- 2016 – New Showroom Built / Spray on Bedliners Added
- 2017 – Addition of Full Auto Accessories Sales
- 2018 – PDR (Paintless Dent Repair) Training
- 2019 – Full Detail Shop Added / Professional Ceramic Coatings Added
- 2020 – 3M PPF (Paint Protection Film) Certification Added
- 2021 – 3M Window Tint Certification Added
“I would highly recommend bringing your vehicle here. I brought my GMC Sierra for undercoating. Tom, the owner, went through all of my options in great detail and explained some common myths that helped me to decide the best options for my vehicle. I also had them do an inside and out detail on the vehicle. The job was done with high efficiency and the truck looks brand new again. This company is professional and highly skilled. Check out the website. They offer many services. I will definitely be back for our other vehicles. Tom, Thanks for a great job!!!!”
“This company is very professional they will do anything to help you had my car rust coated & Ceramic coated And had new headlights put in. They also do spray Vehicles where I work. I would highly recommend this company to Anyone.”