The Department of Motor Vehicles has garnered a reputation, one of long lines, frowning faces and piles of paperwork. It’s a busy person’s hell.
But now, those living on the North Shore can avoid the hour-long round trip commute to Garden City and instead visit Carlos Vargas, owner of 85Quick, a DMV expediting service new to Glen Cove.
Originally, Vargas ran a courier service where he would deliver packages for people to and from the city and all over Long Island. One day, a customer asked him to return his license plates to the DMV. But going to the DMV was a service Vargas did not provide.
It got him thinking. He did some research, and found that there was a license he could get to provide DMV services himself.
In 2010, Vargas acquired a Private Service Bureau License from the DMV and opened 85Quick, which he operated out of his home in Rockville Centre. For a flat rate, 85Quick offers services including plate surrenders, title transactions, vehicle, truck and boat registrations, settlements of state and much more.
Seven years later, he opened a storefront at 175 Forest Avenue in Glen Cove, to serve the people of the North Shore. It’s the same service but what’s different is that it includes personalized attention, advice and much more convenience.
Vargas makes two trips to the Nassau County DMV every day, one to drop-off and one to pick-up. He even offers pick-ups outside business hours.
“I’ve been using 85Quick for a few years now,” said Jim Coniglione, owner of Scoopy Doo Pet Waste Removal Service next door. “I have no time to waste at the DMV. Carlos gets it done fast and at a reasonable price. He provides great service, and he’s a nice guy!”
Not only does 85Quick serve individuals, but a large portion of Vargas’ clientele includes businesses that use fleets of vehicles. And they come from areas as far away as Manhattan and Suffolk.
“It’s something that I’m able to help people, especially when they’re elderly and cannot wait online at the DMV or it’s difficult for them to move around,” Vargas explained. “I’m able to provide relief for them knowing they don’t have to deal with the DMV.”
Vargas is also fluent in Spanish, making the process easier for Spanish-speaking clients.
For now, Vargas and his wife Grilsy are focusing on the DMV service, but are thinking about revisiting the courier service.
The 85Quick office is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information call (516) 857-8425 (85-QUICK).