Quik Auto Services, in Station Road Wellsford, has moved next door and changed its name of Auto Services Wellsford.
Owners Dennis and Edie Chappell joke that they aren’t quite as “quick” as they used to be.
Dennis has been a mechanic for 48 years. He started at Rodney Motors Wellsford when he was 15.
The couple started their own business in Wellsford 18 years ago and have enjoyed seeing it grow.
“It started with one mechanic, one hoist and one welder, and now we employ four other mechanics and a receptionist,” Dennis says.
The new premise has a carpark for 30 vehicles, reception area, three bay garage and another garage for Warrant of Fitness checks and servicing.
“We are really pleased to have a reception area so that customers don’t have to walk into a working environment. Keeping the WOF checks separate will make work easier, too.”
The business offers a wide range of car services for all models, from general repairs to fitting tyres.
They also do Warrant of Fitness checks for motorbikes and tractors.
“We have the only mobile van for tractor warrants and auto air conditioning in the area, so we can actually come out and do those on site,” Dennis says.
He says they predominantly deal with Japanese vehicles, but are seeing an increase in European cars, which can present challenges.
“Luckily, we are a member of Automotive Solutions, a group of independent mechanics across NZ who answer queries on a forum. We can always find a solution there.”
All the staff are car enthusiasts, owning classics such as Holden HQs and EHs. Dennis himself has a 1972 Holden Torana.
“We are all passionate about motoring here. That helps, as we get a number of classic vehicles coming into the workshop,” he says.
“Over the years, Wellsford has certainly become busier and we get about one new local customer a week. At least now we have room to expand.”