The new owners of Snells Beach Motors have added another string to their bow.
As well as a full mechanical servicing and repair workshop, the business opened an electric bike showroom on site at Hamatana Road this month.
“With more bike trails opening up around the area and nationwide, and the general move to electric transport, it made sense to open a local outlet,” business partner Darren ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson says.
E-bike brands stocked include KTM from Austria, UK brand Wisper and NZ’s own Smartmotion and BLACK. Prices start from around $2500.
“If someone is thinking of buying an e-bike, they really need to come in, have a chat and go for a test ride,” Hutch says. “What you ultimately buy will depend on personal preference and what you use the bike for – we have step-throughs, trail bikes, mountain bikes and folding bikes. There’s even a kid’s balance e-bike, and we stock a range of accessories.”
There is a service bay on site just for e-bikes and service can be provided for all main brands.
The new team behind Snells Beach Motors are local residents and long-time friends, Hutch and Matthew (Matt) Fahey, supported by their partners Jo and Megan who are managing the administration.
Matt has his Automotive Engineering Level 4 Cert and is running the workshop of four mechanics with administration back-up.
“Together, the mechanics have more than 70 years experience, working on everything from cars and trucks to diggers and tractors,” Fahey says. “We also do light engineering.”
For anyone operating machinery in the area, the business is a stockist for Total Oil, Ryco filters, GT Radials and Falken tyres, and can offer competitive prices and servicing.
“E-bikes are pretty awesome, but most of us are also still using cars, utes and trucks a lot in our lives and work so we’ve taken on new staff to increase our capacity to provide an efficient and timely service to keep locals moving, whatever spins your wheels.”
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