Yep, we've done it, we've gone and employed another mechanic by the name of Paul. So if you ring up and ask for 'Paul', you may experience some confusion from now on... Paul Nielson is the boss, Paul 'Pickles' is the assistant manager and Paul Robinson would be totally useless as a mechanic, but can probably help you with any administrative questions.
We would also like to welcome Ben, our new apprentice. Ben is a smart young lad, who is keen to learn and become strong in the ways of the force.
See our 'About Us' page for more detail.
As you are probably aware, WOF inspection requirements have changed. As per the NZTA website:
From 1 July 2014, vehicles first registered anywhere in the world on or after 1 January 2000 will move to annual WoF inspections for their lifetime.
For new vehicles, after an initial inspection, another WoF inspection won't be required until the 3rd anniversary of their first registration.
At Mechanix, we recommend that you do not make it a year or two between visits. There are still many things that can, and often do, wear out on your car. Tyres are a good example. If your wheels are even slightly out of alignment, you can easily chew the edges of your tyres and reduce their ability to help you stop safely. Please do keep an eye on your tyres, or just call in and see us if you have any concerns. A quick tyre inspection can take just a couple of minutes and we won't charge you anything for that!
Other small things like wiper blades and headlight bulbs can often be overlooked or forgotten, when it is actually a very simple and minor job to sort out. Equally, there are things within your vehicle that you won't notice, but were previously picked up by a WOF inspection, eg suspension issues, which again, can have a significant impact on your ability to stop!
Most accidents are of course caused by failure to stop your car in time, so good tyres, good suspension and effective brakes are vital.
Bottom line, if you are getting your vehicle checked and serviced regularly, then we should pick up on most things that could cause you problems. So don't be a stranger, make sure we can keep an eye on your car and help to keep you safe on the roads.