Finance & Support Key Factors In Workshop Upgrade

Nailing the challenges of buying a service centre
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The Mechanics, a well-known automotive repair centre located in the heart of Christchurch, has been a trusted name in the industry for over 20 years. Under the new ownership of Brad Helps, who took the reins in 2021, The Mechanics is set to soar to even greater heights of success. We had the opportunity to catch up with Brad and discuss the challenges and triumphs of buying and growing a workshop.

"When it comes to vehicle servicing, we're equipped to handle anything that fits through our doors, from Suzukis to camper vans and work vehicles," says Brad, highlighting the workshop's commitment to catering to a diverse range of customers and their needs.

Taking over an existing business meant evaluating assets such as equipment, tools, and the customer base. The Mechanics has long enjoyed popularity among the professional community of Christchurch central, attracting steady foot traffic and walk-ins.

"Treadway Equipped were really professional, and I found it really easy to talk to Jackson, Mary, and Loren. Nothing seemed to be a problem, and that's what I wanted." - Brad Helps, Owner, The Mechanics

To ensure the workshop's continued success, Brad needed to address equipment concerns, some of which required repairs or replacement. For any new business owner, this can pose a significant challenge. Thankfully, Brad discovered Treadway Equipped through the Blackfern Co-operative—an organization dedicated to supporting independent workshops across New Zealand through marketing, technology, and business facilitation.

When it came to making a decision on new equipment, Brad found Treadway Equipped to be the perfect partner. The team at Treadway Equipped, including Jackson, Mary, and Loren, displayed friendly professionalism and were readily available for discussions. "Nothing seemed to be a problem, and that's exactly what I needed," Brad remarked.

Investing in workshop equipment is a substantial commitment, necessitating careful consideration and assurance of after-sales support and training. Brad's experience with Treadway Equipped exceeded expectations, with the company providing all the necessary information to make an informed decision at his own pace.

With Treadway Equipped's expertise, The Mechanics recently upgraded their tyre bay equipment, opting for Steiner tyre changers and wheel balancers, as well as a FASEP aligner. These high-quality tools boast an excellent pedigree, ensuring superior performance for the workshop and, ultimately, the satisfaction of their valued customers.

Under Brad's leadership, The Mechanics remains dedicated to providing top-notch vehicle servicing and maintenance to the people of Christchurch. Whether it's routine maintenance or complex repairs, their expert team continues to go the extra mile, ensuring every customer leaves with a smile.

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