It all started back in my early years as a young toddler when I was around 4 or 5 years old that my love of cars and all things automotive began. I had an old Italian neighbour who lived across the court from my house and he was always busy tweaking his cars. Many a times I used to go over and help him bleed the brakes or clean and re-gap the spark plugs. I loved getting my hands dirty and nothing has changed till date.
I always wanted to have my own car repairs workshop. After graduating year 12 at Ivanhoe Boys Grammar School, I started Mechanical Engineering at Swinburne but I needed something more. University wasn’t for me. So, I started my apprenticeship as an auto technician at Shell Autocare in Eltham. The experience of working in servo brought out the young up-and-coming mechanic within me. At Vops Automotive, we treat every vehicle that comes through our door with equal care and concern.
Through my apprenticeship I was Apprentice of The Year in 1995 & 1996 and graduated in 1997. I then worked at Ultratune and learned a lot about new cars and the Ultratune way. I have taken a lot from their way of doing business and looking after customers the way I would as if it were my own shop. After 3 years my boss decided to sell and therefore I moved on to join the RACV as a Pre-Purchase Vehicle Contractor which was only for one year but I certainly learned a lot about used cars and how to check them thoroughly. We perform the same Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspections now at Vops Automotive.
Another year on I moved on to a workshop called Bulleen Automotive where I was a head mechanic and assisted in managing the shop. The relationships I made with people back then are so strong that they are still my customers to this day. Shortly after that I opened my own workshop called The Tyre Factory which was a franchise where I gained heaps of knowledge about tyres and wheels as well as suspensions, punctures and wheel alignments and tyre wear be it uneven or perfect and I also bring these skills to Vops Automotive.
For 7 years I ran the business as if it were my own. I was still dreaming of having my own workshop and hunted long and hard for the perfect shop so I could put my dream up on the front wall and call it my own – Vops Automotive. Now I am living my dream, Vops Automotive has come to fruition!!
We do vehicle repairs to most makes and models. From a 1959 Sunbeam Rapier to a 2016 Ford Ranger or Mustang. No job is too big or small. We have all the computer diagnosis & scanning equipment for most European/US/Australian vehicles. We are one big happy family and the whole crew at Vops Automotive complement each other. We are a team that will go beyond the call of duty for all our customers far and wide. We have a pick-up and delivery service, loan cars and early or late pick-up times if required.