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He’s talking about the efforts needed to keep up with fast-moving technology. “ The technology is changing every year and becomes harder and harder,” he says. “You have to really drive yourself to keep up. You couldn’t qualify and then sit and leave it.” Dion has been in the industry for 25 years, joining the Howick company as an auto electrician 19 years ago and part-owning it for 10. He sold it to fellow Howickians, Sally and Craig Wallen, 18 months ago. In a drive to keep up with the technology the business has become a one-stop shop for mechanical diagnostics and repairs, auto electrical, car air conditioning and marine business. “We started out as an auto electrical company,” Dion says. “But with customer demand and how technical cars were getting, it meant as well as needing mechanics to pull engines apart, we had to break out and do everything else. We had to keep up with the modern technology, such as up-to-date scanning and diagnostic tools. “You need a lot of computer skills and software to plug into cars to find out what’s wrong. You have to be prepared to invest the money.” For example, the business has formally become East Auckland’s CenturyYuasa battery fitment specialist, and has the widest range of high quality Yuasa battery products to service the Howick area. As a consequence of the changes the company’s six staff member skills cover the range, from a mechanic to auto electricians, an air conditioning specialist and special skills needed to tackle boat engines. While trailer boats are often brought into the Moore Street site, the team makes marina visits to the luxury launches and yachts. It’s a competitive area, Dion says, but the company does a lot of repeat business for its regular Howick customers. And local garages often refer the more complex problems: “ The hard problems end up here.” The team prides itself on being able to service anything from small Japanese models to the prestigious European names, including BMW/Mini, Audi VW and Mercedes. For its warrant of fitness (WOF) business, the company has installed its own diagnostic brake rolling machine to check wheel alignment and shock absorbers. It also provides a breakdown service which includes picking up local customers and delivering them home if they are having work done on their cars. The business has won several national awards from the Motor Trade Association (MTA) for its dedication to electrical and mechanical excellence. It’s also AA accredited, working in conjunction with car insurers and used car dealers in the area. Howick Auto Electrical has been operating in Howick for about 50 years and throughout that time has been a regular advertiser with the Times. “We have stuck with it [the Times] and it has always worked for us,” Dion says. “We tried radio at one time but felt it did not work as well as the local newspaper. “ The internet and our website also drives business. And there’s the old-fashioned word of mouth. “We’ve worked with many Times people over the years. They are fantastic to work with.” Doctors to cars What can you do when you reach a deadlock in a disagreement with someone and a solution cannot be found? The Disputes Tribunal can be of assistance. It’s informal, inexpensive, quick and private. The tribunal can deal with issues including disagreements over boundary fences, hire purchase agreements and the loss of property. But it cannot be used for disputes about rates, taxes, benefits, ACC payments, parenting or care of children, matrimonial property, wills and ownership of land. To bring a dispute to the tribunal you can contact the nearest District Court or visit the local Citizens Advice Bureau where the claim forms are available. A small fee is payable when the claim is lodged. At the hearing each person involved tells his or her side of the dispute so it is a good idea to write down what you want to say beforehand. Bring to the hearings any letters, forms, invoices, sales slips, receipts, copies of contracts, photographs, quotes for repairs or anything else that will help to establish the facts about the dispute. You will need to attend the hearing and are allowed to bring a support person along. But that person is not allowed to say anything at the hearing unless asked to speak by the referee. The referee will encourage both parties to discuss the dispute and may suggest ways in which it might be settled. ® Pakuranga Citizens Advice Bureau, Library Building, Pakuranga, phone 576-8331 and Botany Citizens Advice Bureau, rear Food Court entrance, Botany Town Centre, phone 271-5382 or phone 0800-267-222 for free, confidential and informative help. CAB When things go wrong go wrong BUSINESS Dion Lowe (left) has been in the industry a quarter of a century.
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