Family and community drive business

Family business .. . Automotive Solutions Maori Hill co-owners Greg and Melinda Stevenson-Wright with their daughter Lola (4) and sons (from left) Arlo (6), VJ (8) and Phoenix (10). Absent is daughter Autumn-Lilly (18).

A Dunedin mechanic has a dream.

Automotive Solutions Maori Hill co-owner Greg Stevenson-Wright said he and his wife Melinda bought their automotive repair business at the corner of Highgate and Sim St about a year ago.

He had been working as a mechanic at the garage for nearly seven years before convincing the previous owner to sell it to him, as the family wanted to run their own business.

A dream was for his three sons to attend John McGlashan College and have them work in the business.

“The boys can come here after school and help in the workshop – we’ll have them on the counter and being all nice and polite. We’d like that, the family feel of the business.”

People had more trust in a business run by a family than one that was part of a chain, charging clients a flat rate for a job.

“Here they can talk to the owner, see they are family orientated and know that we care.”

The services the business provided included “anything and everything” – ranging from warrant of fitness checks to fitting new tyres.

Keeping safe . .. Automotive Solutions Maori Hill technician Jim Lyon does a warrant of fitness check on a trailer.

Maori Hill was a great place to do business, as the locals supported local and knew the value of keeping their vehicles maintained.

The workshop had been busy recently. The staff technician Jim Lyon and apprentice Oli Page – were working hard to keep customers happy, Mr Stevenson-Wright said.

Busy at work . . . Automotive Solutions Maori Hill apprentice Oli Page checks pressure in a tyre.

“We like to help people.”

Mrs Stevenson-Wright said her two major qualities for running a business were “honesty and loyalty”.

As part of the community, the business had given money to schools and sports teams and clubs.

“From having children, we know how hard it is for them to go on trips.”