Since Adrian and Andrea Matthews established The Garage Woodend five years ago, they’ve been blown away by the level of support received from the Macedon Ranges community, with many owners of European vehicles trusting The Garage crew to service their luxury rides instead of returning to the point-of-sale dealerships.

General manager Andrea says they feel blessed to receive such support, much of which has been there from the beginning.

“We love to see our customers return again and again,” Andrea says. “It reinforces the confidence we have that we provide customer service and technical expertise at a high level, both of which are our consistent focus.”

The Macedon Ranges’ largest independent European vehicle workshop provides diagnostics and repairs, as well as servicing on cars and SUVs.

Clutch and brake replacements, timing belt and chain replacements, and professional wheel alignments, along with classic car maintenance and mechanical restorations are all part of what The Garage offers its valued customers.

Adrian, who has 30 years’ experience as an automotive technician, and Andrea with her seven years’ former work with Holden, have seen the business expand rapidly. It now employs a team of 10 and plans are afoot to continue developing new services.

“We employ a friendly, highly skilled team of technicians, factory-trained across a wide range of brands including Mercedes-Benz, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Citroen and Mitsubishi,” continues Andrea.

“We’re also committed to skilling the technicians of the future and currently have two apprentices on board.

“Looking ahead, we hope to continue training future technicians. We’re constantly investing in new technology to ensure we stay abreast of the needs of modern vehicles. This includes future investment in the tooling required to maintain driver-assistance technologies, such as cameras and radars, as well as training our team to support hybrid and electric vehicle servicing.”

Andrea and Adrian encourage customers to prepare for travel in the upcoming holiday season by having their vehicles serviced and in tip-top condition to ensure optimum safe driving on busy and potentially unfamiliar roads.

The Garage Woodend, 15 Bowen Street, Woodend. Opens 8am-6pm Monday-Friday. Inquiries: 5427 1060 or www.the-garage.biz

The Garage mechanic Jared Brooks.(Damjan Janevski)