Daniel Stewart and his Dunlop Super Dealer team in Melton are feeling pretty chuffed. Last month, they were at the Grand Hyatt where they were announced as finalists in the Best Tyre Dealer (Small Business) category at the prestigious VACC Industry Awards night. This puts them among the top five of about 2000 dealers throughout Victoria.

Daniel says they were obviously thrilled with the achievement, but that the VACC accolade is also a mighty win for his customers.

“The three levels of VACC accreditation, fundamental to an automotive business, is like an ‘insurance policy’ for customers,” Daniel explains. “For example, we have the top VACC A-grade certification – one of only two awarded in the entire western region of Melbourne.

“We, and other businesses, can only get A-grade via invitation from the VACC, in recognition of excellence in all areas – from honesty in quoting, skills of mechanics and workshop equipment standards to strict tyre disposal and adherence to high-level procedures.

“The accreditation process is strenuous, heavily accountable and not given lightly – the VACC stake their reputation on it. All of which means our customers can be confident they’re dealing with the industry’s best.”

The winning tyre department has all the best-known brands such as Dunlop, Goodyear, Kumho, BF Goodrich and Pirelli.

All grades of 4WD tyres are in stock, as are mud terrain tyres for serious off-roaders. And there are tyres for “baby trucks” (up to five tonnes) and American pick-up trucks such as Daniel himself owns.

There’s a good range of mag wheel designs, while Daniel and crew love working on custom wheels as well.

“We’ve seen some beauties come through – big old muscle cars and hotrods like the 1932 Ford Roadster we had in or the 1950 Mercury and a ’57 Chev Belair,” he says. “We love all this because we’re all car nuts one way or another.”

The A-grade workshop is manned by mechanics who can make any car hum and know just about everything about tyres, wheels, brakes and servicing. It is equipped with the latest laser-guided technology for wheel alignments/balancing.

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Dunlop Super Dealer and Melton Total Car Care, 161 High Street, Melton. Opens 8am-5pm Monday-Friday and 8am-noon Saturday. Inquiries: 9746 0088 or see more details on Facebook