AS a country, we love our DIY.
From fixing the back fence to renovating the kitchen, nothing – not even a couple of bruised fingers from a hammer – can dampen our enthusiasm.
But until now, people often haven’t had the tools, space, or expertise to do major work on their car without sending it to a mechanic.
A young Yandina brother–sister duo has harnessed the new sharing economy with their Forest Glen business and they think they’ve figured out a solution.
Former Sunshine Coast Grammar School students Olivia, 25, and Clay, 22, Muston, have opened Auto Boys Workshop, a place which offers car enthusiasts the means to work on their cars themselves.
You can hire a hoist to position your car properly, borrow the tools you might not want to buy for yourself, and Clay, a qualified mechanic, is always around to offer help and advice.
Olivia said she thought of the idea when she saw hairdressers renting out their chairs, equipment and facilities to hairdressers without a studio.
“I thought that a lot of people would like to use a hoist to work on their cars, but their only option was calling a mechanic,” she said.
“They don’t have enough space or they don’t have the right tools, because you sometimes need speciality stuff and you’re not going to spend hundreds of dollars.”
Olivia said ultimately the pair wanted the business to become a “community- based” venture, where DIYers could get together and share their experience.
“There are co-working spaces where you can come in and collaborate together, so we’re aiming to do that in the automotive industry,” she said.
There are basic packages, for people who want to bring their own tools and just need a hoist, workbench and waste oil drainer, to a complete package including all tools and mechanical assistance from Clay.
“If you’re doing something a bit more advanced and you’re not quite sure how to approach it, you can get advice and guidance from a qualified mechanic,” Olivia said.
“He’s not there to do the work for you, because you could just go to a mechanic if you wanted that, he’s more there to mentor you and look at what could go wrong.”
After doing some research on the idea, the siblings discovered a workshop in Melbourne based on a similar concept, as well as several in the US, but believe Autoboys is the first of its kind on the Sunshine Coast.
Auto Boys is in Mammoth Business Centre in Forest Glen and open seven days a week.
Phone 5453 4970 or visit www.autoboys.com.au.
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