Independent servicing and repair company Mike’s tires and autoFormerly known as Kmart Tire and Auto, it is upgrading several of its stores across Australia to provide services for electric vehicles (EVs).
Mike currently has eight sites around Australia that have been billed as EV-ready, but plans to upgrade 22 more by August of this year, bringing the total number of EV-ready locations to 30.
In addition to providing general logbook services, these 30 sites will offer “Mike EV” service packages. Specific details surrounding these EV service packages are currently opaque We don’t know the price, the length of the term, what the plus is and what is not covered.
The Kangan Institute is training and improving technicians so that they can provide EV services and support EV owners, as part of an upgrade to 30 MIC service centers to prepare EVs.
To date, 35 technicians have been trained and trained by Melbourne-based educational institutions.
Also, all 276 Micra service centers are already able to assist EV owners with basic necessities such as tires, window wipers and globes.
The company said it was “investing heavily” in its own EV network across Australia by “improving store fit-outs” and adding more EV chargers to service centers.
“The EV market in Australia is growing and we want to make sure our customers have a trusted auto expert ready to provide quality service to their customers – whether they own a car – electric, hybrid, petrol or diesel,” said Adam Pay, Managing Director of Mike.
The following is a list of 30 EV-ready service centers that Mike plans to upgrade by August 2022:
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
- Pagewood Eastgarden
- Seven Hills
- Burleigh heads
- Garden City
- Mount Omeni
- Adelaide City
- Churchill Center
- South Melbourne
- Waverly Gardens
- East Perth
This ramp-up of independent EV servicing and repair is an important step in creating a competitive and fair playing field between OEM and third-party repairmen.
When the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Motor Vehicle Services and Repair Information Sharing Scheme) Act 2021 comes into force on July 1, OEMs will be required to provide proprietary service and repair data to independent repair businesses across the country.
We will mention that many brands already sell their data, but the law will make it mandatory.
As previously detailed, Australian BYD partner EVDirect.com plans to use mycar as an official service partner. This is in addition to a retail and service partnership with car dealer group Easers Automotive.
BYD expects to begin delivery of its first EV model, the Atto 3, to the Australian market in July 2022.
This is not the first time that Mike has recently pivoted, announcing an agreement to work on official service and warranty work for AusMV – a Queensland-based company that locally rebuilds Dodge, Ford and Ram vehicles.
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