Mechanic puts down roots
THE seed that mobile mechanic Ken Schuster and wife Susie set down in Mt Perry four years ago has blossomed into a main street business.
Mr Schuster said extending the landscaped gardens on the street front with a council grant had made a big difference.
“People prefer to leave vehicles in a place that looks neat and tidy, which reflects the care we’re going to take.”
The Schusters took on a full-time mechanic 18 months ago and an apprentice in February.
Next year they will be joined by second-year diesel fitter apprentice Bryce Dorries, from Monto.
The ribbon at the opening was cut by Valerie and Arthur Dingle, who have allowed the couple to operate the business from their shed for three years.
Mr Dingle said Mr Schuster, a former Cubby Station mechanic, arrived in 2010 to work from a mobile van one day a week, increasing to four days.
Rather than leave town for lack of a suitable business space, the Dingles rented him their shed.
“After not having a mechanic for around 15 years, I was not going to let Ken go that easy,” Mr Dingle said.
Mt Perry Mechanics provides full mechanical service and repairs.
“Here’s a facility that’s up there with everything else and we match prices to Bundy,” Mrs Schuster said.
Mt Perry mechanic Ken Schuster.