Seymour Telegraph

Skippy Automotive doesn’t miss a beat

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Skippy Automotive is a quiet success story that has even surprised even its founders.

Param Patel is a 25-year-old entreprene­ur who leads a team of six tradesmen specialisi­ng in auto-electrics, mechanical repairs and fabricatio­n.

“To be honest, I didn’t expect to be this busy so early in my career,” Param said during his lunch break.

The idea for the business originated at Swinburne University when Param studied for a Bachelor of I.T.

“I bought a cruiser to restore on weekends,” he said with a laugh. “That’s when I fell in love with cars.”

The young businessma­n added automotive engineerin­g to his subjects. This was not a light decision because, as a full fee-paying internatio­nal student, he was already committed to paying $22,000 for his first degree.

In 2016, Param and his family visited Tallarook and felt right at home in the ranges. They bought a farm and then a factory on McIntyre St.

“My family has been in business for generation­s,” Param said.

“It’s in my blood.” Param’s brother and business partner, Parth, ran an internet site called Skippy Deals. The transition to Skippy Automotive seemed only natural.

“We opened our doors on February 2, 2021, and our first

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customer was Ray Davis,” Param said.

“He owns a 2012 VE Commodore and he brought it in for a service.”

The success that the business has enjoyed was not unexpected. Param counted the reasons on his fingers.

“First of all we love what we do. And I think that shows,” he said.

“Secondly, we made a conscious decision to be service-based instead of product-centred. Our customers are important to us and it’s important that we listen and give them what they want.”

Param agreed the business had a positive family feel about it. “Absolutely,” he said.

“We are a family and our families even talk to one another.”

Along the way, the business has enjoyed good fortune, including missing the COVID-19 pandemic and last year’s floods.

“We have been lucky,” Param said. “But you know, the harder we work, the luckier we seem to get.”

— By Geoffrey Johnstone, Seymour Baptist Church pastor

Spreading the word: Skippy Automotive had a stall at the Seymour Alternativ­e Farming Expo.

 ?? ?? Param Patel prides his business, Skippy Automotive, on employing local staff, as well as using Australian-made steel and car accessorie­s.
Param Patel prides his business, Skippy Automotive, on employing local staff, as well as using Australian-made steel and car accessorie­s.

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