Man and woman in Selwyn Auto monogrammed work clothes in front of a rack of tires

During lockdown, many cars sat in garages collecting dust. Now as we all head back on the roads, it’s time to make sure they are running and road safe.

Selwyn Auto and Jones Road Auto have put their foot back on the accelerator, owners Lisa and Nigel Fleck say. After servicing essential worker cars during Alert Level 4, along with appointment only WOFs in Level 3 their usual ‘WOF while you wait’ at Jones Road Auto has resumed, but people must wait in their cars until they reach the front of the queue.

Car lovers Nigel and Lisa Fleck started Jones Road Auto’s engine in 2012, with Selwyn Auto opening four years later for Lincoln and Springston customers.

Their business has grown rapidly, from two to 15 local staff members, providing over a thousand WOFs to Selwyn customers a month. The business was recently recognised by Auto Super Shoppes as one of New Zealand’s biggest automotive stores.

“It’s nice to be nationally recognised, especially when we are like a little old mum and dad business from Rolleston. We never expected it, it just kind of organically happened and I think it’s definitely because of our local community.”

Lisa is thrilled to see her customers returning and grateful to them for consciously choosing to shop local. Being a part of the community is something Lisa admires most about working in Selwyn. “On a personal level for Nigel and I, it’s the satisfaction of being a part of a community and we are really proud to be a part of it.”

The store gets involved with the Selwyn Motor Fest and provides sponsorships to local schools, sports clubs and community groups, including Rolleston Rugby Club and Waikirikiri Hockey. “We try and give back as much as we can, those are the people who support us so it’s really nice to support them back.”