In repairing cars, a car mechanics main role is to diagnose the problem accurately and quickly. They often have to quote prices for their customers before commencing work or after partial dis-assembly for inspection. Their job may involve the repair of a specific part or the replacement of one or more parts as assemblies.
Basic vehicle maintenance is a fundamental part of a mechanic's work, although they are mainly only consulted when a vehicle is already showing signs of malfunction. Preventative maintenance is also a fundamental part of a mechanic's job, but this is not possible in the case of vehicles that are not regularly maintained by a mechanic. One misunderstood aspect of preventative maintenance is scheduled replacement of various parts, which occurs before failure to avoid far more expensive damage. Because this means that parts are replaced before any problem is observed, many vehicle owners will not understand why the expense is necessary.
With the rapid advancement in technology, the mechanic's job has evolved from purely mechanical, to include electronic technology. Because vehicles today possess complex computer and electronic systems, mechanics need to have a broader base of knowledge than in the past.
Andrew (The Boss) Jones:
Andrew started his career in 1981 working for a small independent garage. He moved on to work for South Wales Police Workshop for 14 years and became self employed in 2000. Llanishen Garage was then established in 2003. Andrew is proud of the business and the outstanding staff who now work at the garage. Andrew purchased Radyr Garage with James Greenman in 2012 and now spends most of his time at the partnership garage safe in the knowledge that Llanishen Garage is in very capable hands.
James (J.D.) Greenman:
James started his apprenticeship with Rover and finished this with Andrew at Autolec. After quenching a thirst for travelling around Australia, James returned to the U.K. where Andrew was quick to welcome him back into the fold before he was employed by somebody else! James purchased Radyr Garage in 2012 with Andrew and currently manages Llanishen Garage.
Robert (Early Bird) Costley:
Rob is Llanishen Garage's longest serving member of the team. He started his apprenticeship in 2005 and qualified in 2008. Rob is always reliable, conscientious and the first to arrive in the morning!
Jamie ('I am The Stig') Warren:
Jamie is the latest apprentice and is proving that he will be a promising auto technician. Jamie is a Welsh and Celtic Go-Kart Champion and often sings in the workshop (this attracts a lot of attention from the local cat community!) Jamie is integrating himself well into the team.
Nick (Mr. Sensible) Lewis:
Nick finished his apprenticeship at Llanishen Garage in 2012. After being impressed with his attitude to the job Andrew offered him a permanent contract. Nick is a dependable & trustworthy member of the team.