Hi my name is Michael Paaymans.
I am a Director and an automotive diagnostician at Pickards Automotive in Abbotsford Melbourne.
I started my career in the automotive industry in 2008 at WINTEC in Hamilton NZ, undertaking their Certificate in Motorsport. From this I was given the opportunity to complete my formal mechanical training at Lodge Auto Centre in Hastings NZ. While at Lodge Auto Centre I was heavily involved in Motorsport, working on race cars including BMW mini's, Nurburgring Honda Civics, NZV8's and classic race cars. While completing my apprenticeship I was lucky enough to be awarded 2011 MTA NZ Apprentice of the Year.
Having completed my formal training I commenced a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at Waikato University and continued to work as a technician in both single seat racing and V8ST. In 2013 I moved to Melbourne Australia to continue my Degree at RMIT University and while completing my degree I worked for an independent workshop that specialised in Jaguar and Landrover as well as servicing a range of European vehicles. While working on these marque I have learnt a lot about what can be done to both increase the life of these vehicles, as well as decrease the life time service costs.
In 2015 myself and my business partners purchased Pickards Automotive (previously Pickards of Melbourne) with the idea of offering a automotive workshop that could offer great experience and a cheaper service life for our customers vehicles. We specialise in British and European vehicles, offering all mechanical servicing as well as parts.
This blog is a series of posts about the vehicles that we work on and what we find and observe. There will also be posts about the classic cars that we work on and repair. These posts are my observations and opinions only and I implore people to comment and share their experience on the different post topics.
Thank you for checking out our blog.