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Alan with blue MorganAbout Sussex Automotive

Sussex Automotive Ltd. is a family run business located in Parksville, BC on Vancouver Island. Owners Alan Petrie and wife Anji take pride in the way their customers are served with the emphasis on honestly and integrity. First class workmanship is the norm as each car is inspected, serviced, overhauled or completely restored.

At Sussex Automotive a wide variety of British Cars are regular visitors for routine maintenance, computer scanning and repair. Often a road test with the customer is carried out to identify a problem and to make sure the customers concerns are understood. This is followed by a visual inspection on the hoist while the customer is present. We find this helpful to our customers so that they can see for themselves what repairs are needed. An estimate of costs is then given. For new customers a thorough safety inspection is carried out and necessary maintenance and repairs are prioritized.

Alan served a traditional apprentice period in the U.K. working at a large Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Daimler and Jensen dealership. It was here that the qualities of caring about the way a repair or service is performed were learned and have remained since 1967. Promotion to workshop foreman responsible for many very valuable vehicles and their discerning owners was a reward well deserved. Alan worked on celebrities cars including:  Sir Richard Attenborough, Sir Freddie Laker, John Cooper (of Mini Cooper fame), Ronnie Corbett, and The City of London Rolls Royce Limousines. Since emigrating to Canada in 1987, Alan has continued his passion for working on British cars as well as spending 5 years at a Honda dealership.

Our other mechanic Eric Bradley brings many years of experience maintaining British cars including working at a Jaguar specialist shop in Vancouver. Eric has also owned Mini’s and Jaguars and currently drives an MGB.

Anji is responsible for bookkeeping, advertising and general office administration.