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From the Bentley factory in the UK to SVS Autocare on the Sunshine Coast

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Fortunately for SVS Autocare, we have one of the Bentley Factory Master Technicians in our midst. Nicholas Wilkinson joined SVS Autocare just over a year ago and has fast become a valued member of our ‘family’. Nicholas worked alongside his father and brother at the Bentley factory, Crewe, UK for many years before moving to the Sunshine Coast. He brings with him a great appreciation for the finer things in life, such as quality craftsmanship and expertise.

Bentley Motors was founded by W.O. Bentley. The first car to bear his name pulled out of New Street Mews, London in 1919. From modest beginnings, the company moved from strength to strength – in a relentless pursuit of both luxury and performance.

Were it not for the brand’s five victories at Le Mans in the 1920s, plus a sixth in 2003, this combination could be seen as a contradiction in terms. In which case, it could be said that Bentley continues to create the most acclaimed contradictions on the road today. Almost a century later, W.O.’s vision continues to guide Bentley’s beliefs, actions and ambitions. Located in Crewe, England and owned by Volkswagen AG since 1998, Bentley Motors remains the definitive British luxury car company, crafting the world’s most desirable high performance grand tourers.

Our growing customer base of Bentley owners love nothing more than dropping by for a chat with Nicholas who most recently worked on this car, not only while it was being built in the Crewe workshop in the UK but also for its regular servicing at SVS Autocare on the Sunshine Coast.

Nicholas offers a clear window into the world of the Bentley brand. Pop in for a chat to Nicholas.

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Ladies with Drive

In May, while many were glued to their TV screens watching the blues and maroons battle it out, a group of Sunshine Coast ladies treated themselves to a night out at their mechanic’s workshop.

Yes, they went to the mechanic! And no, the mechanic’s workshop is not a new, trendy nightclub; it’s the place where the Sunshine Coast’s specialist European car master technicians work and play – SVS Autocare.

Jo and Carl Miller, dynamo husband and wife team and owners of SVS Autocare, recognised a need to give the wonderful ladies of the Sunshine Coast some extra special attention and self-care time. With so many women making up their client base, they could see on a day-to-day basis just how busy, committed and selfless the women of the Sunshine Coast are.

Most people know that if you want a vehicle that’s reliable, agile and efficient it’s important you give it the care, attention and fuel it needs. But not everyone considers that this is as true for your car as it is for your body – both vehicles you rely on day to day to get you where you need to go.

So Jo and Carl, together with their friendly team, hosted an entertaining and educational night at their workshop along with some great local businesses in celebration of Ladies with Drive. The workshop showed the ladies how to care for their car and themselves with some helpful tips from some incredible local experts:

  • Deni Sevenoaks, Health Essence Acupuncture
  • Michael Goodwin and his team from Ethica Private Wealth and
  • John Garnder, Nu Skin.


From changing a tyre to boosting the immune system the entertaining education was complemented with laughs, canape’s and champagne with some of the Sunshine Coast’s loveliest ladies.

The 2nd workshop in the Ladies with Drive series was held on 24th June at SVS Autocare, Unit 2, 34-36 Enterprise Street, Kunda Park.

Here’s some of the feedback we received:

“thank you Jo and Carl and your fantastic team at SVS. I was so impressed that the men encouraged me to ask all my silly questions which other ladies wanted to know as well, so I thoroughly enjoyed and learned so much about my car and maintenance – excellent work SVS – cheers Kim p.s. the food and accompaniments were excellent as well!”

“this was a great idea and the topics were interesting and concise. Well done!!”

“you have the best staff – another great effort”

The demonstrations were “really well explained with patience and it was fun with a nice atmosphere”

“extremely helpful demonstrations especially the battery demonstration, the staff very obviously love their work and where they work”

We’re planning another series of similar events, what would you like us to tackle next time? High powered vechiles? Porsche, Mercedes AMG?

Let us know your ideas and we’ll try our best to make it happen!

What Our Clients Say

As a former sales rep in the automotive industry, I’ve had the opportunity to visit over a thousand workshops between Brisbane and Bundaberg, including all of the major prestige dealerships. The SVS Autocare workshop is one of the most pristine …

Michael Lane

We have had a cars serviced with SVS Autocare several times and they are amazing!! From the moment you walk through the door, the service is fantastic and they go above and beyond what they have to. All of the …

Katrina Scotland

I’d like to thank the crew at SVS Autocare for their great service throughout the years. My car broke down last week and from the first second on the phone they were 100% professional and understanding to my needs as …

Alexander Symonds

A few months ago I had an issue with the timing chain on my Mercedes CLS. This immediately became a MAJOR problem when I received a quote from the local Mercedes dealer for over $19,000!!! As I was familiar with …

Natalee Nancarrow

I can’t speak highly enough of the service and workmanship of all at SVS. My experience began with a friendly, warm reception by the owners wife and staff. After a sympathetic ear, the owner / technician was summoned and came …

Stephen G Rado

Dear Catherine, Martin and the fabulous team at SVS, I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who had a hand in putting my Mitsubishi Pajero back on the road. After the months of drama and …


The service provided by SVS Autocare is secondary to none. All their staff are friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. They send regular reminders. They pick up our cars from work and drop them back before the end of the day or …

Dr Oliver Gunson