Owner of Searles Auto Repair in Victoria - Chris Wylie


Owner/Mechanic/Service Advisor

I came to Searle’s Sept 1999 as a licensed mechanic and had the pleasure of working downstairs with Ricky and Mitch. A few years later, I moved into the office with Ken and Blake into a service advisor position. February 2010, Ken decided to retire and I took over the shop. We are keeping with the same great service that Ken has provided for over 30 years.

My favorite cars are 1960’s muscle cars, a 1967 Plymouth Barracuda coupe being my favorite. When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, hiking and cruising in my 1964 Rambler.


Service Advisor/Mechanic

I apprenticed under Ken Searle from 1986 to 1990. My favorite cars are 1960’s muscle cars, the 1967 Camaro being my favorite. I enjoy spending my weekends at the drag strip and watching football and hockey. I consider myself a predictable typical male.

Service advisor & Victoria mechanic at Searles Auto Repair - Blake Miller
Shannon Campbell - Administrative Assistant at Searles Auto Repair Victoria BC


Administrative Assistant

I am an administrative assistant who has been with Searle’s for over 5 years. Since joining the company I have taken over the role of bookkeeper and payroll administrator on top of receptionist. I come from a family of mechanics as well as a long history of previous administrative positions so the position at Searle’s is a natural fit for me.


Service Advisor/Mechanic

Ever since I could walk my grandfather had me in his garage, from that point on I knew a career in the automotive industry was my calling. After completing high school I studied Automotive Service and Repair, then moving right into work as an apprentice mechanic. Just a few short years of apprenticing I was given the opportunity to be a service adviser. Helping customers though the tough times with their vehicles is very satisfying for me and having that customer leave happy is always my main goal.

Service advisor & mechanic in Victoria at Searles Auto Repair - Andre
Searles Auto Repair mechanic Victoria BC - Jeff DeMinns



I have been at Searle’s for 7 1/2 years and completed my apprenticeship through them. I’ve always had a passion for anything with an engine. Within the recent years I have been getting into diesel engines, other than diesels, I like the diagnostic side of mechanics because I like a challenge. I’m also a big fan of muscle cars and I think my favorite car would be a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429



I offer over 30 years experience in the automotive repair industry. For the last 20 years I have been employed at Searle’s. With automotive repair, I learn something new every day, this keeps me young.

Ricky Long - auto mechanic Victoria BC at Searles Auto Repair
Mechanic apprentice, Michael Butler at Searles Auto Repair


Apprentice Mechanic

I am a fourth year apprentice and enjoy every day at Searle’s. Ten years ago, I was lucky to do work experience here and the first chance I had to return, I came back to where it all started. The diversity of Searle’s is vast and I look forward to all the information my senior mechanics have to offer me. My favorite car is the 1969 Stingray Corvette and I aspire to find one of my own one day.



I have worked at Searle’s for 17 years and have been a mechanic for more than 30 years. I get to work on a lot of classic cars. My favorites are from the 1930s to 1960s. My dream car would be a 1969 Daytona Charger.

Mitch de Champlain - mechanic at Searles Auto Repair Victoria
Female mechanic apprentice, Stephanie at Searles Auto Repair


Apprentice Mechanic

I am a first year apprentice mechanic. I have always had an interest in vehicles which was passed down from my Dad helping him work on his classics like his 1969 Camaro and 1967 Chevelle. With his passion and my boyfriend’s support, I decided mechanics was my dream.

I completed my first year ELT course and can’t wait to go back and get my Red Seal. When I don’t have my head under a hood, my favorite things to do is helping animals in need and spending time with my other half and two step sons. I’m all about the classic muscle cars and one day I’d love to have a bunch of muscle cars that I can fix up and restore, the 1970 Superbird being one of my favorites.



I am a journeyman mechanic with 10 years experience in the automotive industry.

My interest in mechanics started in my high school mechanics class where I found myself right at home learning all that I could about all types of vehicles. I knew this was the career for me and started my apprenticeship in 2006 and completed it in 2011.

I have only been a part of the Searle’s team for a short time but I’ve been here long enough to know this is an excellent shop and exactly where I want to be. My favourite cars would be 1990’s and older Honda’s but in general I like many older Japanese vehicles.

journeyman mechanic in Victoria - Kyle
Jacob - apprentice mechanic in Victoria


Apprentice Mechanic

I am a 2nd year apprentice mechanic.

I just recently started at Searle’s Auto and I am excited to start gaining more knowledge and experience.

On my days off, I am usually working on my Hit to Pass race cars which I race at Western Speedway.


Shop Support

I have been working part time at Searle’s for over 5 years. My main duties are to drive customers to work when they drop off their vehicle, pick up parts for the shop, order stock, recycle and cleaning and helping the mechanics with vehicle light checks and other simple checks.

I really enjoy talking with the customers to get to know them and why they choose Searle’s to have their vehicle serviced. On my time off, I walk our Corgi dogs and do volunteer work.

Support at Searles auto shop in Victoria - John Whylie