Owner of Searles Auto Repair in Victoria - Chris Wylie

Chris

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.

Blake

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

Shannon

Office Administrator

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.

Andre

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
Ricky Long - auto mechanic Victoria BC at Searles Auto Repair

Ricky

Licensed Mechanic

I was born into the automotive trade. My father owned an auto repair shop and told me to get my Journeyman’s certificate after I graduated from high school. I figured I would to what I was told and then decide what I was going to be when I grow up. I completed my schooling in automotive repair and became a licensed technician in 1988. I worked in my father’s shop for a few years then moved on to other shops until I landed a job at Searle’s Auto over 15 years ago. I have pretty much done it all over the years and have a good knowledge of all makes and models of cars, trucks, large freight vans and motor homes. I have even had the pleasure of working on and building some beautiful classic cars. Ken Searle told me that it didn’t matter how long it takes to do a job as long as it was done right and possibly even better than manufacturer’s specifications. I have seen a lot of change in the auto repair industry and technological advancements continue to amaze me. I now have over 25 years in the automotive repair trade and I still haven’t figured out what I want to do when I grow up, but for now I’m happy to service your vehicle.

Mitch

Licensed Mechanic

I have always liked cars – fast ones! I enjoy working on classic cars from 1930’s to 1970’s. My dream car is a 1969 Daytona Charger or 70 Superbird.

Mitch de Champlain - mechanic at Searles Auto Repair Victoria
Mechanic apprentice, Michael Butler at Searles Auto Repair

Mike

Licensed 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.

Kyle

Licensed Mechanic

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

Jacob

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.

Tyler

Apprentice Mechanic

I have been at Searle’s for a little over ten months now and I have been enjoying every day of it. When I was younger I got into building BMX bikes with my uncle and ever since then I’ve had a passion for anything that has me wrenching. My favourite vehicle would have to be early 1970’s Chevy C10 and hope to own one in the near future. On my days off I find myself exploring the island or hiding in my garage working on one of my projects.

Allan

Shop Support

I have been a Certified Automotive Technician for 39 years. I pulled my first engine apart (Chrysler Hemi) when I was 15. I tinkered with my dad’s cars and my own “sometimes” cars through high school. I rebuilt my first V8 for my 56 Chevy when I was 19. I knew I liked fixing cars so thought I may as well try making a living from doing just that. I apprenticed at the local Chrysler dealer and moved to a high performance shop after completing my Trades Qualification. I have worked at a number of Chrysler Dealerships in Victoria and the Lower Mainland and spent 17+ years with BCAA in different roles. Muscle cars give me the greatest pleasure to work on (any make). I am an avid paddler in dragon boat and outrigger. I love to travel to new locations to experience the culture, scenery, people and their food. Recently travelled (on cruise ship) to Sicily, Malta, Corfu, Montenegro, Croatia and Serbia.

Mark

Shop Support

Born in Victoria, I attended Arbutus Jr. High and graduated from Mt. Douglas Secondary School. I completed an auto body co-op program at Camosun College and worked in various shops in Victoria. My favourite “vehicle” is a Kuwahara Cyclone 12 Speed and I enjoy touring the bike paths of the Capital Region. Working at Searle’s is an outlet of interest in cars. I appreciate the comradery of the staff and am impressed with the skills and knowledge of all departments.

Jeremy

Shop Support

Since before I can remember, my dad would have me work on cars in our garage. I can’t see myself doing anything else. I am eager to learn more and I love this shop and everyone who works here. My favourite car is a 1997 Honda NSX.