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

Shop Foreman

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

Perry

Service Advisor

I was born and raised in Prince Edward Island and my wife and I moved to this Island last year and are loving every moment of it! We try to explore a different beach every weekend or just take in the beauty that this Island offers.   

I have been in the Customer Service Industry most of my life with over 25 years of experience in one role or another.  I love working at Searle’s Auto Repair who shares my opinion that customer satisfaction is #1.  It is great to see the many antique and unique cars that customers trust us to look after.

My favorite car would be a 1973 Lada import.  Just joking, a 1967 Mustang Fastback would fit that role just fine.  Someday…

Shannon

Office Manager/Service Advisor

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.

Shannon Campbell - Administrative Assistant at Searles Auto Repair Victoria BC

Haley

Service Advisor

I dove into working with cars head first; stubborn as I am I always wanted to do all the maintenance and repairs on my vehicles. I quickly discovered my love for the automotive community and I knew I wanted to be involved in the industry. I was lucky enough to land a job as a Service Advisor at Searle’s, constantly learning about something I’m passionate about, and being able to help customers through stressful times with their vehicles can be very rewarding.

 

I drive a 99’ Toyota Altezza, I’d love to own a Nissan S15 or Toyota Chaser, I also have a soft spot for Datsun mini trucks and early 80’s Corolla wagons. Outside of the automotive world, you can find me at the gym, playing video games, snowboarding, and enjoying the outdoors.

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.

Ricky Long - auto mechanic Victoria BC at Searles Auto Repair
Mitch de Champlain - mechanic at Searles Auto Repair Victoria

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.

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

Licensed 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.

Andre

Licensed Mechanic

I’ve been in automotive industry since 2008 starting off as an apprentice. From service advising, managing and now back on the floor as a red seal technician I’ve played many different roles in my career. Now I’m happy to be getting my hands dirty again and keeping up with all the new technology that’s come over the years and to also be ready for what’s to come!

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.

Tony

Apprentice Mechanic

I was born and raised in Ontario. Always had a passion for cars. I am a 4th year automotive apprentice. My dream car is a 1969 Ford Boss 429 Mustang. My hobbies are fishing and riding my motorcycle.

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.

Carli

Shop Support

Born and raised in Victoria, BC. Just at the age of 5 my dad started introducing me to cars, slowly but surely I started to learn something new every day. Many years went by, and we slowly started getting into racing at western speedway, but not some lame class, we started building demo cars! I built my first mini figure 8 by the time I was 7 years old, and I did that for 11 years straight. I could never get tired of being around cars, and here I am at 19 years old still putting myself out there to be around cars. I’ve been working at Searle’s for almost half a year, and it’s been nothing but great times. Needless to say my favorite car is my daily, a 1995 Honda Civic Si, swapped with an Integra engine!