Hello and welcome to JK Auto-Tek

My name is James Kiff

I started JK Auto-Tek in 2005 by having passed through college with Student of the Year and have been dealer trained to a senior technician. It was always my ambition to start my own garage – one that would offer dealer level quality at reasonable and competitive prices.

In theory, the main dealer has a lot of advantages over an Independent Garage like JK Auto-Tek. They should have more up to date information and facilities specific to your car and have access to information from the manufacturer and to a wide range of parts for those vehicles. It’s not that straight forward.

To service/maintain/repair the modern vehicle you need technical expertise, ability, facilities, diagnostic equipment but in the end the attitude of the technician and the organisation they are part of is crucial. Many main dealers operate bonus schemes where they incentivise their technicians to work quicker.

Does this mean they are better technicians?

Or that corners are cut? At JK Auto-Tek we don’t operate such bonus schemes.

We pride ourselves on listening to our customers. We get to know you and your vehicle, so we can sensibly adapt servicing to suit your needs. Maybe you only drive it once or twice a month, maybe you are in it all day, every day. Whichever way you use your vehicle, we make sure the service matches. Fast fit centres offer servicing as well, and they can be cheaper than JK Auto-Tek, however all garage businesses exist to make money.

Fast fit service/repair centres claim to save you money because they can supply parts (e.g. tyres, exhausts and batteries) cheaper and/or they don’t charge for fitting (or maybe they make a fixed charge). What this means is that they attempt to reduce labour costs and increase sales of parts. There are two ways to reduce labour costs; use less labour and use less skilled labour. We don’t need to discuss the risks in either of those approaches.

At JK Auto-Tek we use our skill to provide you with a quality service and thorough work. We don’t hide this and in fact we want you to know that what you are paying for is better work that will make your car safer, more economical and less hassle to you.

Have you heard other garages saying they have “Fully Qualified Technicians”?

In our opinion there is no such thing as Fully Qualified. Cars and the equipment used to diagnose and repair the modern vehicle today change all the time, therefore the motor trade is something that is constantly evolving. That’s why our technicians are continually trained and encouraged to gain as many qualifications as possible and we are constantly adding to our tools and equipment. Our technicians regularly attend vehicle system training from various providers like Autologic, Bosch, Pico and Auto Inform

Along with the ever-evolving expertise of the technicians, the premises and tooling are continually evolving. This is a must when keeping up to date with the speed of which the technology is changing in the automotive world. Our workshop is equipped with some the best tooling that is available and is better than most aftermarket and independent garages in our area.

To find out more about the services we offer, call us on 01237 439 442 or click here to email us.

  • James

    James has been a keen motor enthusiast from a very early age. Growing up with a spanner in his hand completed his first full vehicle strip and rebuild by the age of 15.
    James has a passion for his job and gives great pride in what he does. James has been a keen motorcycle racer for some years – starting riding at the age of 3, he has competed in many forms of motorcycle competitions off road and on road collecting many championship wins on the way.

  • Phee

    Philippa, James’ wife has now been in charge of the ‘behind the scenes’ operations and running of JK Auto-Tek since 2009. Philippa and James worked together many years ago when James was an apprentice for the local Peugeot dealer whilst Philippa was Service receptionist.

  • Jon

    Jon is a father of 3, and like James entered the motor trade straight from school. Jon has known James since their college years. Jon came to work along side James since 2011 and now have a great working relationship, This is achieved as they share the same morals and work ethics. Jon also loves his cars, and when the weather permits loves to have some down time to go fishing.

  • Barry

    Barry is a father of 2. He joined the motor industry in 2000 and since then he has managed 3 motor factors locally, gaining vast experience of the industry. Barry and James have been friends since 2005. He joined the team as workshop manager in June 2018 to assist James in managing his business and forever moving forward.

Find Us

Kynochs Industrial Estate
East the Water
Bideford
Devon
EX39 4DT
01237 478746

Get Directions »

Opening Times

  • Monday 08:00 - 18:00
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 18:00
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00
  • Thursday 08:00 - 18:00
  • Friday 08:00 - 18:00
  • Saturday - By Appointment
  • Sunday Closed

© JK Auto-Tek - 2019

Websites for the motor industry from Garage Services Online