A Proud History

The Motor Shoppe is locally owned and operated by the Prior Family. Steve and Janelle started The Motor Shoppe in 1995. 

Steve has been a Motor Mechanic since March 1986, completing his Trade certificate with Honours at Butlers Toyota, Toowoomba.  Following a long career at Butlers, he then went to another local Toowoomba mechanical garage before making the huge decision to try to make a go of his own workshop.

The Motor Shoppe was born in 1995 in humble beginnings in a shed behind Sarquis Bros Used Cars, Ruthven Street. 

Steve and Janelle were then blessed with the arrival of their first child, Morgan Maree in 1996 followed by Cooper George in 1998.  These were busy years as they tried so hard to build their business up and raise their beautiful babies who are now grown up and starting their own adult lives.

It was around this time a young boy, James Hewson, straight from school started work experience. This young man showed a keen and talented interest in motor mechanics. Steve wanted to give this kid a start to his career, that he too was lucky to have received.

James is no longer with us and has moved on with his own business but is still in regular contact with us. 

In 2011 we employed a new apprentice Liam Dall. Liam is now a fully qualified mechanic and a valued member of the team.  Liam has a keen interest in old cars and together with his fiancÚ Samantha now own a VW bug and a VW Kombi.

Steve believes in helping out so many young kids, that not too much time passes without some form of work experience happening. We support all local Toowoomba Schools and are happy to help young people experience a career in Motor Mechanics.

Not too much has changed over the years with our business.  Steve's hair has greyed more; and in 2014 Janelle had a career change and is now working at Clewett Lawyers but still drops in to visit much to our delight.

Lyn Schneider joined the team in September 2014 when Janelle left, fronting the office as receptionist/office manager and tries to keep the boys in line!

Les Wheeler joined in January 2015 and brought his experience as a mechanic and fitter of vehicle accessories such as electrical brakes, lighting, dual batteries, solar systems etc plus fitter of bull bars, tow bars etc.  He is also accredited to fit electronic rust prevention systems.

Cooper, Steve & Janelle's son, joined us on a school based traineeship, then when he finished school as an apprentice for a while, before deciding on heading off to another career path.  He does still come and work on a casual basis and we really enjoy his company.  Janelle and Steve can be very proud of the kind and wonderful gentleman he has become.

Today we still have humble premises at 238 North Street, Toowoomba and still have honest, reliable staff. 

We couldn't be happier with our home and work families.

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