Took my car here for repairs and they were nothing but professional. They took the time to explain to me what was wrong, and how much it would cost BEFORE they started so there were no nasty surprises.
I have been going to Piston Cranky since I moved from the North Island, and I am so happy. They treat you like a mate, they don't talk down to you like a dummy and are more than happy to give you advice.


I have been using these people for about 5 years and have had nothing but great service, advice and workmanship. I have moved 45km away and still take 2 cars for all warrants and servicing. I highly recommend using them.


I have nothing but good things to say about this place! Fixed what was needed to get my old car a WOF and keep it on the road legally, understanding that I was on a limited budget. Also gave me a heads up on what would need to be addressed at the next warrant. My vote is for Piston Cranky.

Highly recommend these guys. We cornered them with a tricky little job on our caravan and WoF just hours before Xmas holiday knock-off! They went above and beyond to help us despite their eagerness to close. Their service and subsequent last minute WoF repair was the difference between my family and I going on an awesome Xmas caravan adventure or not. Thanks guys, we've already recommended you to several of our CHCH friends.

Dear Bill and Karen

"Our company has been using your firm's services for about eight years, since our original mechanic retired to the Marlborough Sounds.

I have always found both you and your team a knowledgeable and hard-working bunch who are a pleasure to deal with. Keeping a fleet of rental cars and six First Direct Taxis on the road can be a trial at the best of times, but has been made much easier by your efforts.

When I first became a customer, Bill and I discussed our requirements and he saw immediately why it was so important that our vehicles come in on time for their 10,000 km checks and that everything that might need fixing between services is done then, not at 11pm on a Saturday night.

As such your team have consistently done a 'nose-to-tail' inspection of each vehicle every service and our unscheduled maintenance has dropped to practically nil. This has been good for both our customers and, just as importantly, our bank account.

I look forward to continuing our relationship with you at you new premises at Piston Cranky Motors and wish you all the best.".

Best Regards

Charley Cowie

Managing Director
CICNZ Transport Services Ltd.

It is without hesitation that we acknowledge and fully support Piston Cranky Motors (The PC Automotive Company).

Piston Cranky Motors (previously known as Aylesford Automotive (2001) Ltd) are the best fully automotive community workshop in Christchurch. They have been servicing our fleet of vehicles for 9 years and never a complaint.

Their quality of workmanship combined with their pleasant attitude and respect for the customer is without question - THEY CARE.

Norm JW Dewes

Chief Executive Officer
Te Raunanga o Nga Maata Waka

"While our large fleet of business vehicles is maintained under a national maintenance plan, as a family we choose to use Aylesford Automotive for maintenance and repair on personal vehicles.

This has been the case for a number of years now, and we've always found Aylesford Automotive to be friendly, prompt and efficient, with a wide knowledge of vehicle requirements and an ability to source parts readily - even for a 1968 Mustang! I do not recall ever having to return a vehicle a second time for the same repair.

I have great trust in Aylesford Automotives ability, and have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone who wants quality work done at an honest price.

We wish them well in their expansion into modern premises and we will certainly continue to be loyal and supportive clients."

Graeme Rhind

Chief operating Officer New Zealand