Metropol catches up with Kevin Burt, who has provided specialist Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi repairs for 35 years.
What is your opinion of Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi vehicles?
Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi are the premium European marques. They are world leaders in technological development with engineering that is second to none. That is why we specialise in them.
What skills are needed to be able to repair these vehicles?
Completed qualification in automotive engineering. This enables the technician to build their skills by utilising ongoing training to embrace new technology.
What are some of the major changes you have seen in the motor industry over the years?
One that stands out to me is the increased use of plastic in all vehicles, including engine, transmission and major body components. Another change is the tremendous progression of electronic technology in the vehicle much of it operating inconspicuously and unseen by the motorist.
What is your opinion on the electric vehicle and its future?
As with most aspects of the motor vehicle, electric vehicles are not new. In fact, Henry Ford’s wife Clara owned and operated an electric vehicle as early as 1908. Henry Ford’s Model T did not have an electric starter, so the electric car was simpler to operate. The advent of the “self-starter” led to the demise of the electric car. The modern electric car has its place, but I feel the technology needed will have to improve greatly to displace the internal combustion engine in the near future.