Phil Peterson: Owner and Technician
Born & raised in Manitoba, at age 16 became a horseback guide in Manitoba National Parks licenced to have up to 40 horses & clients in my care at any time. Moved to Courtenay in 1970, got class 1 license and drove truck & operated construction equipment for a time. Owned and operated KEAN Auto Services since 1974.
Red Seal qualification, and additional licences include LPG Inspector, B.C. Commercial vehicle inspector & air brake endorsement.
How long have you been a mechanic?
I’ve been doing vehicle repairs for most of my life, having grown up on a farm. I started doing repairs in the Comox Valley in 1971, and I started Phil’s Auto Service in 1974. It expanded and I changed the name to KEAN Auto Services in 1984. The rest is history.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the diagnostics. I look forward to the challenge.
What do you drive?
Chevy truck, 4×4.
What do you wish you drove?
A new Chevy 4×4, but I’d probably want a Judge too.
If you weren’t a mechanic, you would be a…
What is your most memorable experience as a mechanic?
Oddly enough, it’s a story that involves the shooting of a transmission but not the one Heather talks about.
Words of wisdom to pass on:
Maintain your vehicle so it doesn’t leave you stranded on the side of the road when it’s dark and raining.