We service motorbikes, cars, 4×4, private, light commercial, farm machinery & jet boats

Experience matters and we have it. For over 30 years we have been looking after the local community in Rakaia, servicing their automotive vehicles and jet boats.
Below are just some of the services we provide.

WOF inspections and repairs

Rakaia Automotive is a fully registered WOF inspection centre. We also have the tools, experience and facilities to make sure your car can get back on the road if it fails.

All mechanical warranty work and repairs

Rakaia Automotive can take care of all your vehicle warranty work and are a trusted service centre for all the major warranty companies.


Rakaia Automotive services brakes. We can check, adjust or replace your brakes and have a brake lathe onsite to ensure fast, accurate machining of your brake rotors. This gives you better braking efficiency by giving the brake pads a clean flat surface to work against.


Rakaia Automotive tests and replaces batteries. We can test the condition of your car battery along with the vehicles charging system. If the battery does need to be replaced we have a good range of batteries in stock and can fit the correct battery for your vehicle.

Computer scanning and diagnostics

Rakaia Automotive can plug into your car and listen to what it’s saying using the latest in scanning and diagnostic technology. This takes the guesswork out and speeds up the overall job, saving you money.

Suspension repairs

Rakaia Automotive can give your suspension the care it needs after driving on the ever-changing road surfaces around Rakaia.  If the bumps seem to be getting bigger, give us a call!

Clutch repairs

Having problems getting into gear? It could be a clutch problem! Bring your vehicle in and we can diagnose it for you. We can then repair it for you from clutch hydraulic faults through to removing the gearbox and replacing the clutch kit assembly.

Jet boat servicing & repair

Regular servicing of your jet boat with Rakaia Automotive keeps your jet boat on the water. Our experienced technicians know how to ensure your jet boat remains in premium condition, keeping you and your family safe while you explore New Zealand’s expansive waterways.

General vehicle servicing

Rakaia Automotive recommends regular servicing as it will help maintain your vehicle in top condition and reduce the likely hood of future problems and oil leaks etc. During a standard service we change the engine oil and oil filter using manufacturers specifications, check all other fluid levels such as gearbox oil, diff oils, antifreeze, power steer fluid, brake and clutch fluid. Check over for any engine gearbox of diff oil leaks, check the condition of all engine drive belts, check battery condition, inspect brake pads/shoes and discs, check tyre pressures, check wipers and washers, check clean/replace the air filter and road test.

Transmission servicing

Automatic transmission servicing is very important to the life of your vehicle and a great way to avoid long term costs. A modern gearbox should outlast the car if it is maintained and flushed on a regular basis but failing to do this will create very expensive problems. Rakaia Automotive can take care of all your transmission flushing and servicing.


Rakaia Automotive can tune up your vehicle. Keep your vehicle running at its best, fuel consumption and the power of your vehicle can be reduced by worn components, e.g. spark plugs, air filters and fuel fitters etc. During a tune-up these items are checked and if necessary replaced, returning the vehicle to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Engine overhauls

Rakaia Automotive can completely strip your engine and inspect all the parts within. These parts are checked and replaced if necessary, returning the vehicle to the manufacturer’s specifications.