Cars are a big part of our lives. We rely on them to get us to important places safely and stress free. That’s why you need a mechanic who takes pride in their work. If you need your car running 100% then Dodson Automotive is the place for you.
Our workshop has all the tools and equipment to maintain your vehicle in top condition and get you back on the road fast.
Today’s modern vehicle is complex and constantly evolving. Our team are trained in the latest technology and have a passion for learning and solving all types of automotive challenges.
We have a wealth of knowledge, experience and most importantly enthusiasm we are best choice for your Peugeot, Citroen or Renault in Adelaide. We share your passion for French cars and make it easy to maintain and enjoy these fantastic vehicles.
Routine servicing and maintenance is our speciality. Using only OEM approved fluids and filters, your car will keep driving like the day it left the showroom. We have access to the manufacturers service schedule so we know exactly what your car needs at every interval service.
You can trust we have the parts, the tools and the know-how to get your car fixed and back on track, fast. With an ever growing resource of suppliers, we can locate quality parts to save you time and money.
The advances of vehicle technology never stops. We keep up by equipping ourselves with top of the range diagnostic equipment. From our multi-vehicle AUTEL scan tool to the manufacturer specific software Diagbox & CAN Clip you’d find at a dealership, we can always communicate with your vehicle.
Crucial to keeping you and other road users safe. When your car needs tyres we can be your one-stop-shop. Fitting, balancing, wheel alignments and puncture repairs all in house. We use & recommend Maxxis tyres and offer competitive prices. Ask for a quote today.
Your car might be off the road but you won’t be. We have 2 loan cars, Pedro & Colin (Yes they have names!) They are very popular so bookings are essential.
When things heat up you need to keep cool. We are fully licensed to maintain and repair your vehicle’s air conditioning responsibly. We are environmentally conscious when handling automotive refrigerants.
In 2002, Will’s VW type 3 broke down. Frustrated by not being able to fix it himself, he reluctantly took it to a mechanic. After this he decided become a mechanic himself.
As an MTA host apprentice he moved from workshop to workshop until he settled in and finished his apprenticeship with the Peugeot dealer. With his certificate in hand, he went out to learn on other makes and models doing stints at different independent workshops such as a European vehicle specialists and a couple performance/tuning workshops.
After a few years Will took up an offer he couldn’t refuse back at the Peugeot dealer where he could further hone his skills on the latest technology coming out of France. He soaked up as much technical knowledge as possible as he knew the next step would be starting up his own show.
In 2015 Will Dodson took the big step of opening his own workshop. Starting with one hoist and much needed help from his Dad, Tony, it quickly grew to 3 hoists and employing 2 full time staff members.
Since 2018, Dodson Automotive has been located at 15 Maple Avenue Forestville. Our workshop is equipped with 6 hoists and a comfortable reception area. With ongoing support from our loyal customers our business continues to grow an outstanding range of services.
Owning and maintaining a French vehicle in Australia can be difficult however we have an enthusiastic team to make the experience easier so you can simply enjoy driving your car.
We have a team of mechanics with a passion for French vehicles. We drive them, fix them and learn about them every day. We have Peugeot & Citroen factory trained mechanics with years of experience and we are currently growing our knowledge with Renault bringing the 3 popular French manufacturers under one roof.
We have an ever-growing network of suppliers for sourcing parts. We keep large range of service and technical parts in stock so we can quickly source what’s needed to get your car serviced, repaired and back on the road.
We subscribe to the latest technical information for Peugeot, Citroen, DS & Renault so we are always up to date with diagnostic and repair methods. We run multiple laptops with manufacturer specific diagnostic software such as DiagBox, PP2000, Lexia 3 & CAN Clip.
If you want a mechanic that lives and breathes French cars, This is the place for you.
Will competes in motorsport events in his Citroen C4 VTS running the EW10J4S 2.0l making 180hp. It has been prepared for hill climbs and tarmac rally events.
2019 started off with success at the Collingrove Hill Climb Winter Cup 2019 and claiming outright fastest for his class. He also competed at Willunga Hill Climb posting a 1m40s coming 3rd in his class. Then the big one, the real rally experience of the Spirit Tour in the Adelaide Rally. With Co-driver James Leonard they tackled every turn of the 27 stages over 3 days and brought the C4 home in one piece.
3 track days at The Bend were the only option during Covid 19 lockdown taking on 3 different variations of The Bend circuit, testing different brake pads and finding EBC Yellow to hold up to the heat. Willunga Hill Climb in December finished off the year however mechanical trouble with the gear selector ended the day early.
2021 saw the return of the Adelaide Rally in March. Once again Will & James finished the rally posting respectable stage times which would have placed well in the competitive categories. This encouraged Will to enter the Challenge category for the next rally which was announced to be held again in its normal November date.
Challenge category requires a lot more safety precautions. James could no longer join alongside, so long-time friend Jason De Innocentis jumped at the opportunity. The car now has a full roll cage installed and the boys have been fitted out with full OMP race suits and Bell helmets with intercoms. Jason reads full pace notes to instruct Will of each turn, over 4 days. Jason & Will have completed 2 Adelaide Rallies now. Adelaide Rally 2023 will be held 16-19 of November. Lots of spectator opportunities so come take a look!
Some new modifications for the upcoming rally include an ECU Master EMU Black standalone engine management computer, a full engine build with Wossner high compression pistons, PEC forged rods and Cat Cams performance camshafts, 1000CC injectors tuned for E85 fuel. Existing modifications include, Bilstein suspension, Quaife Trans-X limited slip differential, ACS Extreme heavy-duty clutch, EBC and RDA sports brakes, Michelin Cup 2 tyres and 2 x Sparco race seats. Will has also made the custom exhaust system and custom cold air intake which give the high revving engine all the noise it deserves.
Fantastic service, fixed an issue with a Renault that no one else was able to help with. Thanks Tony and team!
Dodsons is a great place to take you car for any type of reason. The guys are young, professional and are very informative and clear with their information. They have great attention to detail and do the job they say they're going to do, always with a friendly smile. Have had zero issues with Dodsons and would definitely recommend them. Great service, great place, great staff.
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15 Maple Ave, Forestville, SA 5035
Workshop hours: Monday to Friday 8.15am – 4.45pm
Office hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.30pm
Afterhours vehicle drop off & pick available upon request.