4WD and Performance

4WD Servicing and Performance Upgrades Tweed Heads

A1 Automotive Suspension and Exhausts are a team of experienced mechanics specialising in 4WD servicing and performance upgrades for all makes and models. Our sister business, 4×4 Tweed Heads, has been established specifically to service the needs of our 4WD customers and we have invested in specialist tools and equipment to ensure that our mechanical workshop is fully equipped to cater to the requirements of 4WD drivers.

For more information about our full range of 4WD capabilities, please get in touch on (07) 5524 3411 or visit the 4×4 Tweed Heads website.

4WD Servicing:

Our team of experienced mechanics have been servicing the Tweed Heads community for over 30 years. We are all 4WD enthusiasts and most of us drive 4X4s ourselves. We provide full logbook and general servicing to all makes and models of 4WD and light commercial vehicles, using high-quality parts, oil and materials to ensure that your vehicle is well cared for.

Performance, Protection and Upgrades:

We offer a number of different performance upgrades to suit the needs of your vehicle. Whether you’re taking your car off road to go beach camping, or planning a long distance drive to the Northern Territory, our team will discuss the needs of your vehicle and make recommendations based on your specific requirements.

Some of the common performance upgrades we do include:

  • Bull bars and winches
  • Driving lights and lightbars
  • Premium underbody protection
  • Tow and rear protection bars
  • Side steps and rails
  • Recovery points
  • Suspension upgrades
  • Dual battery systems
  • Ute tub liners
  • Canopies and roof racks
  • Awnings and rooftop tents
  • Suspension upgrades
  • Exhaust systems
  • Tunit Chips
  • Snorkel upgrades

For more information, please visit the 4×4 Tweed Heads website.

4WD Servicing Tweed Heads

Get in touch with A1 Automotive to discuss our full range of mechanical services or to book in your vehicle. Call (07) 5524 3411

Fleet and Commercial

Tweed Heads Fleet and Commercial Mechanics

A1 Automotive Suspension and Exhausts are fleet and commercial mechanics based in Tweed Heads. We provide a range of mechanical services tailored to suit the requirements of commercial businesses with fleets including regular servicing schedules, bulk pricing and flexible operating hours.

For more information about our commercial services for fleets or to discuss a quote, please get in touch on (07) 5524 3411

Commercial Vehicle Servicing:

Our team have been operating in Tweed Heads for over 30 years, providing local business owners with high-quality, fast and affordable mechanical services that they can rely. We understand that every minute your commercial vehicles aren’t on the road costs your business money and we work quickly to ensure minimal down time for your cars. We also provide priority servicing and flexible operating hours with drop off available on Saturday mornings where required.

We have a team of full-qualified mechanics who can work on all makes and models of passenger, 4WD and light commercial vehicles. Our workshop has the capacity to cater to vehicles up to 4.5 tonne, and we continuously re-invest in our tools and equipment to ensure that we have the latest technology available.

In addition to regular and logbook servicing for your commercial vehicles, we can provide a full range of mechanical services including:

  • Roadworthy and Blue Slips
  • Diagnostics and Repairs
  • Suspension and Exhausts
  • Wheel Alignments
  • Brake and Clutch Servicing
  • Engine Refits
  • Auto Electrical Repairs and Upgrades

Our team can help you manage your servicing schedule to ensure that all of your commercial vehicles remain in good condition, optimising their fuel efficiency and reducing the risk of breakdowns or repairs. For more information about how A1 Automotive can service your fleet, please get in touch on (07) 5524 3411.

Fleets and Commercial Vehicles

Get in touch with A1 Automotive to discuss our full range of mechanical services or to book in your vehicle. Call (07) 5524 3411


Logbook & Regular Servicing

Tweed Heads Logbook Servicing

A1 Automotive provide affordable Tweed Heads logbook servicing, retaining your new car warranty without dealer pricing. Our team have served the wider Tweed Heads area for over thirty years and are equipped with the skill, knowledge and equipment to service any make and model.

Get in touch with us today on (07) 5524 3411 to book a service.

Logbook Service:

All cars we service are done in accordance with the maintenance schedule and logbook, and we use OEM parts when dictated by the manufacturer to retain your new car warranty. We only use high quality parts and good quality synthetic oil.

Each service includes:

  • Road test
  • Injector cleaning
  • Brake, tyre and suspension inspection
  • Oil and filter change

Plus, anything else dictated by your car’s service schedule.

We start all services with a test drive to make sure everything feels as it should. From there, we comprehensively inspect your car from bumper to bumper to ensure your safety and to pick up on any looming maintenance concerns.

Little things like wiper blade replacements are complimentary, and we’ll make sure your car is topped up with all fluids and good to go until the next service. After the service is complete, we’ll take a note of any items of concern or future maintenance items, so you can financially prepare for the next service.

Keep your new car warranty:

We’re equipped to work on all makes and models without affecting your new car warranty – you don’t have to spend so much at the dealer! Australian consumer law allows any independent mechanic to work on new cars, without affecting their warranty. A1 Automotive follows all servicing procedures and uses OEM parts to ensure you keep your warranty, without the costly prices of dealer servicing. Get the attention to detail your new car deserves with work from a trusted independent mechanic.

Convenient servicing

On the road all week? Drop your car off on Saturday morning to get your service completed at a more convenient time. We only offer Saturdays by appointment, so please give us a call in advance on (07) 5524 3411. We pick up the phone after hours if you’re too busy to book an appointment during the day, or if you’ve run into car troubles outside of business hours.

Tweed Heads Logbook Servicing

Get in touch with A1 Automotive Tweed Heads to discuss our full range of mechanical services or to book in your vehicle. Call (07) 5524 3411

Roadworthy & Blue Slips

Tweed Heads Roadworthy Inspection

A1 Automotive provide Tweed Heads roadworthy inspections for pink and blue slips. Our team have over 30 years of experience serving the Tweed Heads area and we’ll make sure your car is certified safe with short turnaround times. Book in a roadworthy inspection to obtain your pink or blue slip today.

Call (07) 5524 3411 to arrange an appointment.

The Importance of a Roadworthy Inspection:

The penalties of a roadworthy, which includes fines, demerit points and more, aren’t worth it when you consider the low price of roadworthy certification. Roadworthy certificates take half an hour to obtain, are set at a small fixed price, and give you the peace of mind that your vehicle is safe for you and your family.

While conducting the inspection, we might find other items that require attention outside of the scope of the roadworthy, which can help you financially prepare for your next service. Likewise, we can bundle up a roadworthy inspection with your next service.

Pink and Blue Slip Inspections:

Pink slips are the roadworthy certification most NSW drivers are familiar with. You usually require a pink slip certification before your next registration period. Pink slip certification ensures your vehicle is safe for use on public roads.

Once you’ve obtained a pink slip certificate, you’ll have 42 days to get your car registered again. Pink slip certification is charged at a fixed price and can usually be done in half an hour. It includes a road test and an inspection of brakes, suspension, tyres and safety equipment.

Blue slips, on the other hand, are necessary when a used vehicle is currently unregistered in New South Wales, which also includes new residents coming from interstate.

If you’ve just moved into New South Wales from Queensland, it’s important that you get this done as soon as possible as you can be subjected to fines and even plate confiscation. Just like pink slips, you have 42 days from the date of inspection to get your vehicle registered.

The inspections for pink and blue slips are largely the same, but it’s important to remember that all vehicles unregistered in New South Wales must obtain a blue slip if you intend to garage it in New South Wales and drive on public roads. Larger trailers (over 251kg) and caravans (over 411kg) also require a pink slip safety inspection.

Tweed Heads Roadworth Inspections

Get in touch with A1 Automotive Tweed Heads to discuss our full range of mechanical services or to book in your vehicle. Call (07) 5524 3411

Pre-Purchase Inspections

Tweed Heads Pre-Purchase Inspections

A1 Automotive provide thorough Tweed Heads pre-purchase inspection services, identifying faults for peace of mind before your next car purchase. We’ve been servicing the wider Tweed Heads area with high quality mechanical services for over 30 years and have built a reputation for attention to detail and honest assessment. We go into extensive detail when conducting our assessments to ensure you have as much information as possible about the vehicle you intend to purchase.

Give us a call on (07) 5524 3411 to arrange a pre-purchase inspection at our South Tweed Heads workshop. To cater to the schedule of you and the seller, we also offer Saturday inspections by appointment when necessary.

Isn’t a roadworthy inspection enough?

Although all 5+ year old cars require a roadworthy inspection before each rego renewal, a roadworthy inspection only ensures the safety, not the quality of your vehicle. A pre-purchase inspection is much more thorough and allows you to understand what kind of life the vehicle has been through before you purchase. We’ll be able to determine any likely future costs and determine whether the car is worth market value after repairs, which gives you greater leverage when negotiating a price.

Your pre-purchase inspection includes:

  • Accident assessment
  • Service history check
  • Underbody assessment
  • Suspension, brake and tyre check
  • Engine health assessment
  • Interior & accessory assessment
  • Road testing

After all testing is complete, you’ll get a comprehensive report identifying any issues that need attention.

A1 Automotive are only equipped to conduct in-workshop inspections, and we do this because we care about attention to detail. Mobile inspections are limited in that the full condition of the chassis, engine, suspension and other vital components cannot be fully assessed without a hoist.

We use the NRMA 150-point inspection criteria to determine as many problems as possible before you purchase. To start off, we put the car on a hoist and assess the wheel alignment and underbody condition, which allows us to immediately see if the car has been involved in an accident previously. From there, we continue through the comprehensive inspection criteria and conduct a road test.

Tweed Heads Pre-Purchase Inspections

Get in touch with A1 Automotive Tweed Heads to discuss our full range of mechanical services or to book in your vehicle. Call (07) 5524 3411


Tweed Heads Diagnostics and Repairs

A1 Automotive are a mechanical workshop based in Tweed Heads providing diagnostics and repair services for all makes and models. Our team have over 30 years of industry experience and a strong reputation for being able to identify and repair all types of vehicle problems.  Whether your check engine light is on or you’ve got a rattle that’s worrying you, bring your car into our workshop for expert mechanical diagnosis from our skilled team. Call (07) 5524 3411 today.

Auto-Electrical Diagnosis:

We use a combination of old-fashioned mechanical know-how and modern scanning equipment to determine the root cause of any problems you’ve been facing with your vehicle. For carburetted vehicles or vehicles without an ECU, manual diagnosis of engine faults and electrical problems can be conducted in-house.

Our team have serviced the Tweed Heads area for over thirty years and some of us have over fifty years’ experience in the mechanical industry. There’s not much we haven’t seen before and we’re always staying on top of modern vehicle technology.

Common problems we diagnose include:

  • Engine not starting / rough start
  • Rough idle / misfires
  • Unusual engine noises
  • Check engine lights
  • Lighting and safety equipment faults
  • Automatic & manual transmission faults

Our auto-electrical diagnosis is more than just relying on a scanning tool; we use our decades of experience to determine the likely cause of any symptoms you’re facing. We want to fix the problem for good – not see you back with the same problem in a week.

For more advanced auto-electrical faults that are difficult to diagnose with conventional equipment or require complex rewiring, we can outsource to a specialist auto-electrician. We’re equipped with the knowledge, experience and equipment to handle most auto-electrical faults in-house.

Exhaust and Suspension Diagnosis:

Exhaust and suspension faults we diagnose and repair include:

  • Exhaust leaks and rattles
  • Loud exhaust
  • Rough ride quality
  • Squeaking suspension
  • Vibrations at certain speeds
  • Clogged diesel particulate filter
  • Faulty catalytic converter

Tweed Heads Diagnostics and Repairs Services

Get in touch with A1 Automotive Tweed Heads to discuss our full range of mechanical services or to book in your vehicle. Call (07) 5524 3411

Suspension & Exhausts

Tweed Heads Suspension Upgrades & Exhaust Installation

A1 Automotive Tweed Heads specialise in suspension upgrades and exhaust installation for all makes and models, including 4WDs. Our team of qualified mechanics have been providing high-quality and reliable mechanical services in the area for over 30 years and have a strong reputation for providing professional service and fair, affordable prices.

In addition to standard business hours, we offer Saturday serves by appointment so you can bring your vehicle in at a more convenient time. Book in an appointment with our friendly team on (07) 5524 3411.

Suspension upgrades and repairs:

Our advanced suspension diagnostic equipment allows us to safely replicate the problems you’re having on the road and identify the cause. Rattles, bumpy rides, or vibrating noises… we’ll get to the bottom of whatever is causing you strife and making you feel unsafe on the road.

Suspension works we perform include:

  • Coilover installation and setup
  • Shock absorber upgrades
  • Leaf suspension upgrades
  • Bushing replacement
  • Suspension diagnostics and repair
  • Lowering kit installation

One of our areas of expertise is performance and 4×4 suspension installation and setup. We’ve got specialised equipment, hoists and diagnostic tools to get your suspension system feeling the way you like it. We can tune suspension for comfort, performance, or the right mix between the two. If you’re unsure what brand or suspension setup would best suit your needs, we can recommend suspension packages based on our own experiences.

Exhaust systems:

Whether you’ve got a rattling exhaust that needs some touching up, or want a complete performance exhaust installation, A1 Automotive have got you covered. We’ve got the equipment, experience and expert advice to ensure your vehicle sounds and runs perfectly.

Common exhaust works we perform include:

  • Exhaust repair
  • Catalytic converter removal & replacement
  • Muffler removal & replacement
  • Performance exhaust installation
  • Custom exhaust fabrication & installation
  • Heat shielding installation

We’ve got welding and pipe bending equipment to build custom exhaust systems to your specifications. However, for more common vehicles, it can be more cost-effective to get an off-the-shelf solution, which we can also install. If you’ve bought an off-the-shelf exhaust product that doesn’t quite fit properly, we can make adjustments to ensure it fits snug without any rattles, vibrations or other problems.

Suspension Upgrades and Exhaust Repairs

Get in touch with A1 Automotive Tweed Heads to discuss our full range of mechanical services or to book in your vehicle. Call (07) 5524 3411

Wheel Alignment

Front and Rear Wheel Alignment Services

A1 Automotive provide front and rear wheel alignment services at our Tweed Heads mechanical workshop. We have been operating for over 30 years and our team of qualified and experienced mechanics understand the importance of correct wheel alignment for driveability, fuel economy and most importantly, safety. We can perform wheel alignments on all makes and models including 4WDs.

For more information or to book your car in for a wheel alignment, please get in touch on (07) 5524 3411

Front and Rear Wheel Alignments:

We believe that maintaining correct wheel alignment on a vehicle, along with regularly checking and servicing its steering and suspension system can save you a lot of money in the long run. Correct wheel alignment not only maximises the lifespan of your tyres due to a reduction in tyre wear but it can also lead to increase fuel economy.

At A1 Automotive Suspension and Exhausts, our team have the skills, experience and equipment to perform front and rear wheel alignments on any make or model of vehicle with rim sizes up to 20 inches. This generally includes all passenger vehicles, 4WDs as well as light commercial vehicles such as utes and vans.

Convenient Service:

Our team pride ourselves on providing fast, convenient and affordable services. Located in Tweed Heads, our workshop is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm and we also offer Saturday appointments from 8am to 12noon, although you must book these in advance.

We also offer a local drop-off service within a 20km radius for anyone who needs to drop their car in the morning and requires a ride to work.

Tweed Heads Wheel Alignment Services

Get in touch with A1 Automotive to discuss our full range of mechanical services or to book in your vehicle. Call (07) 5524 3411

Brake and Clutch

Tweed Heads Brake Servicing & Clutch Replacement

A1 Automotive in Tweed Heads provide brake servicing and clutch replacement services for all makes and models of passenger vehicles, 4WDs and light commercial. Our mechanical workshop has been custom fitted to a high industry standard and our experienced team of qualified mechanics have been servicing Tweed Heads and surrounding areas for over 30 years.

For more information about our brake servicing and clutch replacement services, please get in touch on (07) 5524 3411.

Brake Servicing:

For routine or emergency break repairs, visit A1 Automotive. Our team use specialist equipment to identify faults and assess wear. We’ll make sure your brakes are in tip-top condition to keep you, your family and other road users safe. We source a broad range of pad and disc brands to provide budget-friendly options.

Brake servicing includes:

  • Disc machining
  • Pad replacement and adjustment
  • Brake bleeding
  • Brake line replacement
  • Disc replacement
  • Performance brake kit installation

In all our services, we conduct an analysis of brake wear. Even if you don’t require brake servicing at your current service, we’ll give you an estimate of the lifespan on your current pads and discs so you can financially prepare for the next service.

Clutch Replacement:

We install OEM and aftermarket clutch replacements to suit a wide variety of budget and performance requirements. Our team will provide expert advice based on your needs and budget.

Many of our 4×4 customers tow heavy caravans, trailers and boats, and we can install clutches to accommodate the more intense strain on the transmission. If you’re worried about the durability of your stock clutch, we can source and install a heavy-duty clutch designed for your vehicle. Likewise, we’ve got performance clutches, including organic and semi-organic dual and triple-plate clutches for high performance applications.

All our clutch suppliers provide warranties, but some may require flywheel machining for this warranty to apply. We can conduct flywheel machining in-house if your flywheel is looking warped or damaged. This ensures greater clutch durability. For greater performance, some of our customers opt for lightened flywheels, which we can also install.

Thorough Installation:

Our team thoroughly inspect your vehicle before conducting repairs and maintenance. We take the extra effort when installing your new brakes and clutch to ensure that surrounding components are still in good working order. Regardless of what we’re servicing, we like to let our customers know if there’s any potential issues that lay ahead so they can take care of it now or prepare for it at their next service.

Brake Servicing and Clutch Replacement Services

Get in touch with A1 Automotive to discuss our full range of mechanical services or to book in your vehicle. Call (07) 5524 3411

Engine refits

Tweed Heads Engine Replacement

A1 Automotive Suspension and Exhausts provide engine replacement and refit services in our Tweed Heads mechanical workshop. Our team have access to state of the art equipment and facilities, enabling them to provide high-quality services for affordable prices and with a fast turnaround time. We only use high-quality parts for our engine replacement services and we will always discuss all of your options with you so that you can decide what is best for your budget and requirements.

For more information about our engine refit services or to discuss your vehicle, please get in touch with us on (07) 5524 3411

High quality engine replacements:

We only source engines that are in good working order to ensure our customers get good mileage for years to come. Our engines are sourced from reputable local dismantlers and smash repairers who we’ve used for years. We follow strict criteria when selecting an engine, including service history, mileage, age, and evidence of other faults.

If an engine can’t be sourced locally, we can look at options elsewhere. We regularly source rebuilt motors from interstate, ensuring greater reliability. On newer vehicles, we may even be able to source a brand-new motor. We’ll give you professional advice tailored to your needs and budget, based on what we believe provides the best value for money.

Professional installation:

We ensure the engine mounts and subframe are still in safe, working condition before installing the engine. We have specialised hoist systems to guarantee a perfect, snug fit every time. Your engine bay will look as clean as it did when it left the factory. All wiring harnesses and vehicle accessories are installed according to OEM specifications and we triple-check all electronics to ensure everything runs just as it did when new.

If we’ve sourced the engine from a dismantler or wrecker, engine servicing will likely be necessary, which we’ll also take care of.

Transmission and differential rebuild & replacement:

If your vehicle also requires transmission rebuilding or re-conditioning works, we can take care of that too! We use a reputable local transmissions expert, who can have your transmission back in working condition with no hassle at all. Alternatively, we may be able to source a replacement transmission package from one of our preferred suppliers.

Engine Replacement Services

Get in touch with A1 Automotive to discuss our full range of mechanical services or to book in your vehicle. Call (07) 5524 3411