Can mobile auto electricians do the same jobs as those in a workshop?
Updated 15 Feb 2023
If you are experiencing electrical dramas with your vehicle, or are looking to get some accessories fitted, you may think that your only option is to take some time off and drop your vehicle into the local auto electrician to have this work carried out. Leaving the vehicle in their care can be difficult, as you then need to work out how to get to work and back, or pick up the kids from school, which can be difficult if you don’t have a second car.
There is a solution - mobile auto electricians. Complete with a van or truck carrying all the gear they need, mobile auto electricians can come to your workplace or your home and carry out diagnostic work or accessory fitting, leaving you free to continue on with your day without disruption. This raises a genuine question though - can mobile auto electricians carry out the same jobs as those at a traditional workshop?
What services do auto electricians offer?
Auto electricians specialise in the electrical systems fitted to modern vehicles, as well as air conditioning repairs and accessory fitting. Whether it’s diagnosing an electrical issue, fitting up a dash or reversing camera, or repairing your air conditioning system, an auto electrician can carry out these tasks, both at a workshop or as a mobile service. A list of common auto electrical services include:
- Alternator, Starter motor and battery replacement
- Dash camera installation
- LED Light Bar and spotlight installation
- Electrical system diagnosis
- Air conditioning service and repairs
- Trailer wiring and electronic brake control
Can mobile auto electricians do the same work as a workshop?
The good news is that 99% of diagnostics and repairs that can be carried out by an auto electrical workshop can also be carried out by mobile auto electricians. However, certain large repairs that require disassembly of major components may be better performed in a workshop to better allow storage of removed components.
Where can a mobile auto electrician work?
The same basic principles that apply to mobile mechanics also apply to mobile auto electricians. A flat, level surface away from traffic and out of the weather is usually required - however, they may also be able to work in a work car park.
If you live in an apartment complex, checking with the management to ensure work can be carried out on the premises beforehand is necessary, as well as making sure there is enough clearance for the mobile van or truck to access where the vehicle is located.
Having a powerpoint located close by is essential if air conditioning repairs or services are being performed, as machines will need power to operate. Mobile auto electricians cannot work on the side of the road or on grassy areas, as this can expose the auto electrician to danger.
So next time you need electrical diagnosis or repair, consider using a mobile auto electrician to carry out the necessary repairs at your home or office. Not only will this save you worrying about getting around without your car, it could potentially save you money as well.
Finding a passion for cars from a young age, Joel carried out work experience as a mechanic whilst at school before starting an apprenticeship after finishing year 12.
Joel is now the Workshop Manager at Robina Volkswagen.