Alden Automotive was formed in 1985 by close friends Aldo Chemello and Dennis King, hence the name Alden. From their early days they worked hard to establish their business with quality workmanship at an affordable price, their business grew as more and more of the local community adhered to their friendly and honest down to earth approach. When Dennis decided to retire due to ongoing back problems, Aldo continued to run the business in the same vein with his brother Enrico as the business steadily grew.
Then in 2006 Aldo himself decided to retire, unfortunately due to ill health and sold the business to another local mechanic Clive Weston who had over 40 years’ experience in the automotive industry, working locally in Tweed Heads since 1985.
Clive and Aldo became friends and shared a bond as they worked together until Aldo's retirement. Clive vowed to continue to run the business with the same values introduced by Aldo, Dennis and Enrico with good quality workmanship at affordable prices and a unique old fashioned friendly service. The business began to grow at an alarming rate where new equipment and computer technology was introduced and more mechanics were employed to keep up with demand.
In late 2007 Allan and Nikki Carnell of Twin Towns Radiators and Mechanical decided to sell the successful business they had created to Alden Automotive and take a long earned rest.
When they returned Allan joined the team at Alden where his vast knowledge and experience in radiator repairs and car repairs, along with his excellent customer service skills and work ethic Allan became invaluable to the continued growth of the business.
The following year Border Batteries And Radiators became available when the lease on their premises was not renewed, founder and current owner Bill Catlin who started the business in 1960 sold the business to Alden Automotive and relocated to their Machinery Drive premises. Bill not one for retiring also joined the team at Alden where his experience in customising batteries for all rare applications, the repairing of batteries and his knowledge in advising customers on the right batteries to suit their needs became invaluable, Bills expertise at repairing and recoring radiators was legendary and was a great asset, as the business continued to grow.
In 2010 Alden Automotive than acquired another local automotive icon when they purchased the highly renowned and respected Aussie Brakes which had been serving the local community repairing brakes and supplying brake components to the trade and public in Tweed Heads South for over twenty years. Alden Automotive by this time had well and truly out grown their premises in Machinery Drive and had realised for some time that their now large data base of loyal customers deserved better. Read more...