About Us


About Ararat Auto & Ag Services

Here at Ararat Auto & Ag Services we are proud to be an Australian owned and operated workshop servicing our local community of Ararat. We believe that motorists in Ararat deserve the very best in customer service and technical expertise, that’s why we choose to be a part of Australia’s largest independent network of mechanical workshops, proudly backed by the biggest name in the business - Repco.

As your local Repco Authorised Service centre we have access to the best parts and training in the country and offer a Nationwide Warranty honoured at over 400 workshops across Australia.

So, wherever you go, you can rely on the experience and knowledge of Ararat Auto & Ag Services and Repco Authorised Service.

Why Ararat Auto & Ag Services is a sensible choice?

Our team of qualified vehicle inspectors is committed to providing accurate and complete assessment of your vehicle. Ararat Auto & Ag Services prides itself on being extremely thorough in our inspections, leaving nothing to chance. Your safety and your vehicle are very important to us. We'll keep you safe with our professional vehicle testing.

With a workshop equipped with the latest technology, coupled with world class technicians, we pride ourselves on providing a top of the range service delivering you, our customers, an experience with which you will be delighted.

Our Technicians and Office Administration

We have a team of versatile and qualified technicians to service your needs. They bring expertise in agricultural machinery, LPG conversions and maintenance, diesel and general mechanical repairs and servicing. We pride ourselves on providing you the best mechanics to work on your vehicles. Our agricultural mechanics have many years of experience repairing and servicing a vast range of equipment.

Our administration staff provide an efficient friendly service bringing to you years of experience in attending to customer's requirements.

Terry Peatt: (Owner/ Manager) Qualified Mechanic, fully qualified with AAFRB as an automotive gas installer. Qualified roadworthy tester for light and heavy vehicles. Member of IAME (Institute for Automotive Mechanical Engineers). VACC member. Previously Ararat Mid City Service Centre in Barkly St, Ararat, and currently Ararat Automotive Services. Terry has been converting cars to gas for over 30 years. Widely experienced in all forms of mechanics and repair work from cars, trucks, tractors, forklifts and trailers.

Terry has a fleet of Deutz tractors which the company uses for roadside slashing contracts. Terry has many years of experience driving and maintaining Deutz Fahr tractors. Terry is available to discuss your Deutz tractor requirements should you need any technical information.

Kerry Hammond: (Owner/Manager) Kerry is joint owner with Terry. Kerry manages and oversees all administration, works on the front line in customer service and tractor sales, and behind the scenes in the management of the business.

The team at Ararat Auto & Ag Services are committed to excellence.

As a Repco Authorised Car Service Centre we provide high quality customer service and superior workmanship, ensuring our customers receive the very best in automotive care.

Our History

Kerry Hammond and Terry Peatt have grown their farm machinery dealership Ararat Auto & Ag Services by keeping their options open in business.

When Kerry Hammond first met her partner Terry Peatt, he was working as a mechanic in his father’s business Caltex Mid City Service Centre opposite the local picture theatre in the main street of Ararat. At the time it was a service station and a mechanical repair business.

Born locally, Hammond went to Ararat High School, while Peatt grew up in Buangor on a small rural property. They went to the same school and travelled on the same school bus, but life being the way it is, they didn’t really have much to do with each other until later in life.

Hammond’s parents and grandparents were all farmers, and she spent all her childhood and teenage years on the farm, apart from when studying in Ballarat to become a teacher in her late teens.

Meanwhile Peatt grew up around machines and trucks, with a keen interest in anything mechanical. Completing his apprenticeship at the local General Motors Holden dealer, he worked on trucks and cars and later as a mechanical fitter and welder on construction sites in Gippsland and Newcastle.

Soon after Hammond and Peatt met in 2004, Peatt’s father Bill passed away unexpectedly, but not before passing on some valuable business tips. He also showed Kerry how to do the bookwork by hand. "Bill Peatt was a very astute business man, and was the driving force behind the innovations surrounding the local Ararat RSL complex in his day," Hammond says. "He is well known in Ararat for his contribution to the RSL." Hammond asserts both she and Peatt are completely driven. "I think that’s why we work well together as a team," she says. "We both work hard on what we are trying to achieve."

When an opportunity came along to lease, and finally buy, a commercial site previously owned by the local Toyota Dealer on the busy Western Highway, they jumped at the opportunity. "We felt owning our own site was important to give us flexibility," Hammond says. The farm machinery sales and service side of the business has evolved from Hammond and Peatt’s automotive repair and maintenance business which specialised in LPG conversions and roadworthy inspections.



Trading Hours: Open Monday to Friday 8:00AM to 5:30PM and Saturdays from 8:00AM to 12:00PM 

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