Meet the team
We have an award-winning auto service team dedicated to giving you the absolute best vehicle ownership experience. We like to offer cutting-edge contemporary maintenance with the absolute best in old world vintage customer service. Both you and your vehicle will leave here purring contentedly!
Here are some of the friendly faces you’ll meet at Fifth Avenue Auto and our most recent awards from the Greater Westside Chamber of Commerce.
Owner, Service Advisor, Licensed Automotive Technician
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Licensed Automotive Technician / Service Advisor. Kevin is a fully licensed automotive technician and has been with us since 1990. He is ASE certified and holds certificates in a number of automotive specialties including air conditioning retrofit and alternative automotive fuels. Kevin specializes in electronic engine control and operation and diagnostics. Kevin and his wife Jenn have been married since 2004 and have one son; James.
Owner, Licensed Automotive Technician
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Licensed Automotive Technician. Josh is a fully licensed Automotive Technician and has been with us since 2005. After 20 years one of our technicians (Wilf) retired so we needed another apprentice. Along came Josh with a wealth of experience right out of the chute. Everybody liked Josh, he has the “right attribute” and is a hard worker, so was a natural fit for us. Josh is very passionate about his work so he spends most of his time fiddling around with them.
Owner, Licensed Automotive Technician
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Licensed Automotive Technician. Ryan is a fully licensed Automotive Technician and joined us in 2015. Ryan started out in Vancouver but desired a better place to raise his 2 girls Riley and Teagan, Ryan and wife Krissy moved up to the Okanagan in 2010. Trying to find a good fit Ryan tried out a number of dealers and shops. When an opening came up with us he jumped at the chance and discovered the best job he’s ever had.
Apprentice Automotive Technician
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About Fifth Avenue Auto
We are a family operated, professional, courteous, squeaky clean, car, truck, RV, motorhome, service and repair shop. We have mechanics and technicians on staff who specialize in auto service for both gas and diesel.
Another great benefit to those with dealership warranties. All of our auto service is warranty approved. Get the expertise, excellent service, honesty and integrity of a family owned business and keep your dealership warranty intact!
Committed to our Customers
At Fifth Avenue Auto we are committed to our customers, community, and excellence in our auto service. We build relationships with our clients treating them fairly and with respect. By helping those in need and working to assist non-profit groups, we are dedicated to building a healthy community. We take pride in being recognized for providing the best automotive and customer service care in the industry (check out our testimonials page). It is our belief that if you look after the community you live in, it will look after you. Ask around (or visit our CUSTOMER REVIEWS page) and you will find we have an excellent reputation.
Award Winning Service
Business of the Year
Platinum Service Provider
Platinum Service Provider
Fifth Avenue Auto has been in business in West Kelowna since 1988. We were formerly located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Dobbin road, which is where the name of the business originated. A few years after opening, the city decided to rename some streets after the founders of the town, so Fifth Avenue road was changed to Hebert road. Kevan Springford and Jenny Kerkovius operated the business at that location until 1998, when they purchased a piece of property on the corner of Brown and Apollo Road. That piece of property to this day is still the location of Fifth Avenue Auto.
Over the years things changed and technicians came and went, however, some stayed around. In 1996 Kevin McFadzen started with us while his father (Wilf) was a mechanic here as well. Wilf has since retired, however, Kevin is still here to this day. Kevin has been through it all and seen the business change and transform into what it is now. He completed his entire apprenticeship here and is now a fully licensed Red Seal and ASE Technician.
2005 is where Josh comes into the picture. Josh came to us green and still in high school. He started here on a spotlight program, coming every second day, until we decided we wanted him full time. Since then he has completed his apprenticeship and is fully Red Seal certified.
In 2015 we were in need of another licensed technician and so along came Ryan. Finding someone that has the right experience and fits the “team” is not an easy task, it takes some time. When Ryan started, however, we all knew he was what we were looking for. At the time of his apprenticeship, he was working at Honda in the Yukon and completed his apprenticeship in Edmonton Alberta. Just like Kevin and Josh, Ryan also holds a Red Seal.
In 2019 after 31 years of ownership, Kevan and Jenny were ready to retire from the business. They approached Kevin, Josh and Ryan with the possibility of owning the business they all work so hard for already. It did not take long for the three of them to realize this was a great opportunity for them. Kevin, Josh and Ryan are now the proud owners of the business which has served the community for over 30 years. They look forward to giving the same level of service to the public that they have come to expect. Kevan used to joke in the past that we lose more clients to old age than anything else.
1988 – 2019
Our Mission Statement
To reduce stress, costly breakdowns & save our client money, we will:
Book your next appointment tailored to your time schedule
Perform inspections every time on every vehicle
Never proceed with any maintenance or auto repair work without customer authorization
Never present an invoice that was larger than the most current estimate
Advise client of all manufacturer’s recommended services
Advise client of manufacturer’s recalls
Provide highly skilled diagnostic technicians to accurately solve the toughest problem
Source and provide parts considering quality, price, and availability
12 month hassle free parts and labor warranty valid in Canada and the USA!