My Business: A company that steers you right

Hariharan Karunakaran, Vani Chintapally, Michael Godden and Chandran Raja. (Damjan Janevski)

By Star Weekly

Cannon Motors was founded in January this year at Hoppers Crossing but is carrying a decade’s-old legacy behind it as the company’s automative roots run deep.

Owner Hariharan Karunakaran (Hari) decided on a career change and has turned back to the family business.

“It was my passion for cars that I left the IT industry to start up Cannon Motors Australia. It’s also part of my family’s passion for cars,” Mr Hari said.

“Dad started Cannon Motors in Malaysia in the 1970s and I grew up from childhood working with cars and restoring a lot of classic cars as well as on motorsport cars.”

As a result, Cannon Motors is a classic car specialist drawing on more than 25 years’ experience, including servicing, tuning and restoration services.

However the business offers an extensive range of repairs and services – covering all makes and models – from a scheduled log book service to the complete restoration of a classic car.

Cannon Motors also offers engine reconditioning and performance engine builds with in-house business partner Michael Godden from MTL Engines.

A complimentary car vacuum and wash is included in all major and minor services. Customers can also be provided with courtesy cars upon request and, for extra convenience, there is a pick up and delivery service for cars within the City of Wyndham.

Cannon Motors has a ‘do it once, do it right’ philosophy and offers a guaranteed 32-point check, in-house diagnosis and manufacturer- approved replacement parts.

Mr Hari said he likes to think Cannon Motors goes that extra step. Case in point, he recalls the experience of a customer who had been told by another workshop he needed a new engine.

“When he brought the car to me I found the problem and  fixed it,” he said.

“It was mechanically fixable and didn’t cost him $4000 like he had been quoted, but a mere $1000 and he is a satisfied customer.

“I enjoy grease on my hands and problem solving to  fix issues that others can’t.”

Mr Hari has a burning ambition for the company.

He’s already well on his way to realising that ambition with the company placing second in a poll to  find the best mechanics in Melbourne, western suburbs category.

“I’d like to see my business as the number one mechanics in the area,” he said. “We would like to expand our business and there is no reason for us to believe we can’t do it.

“I think it’s important to aim high no matter what you do.

“We would also like to add we offer car storage services, short term or long term, for customers who run out of space for their car collections.”

Cannon Motors is offering a Christmas special of 15 per cent off for a major service and 20 per cent off for a minor service when customers quote Star Weekly.

As well as phone bookings you can also book via the website or Facebook.

Cannon Motors, Unit 3/13,15 Graham Court, Hoppers Crossing.
Inquiries: 8360 9712,
0433 606 253,