FAQs & Feedback

FAQs & Feedback

Who is the club for?
  • The club is great for any enthusiast of motorized transportation, whether it be cars, truck, off-roading, racing, motorcycles, or you just want to maintain the family vehicle and learn some new skills along the way. Even if you don’t know much about vehicle maintenance, we’d love to have you at the club and help you learn;
  • Our goal is to connect like-minded people, help members learn new skills, and share our passion for vehicles. It’s also great when we get to help members save money on repairs and maintenance.
How to register / qualify for the club?
  • To register visit Colwood Pacific Activity Centre (CPAC) and fill out forms which cover contact info, vehicle info, and a little info about us;
  • Depending on how you serve DND or the Government of Canada, you qualify for different membership categories:
    • Active and retired CAF, reservists, active foreign service military members, and their dependants, may apply as “Regular” members ($40/yr);
    • Staff of DND, PSP, MFRC, DRDC, DCC, RCMP (including those in receipt of a pension or annuity),  honorary Colonel/Capt(N) and Lt Col./Cdr, and their dependants, may apply for “Ordinary” membership ($56/yr);
    • DFO, Coast Guard, CRD municipal police, and other government agencies may apply for an “Associate*” membership ($72/yr);
    • Civilians with referral from an active club member, and in possession of specialized skills that may be of assistance to the club or are otherwise willing to assist the club, may be considered for an “Associate*” membership.
*Associate memberships must be sponsored by a club member with a valid membership, and approved by the executive committee prior to registration. Contact us for more info.

Do I require any qualifications or equipment?
  • You require no qualifications to join the club. Just an enthusiasm for automobiles and a willingness to help out are all this required. You don’t even need a vehicle, though it is recommended to make the most of your club experience;
  • It is recommended to have basic mechanical knowledge and possess some basic hand tools to save your time when working at the workshop
  • Make sure to read our by-laws to be aware of club rules and common courtesies, which will help you be a better club member. They pertain primarily to shop conduct.
What happens after I register? Will someone call or email me?
  • Once registered, we will include you on period emails regarding club events.
  • Our email is CFBautohobby@shaw.ca if you want to contact the executive committee
  • You can book time to use work bays at the club by calling (250) 480-0191) during operating hours;
  • You can also reach us via Facebook, at “CFB Esquimalt Auto Club”.
What are your operating hours?
  • The workshop is open Mon, Thu and Fri 1800–2200, and Sat/Sun 0900-1700.
How do I get access to the workshop?
  • A custodian is on duty during operating hours. Call ahead to book a work bay.
What jobs can I complete at the workshop?
  • Whatever your skill level and courage will allow. We’re equipped to help you with a wide range of maintenances ranging from basic check-ups to engine replacement. If you’re unsure, we can try put you in touch with another member that has experience in your project;
  • Common maintenances that will save you money are oil and tire changes, brakes, suspension work, engine diagnostics, and exhaust work. If you have the skill, you can save thousands on engine and transmission replacements. Some members have completely rebuilt their cars at the club!
  • There are numerous fees we charge for use of the shop, which allows us to pay our custodians, expand our tool collection, and fund events. The full list of up-to-date fees can be found in the “Shop Fees Schedule”, but the most commons ones are:
  • Bay rental ($15/hr); Tool rental ($5.00/hr); Parking (starting at $25/month).
What tools does the club have?
  • We have over 200 different tools and equipment to help you complete almost any standard automotive repair job you might need to do. Our key features are the three 9000lb vehicle hoists, tire machine and balancer, MIG welder, oxy/acetylene torch, hydraulic press, and custodians to help keep you safe;
  • We don’t have equipment for wheel alignments, engine machining, sandblasting, painting, and some vehicle model specific hand tools. Make sure to call ahead and ask the custodian if you’re not sure if we’ll have the tool you’ll need. If we don’t have a tool you need, contact the executive so we can look into buying it.
What if I don’t know how to do any vehicle maintenance?
  • No worries! We have enthusiastic members who are more than willing to help teach the basics of vehicle maintenance and have you along for more complicated stuff.