about southland isuzu

Southland Isuzu, located in Invercargill, are your local authorised Isuzu Utes sales and service dealers. Led by Rick, the Southland Isuzu team of Russell, Phil, Terry and Matt are able to help you out with all of your Isuzu D-Max and MU-X needs. 

Address: 64 North Road, Invercargill 9810

Phone: 03 215 8539

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday - 8am to 5pm
Saturday - 9am to 3pm

Meet the Southland Isuzu Team

Richard Murrell - Dealer Principal

The extensive range on offer at Southland Vehicle Sales today is a far cry from the humble 18 vehicles gracing the lot when Richard embarked on a business endeavour with Garry Tippett in 1993.

Richard's a quintessential Southlander - innovative, hard-working and genuinely proud of the province he calls home.

It's an attitude which has evolved SVS into one of Southland's leading dealerships with its unrivalled 'Buy Safe, Buy Sure' guarantee program and unbeatable reputation for service.

Terry Small - Sales

Straight-up, honest, reliable, hard working - there's a plethora of words to describe Terry. But he's not really into all that fluffy nonsense.

Terry has extensive sales experience under his belt and believes success is all about adopting the right attitude every day.

He's renowned for his integrity and going the extra mile - even braving the pouring rain to hand prospective buyers an umbrella. It's no wonder he gets repeat business.

Russell Barnes - Sales

New to the dealership, Russell has over 30 years experience in the sales and motor industries.

Dedicated to providing and maintaining a high quality service for my customers. I still get a "buzz" from helping people get into their new vehicle. It makes me really appreciate what I do when customers come back time and time again. They feel like my family.

I am loyal to the brand I sell and am passionate about where I live and where I come from. I am told I have a great sense of humour. I am proud to be a born and bred Southlander.


Matt GrAy - Sales

Matt has recently returned home to Southland from a busy dealership in Auckland, where he looks forward to reasonable house prices and less than hour long commutes.

Customer satisfaction is at the forefront of his approach to sales, striving to ensure every customer gets the VIP treatment and feels like they are part of the SVS family. "There is nothing better than seeing that smile you get from a customer on delivery day, when they are delighted both with their purchase and with the service they have received." He believes the sales process should be easy, transparent and most of all fun!

Garry Tippett - Service Manager

Garry Tippett has over 30 years experience in the automotive industry, in all facets from spinning spanners to vehicle sales.

In his role as Southland Vehicle Sales service manager at Garry offers a wealth of knowledge for customers to tap into.

A mechanic by trade, Garry joined forces with Richard Murrell in 1993 to form the 21 North Road car dealership.

"I got the urge to do something that I felt would be more rewarding."

It was a risk that paid off. The business evolved into SVS and moved to its present site in 2000. Further expansion and the purchase of BP North Road, managed by Garry’s wife Margaret, followed just three years later.

Philip Stevenson - Business Manager

When it comes to crunching the numbers, our Business Manager is in his element.

"Numbers are either right or wrong - they’re easy," he says.

It’s a simplistic approach that sits well with our customers - you won’t get Philip baffling you with jargon.

An extensive career which spans the meat industry to brokerage - and a Masters in Business Administration from Massey University thrown in for good measure - has equipped him with a broad skill base.

Finance is Philip’s domain at SVS - whether that’s arranging it for your vehicle purchase or expanding our own business ventures.

Graham Thomas - Parts Manager

From spark plugs and brake pads to the obscurest of bolts - you’d be hard pressed to find a car part Graham Thomas hasn’t dealt in.

We didn’t specifically import the parts guru from the UK (he was lured to greener pastures by his New Zealand born wife Joan) but since 2008, he has fit with our team like bangers and mash.

After completing his mechanical apprenticeship, Graham was snapped up by the BMW franchise where he spent 20 years with the iconic manufacturer’s parts department.

"In the old days a hammer and cigarette paper could fix anything but it’s a different story now - the technology’s fantastic and always evolving."

Tracey Ballantyne - Office Manager

They say you can hear people smile over the phone and that’s certainly the case when it comes to our Office Manager Tracey Ballantyne.

Who enjoys encountering a robotic response when phoning a business? Not us. And we wouldn’t expect our customers to either, so instead they’re treated to the effervescent Tracey.

For the past three years, she’s been the smiling face and voice when you contact Southland Vehicle Sales.