about southland isuzu
Southland Isuzu, located in Invercargill are your local authorised Isuzu Utes sales and service dealers. Lead by Rick, the Southland Isuzu team of Leigh and Mike are able to help you out with all of your Isuzu D-Max and MU-X needs.
Address: 64 North Road, Invercargill
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. But then 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.
Garry Tippett - Sales 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’s 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 day’s a hammer and cigarette paper could fix anything but it’s a different story now - the technology’s fantastic and always evolving."
Leigh Murray - Sales Manager
Leigh Murray knows a lot about cars. There's lots of hints like the 1951 fully restored Vauxhall in his shed.
Then there's his CV.
Raised on a Morton Mains farm, Leigh owned a sheep & beef block at Rakauhouka before injury forced a move off the land. Doing a stint as a new vehicle brand manager (an even briefer stint on farm machinery), then his own Dee Street yard (named Leigh Murray Motors) which he managed for eight years before handing over the reins to his son George.
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 they’re treated to the effervescent Tracey.
For the past three years, she’s been the smiling face, or voice, when you contact Southland Vehicle Sales and admits chatting comes naturally.