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Southland is a unique place to do business - where deals are still done on a handshake and integrity is crucial.

When Richard Murrell and Garry Tippett first teamed up at 21 North Road in 1993, their fledgling dealership boasted just 18 vehicles - it was old-fashioned hard work and a knack for innovation that enabled them to expand the operation while staying true to those traditional values.

In 2000, their business evolved into Southland Vehicle Sales, and moved to a larger site at 64 North Road. Three years later, further expansion saw the team open a second yard for commercial and SUVs and incorporate BP North Road, transforming a city block into the ultimate one-stop shop for motorists - they could buy it, fix it and fill it all on one site.

In 2004, SVS brought the Kia franchise to Southland in the belief the stylish, fuel efficient but affordable Korean-made cars would be a perfect fit for canny Southlanders.

They were right. By 2009 Kia made up 15 percent of Southland’s new vehicle market - at times even outselling Toyota, Ford and Holden.

If the Kia didn’t live up to expectations, it would only be a matter of days until word floated around the province. Ever noticed there are more Kias on the road than ever? Sort of says it all.

Richard and Garry’s emphasis on creating an enjoyable team environment has paid dividends in a loyal and dedicated staff, who all share their values and commitment to service.

That’s important because Southland is a unique place to do business where deals are still done with a handshake, integrity is crucial and family is king.

What sets SVS Apart?

As a family-owned business with genuine family values, we’re here for the long haul.

It may sound clichéd, but we really do treat our customers and suppliers exactly the same way we treat our friends, so it’s not surprising that’s just what many of our customers go on to become.

We didn’t set up a business to sell cars - we set up a business to serve Southlanders. That’s why we have so many motoring solutions. We can help with everything from great quality new and used cars to finance that’s available whether you buy from us or privately, and we service what we sell.

Because we’re big-picture thinkers, we’ve always thought much farther ahead than just one sale. We work to ensure every customer gets a great deal every time they deal with us.

That’s both the cornerstone of our Buy Safe, Buy Sure philosophy, and the secret of our success.

Buy Safe, Buy Sure

Buy Safe, Buy Sure - four little words that take the risk out of buying a vehicle.

Unique to SVS, the Buy Safe, Buy Sure programme is our commitment to you which epitomizes the principles we stand by. It automatically applies to every vehicle sold - new or used - and it won’t cost you an extra cent.

Every vehicle sold is covered by our 7-day/1000km right of exchange.

You should be confident every SVS vehicle is in excellent condition - we are. That’s why we warrant category one vehicles for 100 days or 5000km and category two vehicles for 30 days or 3000km.

And let’s face it, you truly find out how good a decision you made if something goes wrong - that’s what sets SVS apart.

Other Buy Safe, Buy Sure features ensure that every vehicle is fully appraised, all imports AA Speedo-Checked, servicing completely up-to-date and a new Warrant of Fitness applied, free delivery South Island-wide and finance and lease options. Not to mention our legendary after-sales service.

We go the extra mile to ensure your vehicle does too.