MTA Member

The Motor Trade Association (MTA) represents over 4000 automotive industry professionals throughout New Zealand.
MTA people are dedicated technicians, vehicle sales and service staff who work in a professionally equipped and managed environment. Their priority is ensuring happy motorists who are kept safely on the road with a minimum of inconvenience.

Established in 1917, the MTA is a membership-based organisation covering every facet of the industry - from general repair workshops, service stations and car sales dealerships to affiliated specialists like alternative fuel providers.

Its goal is simple: to help motoring businesses succeed. To do that the MTA educates members on technical developments and law changes and offers business and technical training to expand ihe industry skill base.
The MTA also represents the interests of motorists and its members, acting as a lobby group to government and other agencies.
Few other industry organisations are viewed as more representative or credible as the MTA - a reputation proudly upheld for nearly a century.

Ultimately, the public benefits. When a customer uses an MTA member, they’re assured of the top service guaranteed by the association’s Customer Promise.
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Richard Murrell’s Involvement in the MTA

Southland Vehicle Sales co-owner Richard Murrell was on the MTA Board from 2005 to 2012 - the latter two as national president.

He's unashamedly proud of the motor trade industry and excited about its future. "The global recession changed the world and we needed to evolve to enable all of our businesses to emerge positively – that was a challenge I was keen to embrace." Teamwork is the hallmark of Southland Vehicle Sales which continued to gain market share throughout the recession.

"I'm proud of my association with the MTA and that's reflected in my own ventures adopting its values – the car sales dealership, the fuel station and the workshop." Richard has been on the board of the Southland MVDI equivalent from 1993 to 2005, and continues to support the Southland MTA to this day.

Buy Safe, Buy Sure Policy

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.

1) Every pre-loved vehicle we sell is covered by our 7-day/1000km right of exchange - in addition we offer the MTA Dealer Warranty at no extra cost. That's peace of mind motoring wherever you are.

  • Category One Vehicles: (Less than 10 years and less than 125,000km) 100 days or 5000km
  • Category Two Vehicles: 30 days or 3,000km

2) Other Buy Safe, Buy Sure features ensure that every vehicle is

  • Fully appraised
  • All imports AA Speedo-Checked
  • Servicing completely up-to-date
  • New Warrant of Fitness applied
  • We can help provide competitive rates for shipping to anywhere in New Zealand
  • Finance and lease options
  • Our legendary after-sales service

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.

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

Need more cover?
Ask us for a quote on our competitively priced one, two or even three year unlimited kilometre bumper to bumper SVS Mechanical Breakdown Insurance policies.

Buying Online

Our one stop used vehicle shop

Wherever you are in New Zealand you can be confident you're making the right choice when you buy from Southland Vehicle Sales.

We offer:

  • Independent VTNZ Pre-Purchase Inspections available on request for any vehicle
  • Free vehicle validation check - including mileage and outstanding finance
  • Competitive Shipping rates to anywhere in New Zealand


  • We can arrange to greet you at the airport if you want to collect your vehicle yourself

After Sales and Service

Our Invercargill Service Centre is an accredited member of the Supershop Service Network. This is a guarantee of quality workmanship which also gives our customers access to after-sales service and warranty repairs at any of 83 Supershop member locations throughout New Zealand.

Competitive Finance and Insurance & Trade-ins

We can tailor a finance package for approved purchases either on-line or instore - please ask for a quote.

Trade-in your existing vehicle

Thanks to our extensive industry networks we're able to accept trade-ins from almost anywhere in New Zealand - again just ask.

What gives SVS pre-loved vehicles the edge?
Since 1992 it's been our aim to sell the best vehicles at the fairest price. At any given time our selection includes:

  • Premier used vehicles imported directly from Japan
  • Near-new vehicles traded-in on our new vehicle offers
  • Reliable classics with proven mechanical service records

Can't find what you're looking for?
If you're looking for something special by all means give us a call and we'll keep an eye out for you.

Customer Care

Don't take our word for it

Because buying a vehicle is among the biggest purchases made in a life-time, it can be quite a daunting decision. We take time to listen to your requirements so we can offer a selection of suitable options to tailored to your individual needs.

Then, we add our peace of mind Customer Care Programme so you can buy with the confidence that you've bought well.

What does Customer Care mean?
It's our promise we'll continue to look after you just as well after your chosen vehicle is bought and paid for.

  • 100 Day 5,000km warranty
  • 7 Day 1,000km right of exchange
  • AA/MTA Vehicle Appraisal
  • Easi-Own Finance Options
  • Extended Warranty Options

Because your experience is so important to us, we ask each and every SVS customer for their feedback because if there is something we could do better we want to be the first hear about it.
Happily, our pride in delivering the best possible service is reflected in customer comments that we're pleased to share with you to the right.