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Canterbury Cars was established in 1980 at its present site located at 97 Main South Road, Sockburn, Christchurch (Please click 'Where we are' site map to display our location). 

Since 1991 Canterbury Cars has specialised in 4WD and light commercial vehicles and in recent times this has included popular Ford and Holden cars. 

Our company managing director and owner, Paul Larsen, has been with the company since 1989 and has a vast knowledge of the motor industry with many industry contacts for the supply of quality vehicles for the company. Mr Larsen travels extensively throughout New Zealand to purchase the company stock which is updated daily on our website. These vehicles are a mixture of New Zealand new and imported and are all serviced prior to sale and presented to a high standard. Canterbury Cars prides itself on its vehicle presentation and quality of vehicles along with our after sales service which has seen the company become of New Zealand's top vehicle retailers consistently buying and selling a substantial number of vehicles. The company operates a very popular referral club rewards system. 

Canterbury Cars has Free Wellington delivery or South Island wide. This makes purchasing your next vehicle from Canterbury Cars much easier. 

Unlike many dealers Canterbury Cars is always happy to receive trade-in vehicles and along with arranging competitive and tailored finance via our long term finance company Marac Finance, we just make it as easy as possible to update your vehicle requirements. 

Our Staff

Paul Larsen
Managing Director

Having been at Canterbury Cars since 1989, it is fair to say that I know the company and many of our clients on an excellent basis. My primary job is to purchase the vehicles for the company which has changed from previously purchasing in Japan to now obtaining from within New Zealand. Having been with the company for so long, some excellent long term contacts have been established within the industry allowing me to purchase a vast array of vehicles directly from the franchise holders, lease companies and trade wholesalers. Each week I generally travel either South or to the North Island to obtain the stock we require. 

With the introduction of the internet, our stock is updated instantly on our website so please feel free to view this - Simply by clicking 'Our Stock' on our home page. The internet has enabled us to sell vehicles all over New Zealand and this, combined with our free Wellington or South Island wide delivery service, is a real bonus for our out of town clients.

Finance through our link with Marac Finance and being more than happy to trade vehicles makes your motoring requirements simple and easy with Canterbury Cars. We are always purchasing vehicles so even if you just wish to sell your vehicle, please feel free to contact me and I am sure I can assist you with this.

Thank you for your time and interest and enjoy viewing our website.

JD (John) Glass
Sales Consultant

Welcome to Canterbury Cars webpage. As you can see I am also John, but to save any confusion, I'm known as JD. 

I have always worked in the motor trade, firstly as a tradesman panelbeater and then for the last 25+ years have been involved in the retail side of the motor trade selling a vast array of vehicles. 

For those living in the North Canterbury region, you may possibly recognise me having retailed vehicles in Rangiora for 16 years. Being a Dad of two teenage boys and an ex NZ Shooting Representative, we are all pretty keen on the outdoors, hunting, fishing, 4 wheel driving and all those other blokey things. This gives me a very good insight as to the suitability of the range of vehicles that we here at Canterbury Cars offer for sale. 

I would like to think that I can make your vehicle buying experience a pleasant and happy one and invite you to peruse the stock online. 

Give me a call on the phone or indeed call in at the Canterbury Cars sales premises for a test drive or trade in appraisal on your existing vehicle. I and the rest of the team at Canterbury Cars are always willing to assist wherever possible with your selection. 

Thanks for your time and looking forward to being of help to you.