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Timaru Motors Ltd
207 Hilton Highway
New Zealand
03 687 4133
03 687 4123
0800 286688
Timaru Motors Ltd
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Timaru Motors has a long and respected association with South Canterbury, having been the principal dealership for Ford since 1931, and the Mazda franchisee since 2000. We are situated on State Highway 1 in Washdyke, and are proud to offer our customers facilities that are of the highest quality. You will find a wide selection of both new and used vehicles, and we can offer the advantage of a national network to source stock that we may not have on site. We have a 7-hoist workshop, with fully-trained technicians, all the latest diagnostic equipment and the support of Ford and Mazda technical specialists to ensure your vehicle is given the best of attention. Supporting our sales and service teams is a comprehensive parts department that also stocks car accessories and a wide range of merchandise. Our customer lounge is available to our clients who may wish to wait while their vehicle is being serviced, and we also have a number of loan cars available to our customers, so you can continue with your busy lives while we attend to your car. If you need to contact us after-hours, our phone system ensures you can contact our staff directly. We look forward to being of service to you, and we invite you to join the team at Timaru Motors

Timaru Motors Service department specialises in Ford and Mazda. Our experienced team of technicians here at Timaru Motors can service any make, any model! We will have it serviced with a good price in no time. We also have a tyre bay, if you need new tyres we can do it while you’re here so there’s no need to travel anywhere else.


At Timaru Motors we offer a full range of genuine parts and accessories for Ford & Mazda vehicles. We also have a wide range of parts, accessories and aftermarket products for most other makes and models. We are able to source most parts.

Suppliers and stockists of Hornby Models, Scalextric Models, Vanguards Precision Die-Cast Models, Autoart Motorsport Models and Parrot Bluetooth Kits. We also have a great selection of Ford and Mazda merchandise.

Being located in central South Island we are able to despatch parts to most parts of NZ overnight.

We are able to supply and install the parts you require for your vehicle. For information on a particular part please fill out this email form or give us a call. We have some of the most experienced parts staff in the industry.

The year 1920 saw The Colonial Motor Company Ltd - the then New Zealand representative for Ford activities - select Timaru as the assembly point for Ford cars in the South Island.

This assembly plant operated in Sophia Street, Timaru and continued until 1936 when the Ford Motor Company Ltd opened up its own manufacturing plant in Seaview in Wellington.

Ford has been represented in Timaru since 1908. Several privately owned dealerships held the franchise until 1931 when Timaru Motors Ltd was formed. Since then this company has built up a healthy reputation as the major South Canterbury franchise for Ford.

Up until December 1977 the dealership operated from 2 locations: 
  • The Passenger Car operation was administered from the city dealership on Sophia Street. It was consolidated onto one site in 1988 which then housed the administration offices, showroom, new & used car sales, workshop & parts centre.
  • The Commercial & Tractor operation was established at Washdyke in 1953. This sales & service centre was the hub of Ford operations in South Canterbury. In the early 1990's this operation established a reputation as a major truck sales & service facility. The full range of Ford light & heavy Commercial vehicles were sold from here. A rapidly expanding workshop operation, and comprehensive parts department service the many clients in South Canterbury and throughout the South Island.

In mid 1997 a major redevelopment program commenced to bring all Timaru Motors operation onto one site on Hilton Highway. The new facility was officially opened on 12 March 1998 and now operates as the most up to date Sales, Parts & Service facility in South Canterbury.

Our focus today is on the sale and parts & service support of new and used Ford & Mazda Cars & Light Commercials in our prime marketing area of South Canterbury - (the Rangitata to the Waitaki Rivers). We have the latest in service diagnostic equipment for the Ford & Mazda range of vehicles plus the unique FORDSTAR satellite staff training program, beamed in live from Melbourne.

Timaru Motors Ltd has been the recipient of several customer nominated awards for Sales & Service over the past 10 years. In 1991,1993, 1997 & 1998 we received the Ford Distinguished Achievement Award and in 2000 and 2001 we received the highest award - The Presidents Award.

Our team is focused on offering the very best in customer satisfaction - try us & experience the excellence.

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