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Our Team

Manukau

Ian Charlton

Director

Ian is the owner of Advantage Cars and Rent A Dent Manukau. He has been in the motor industry his entire working life and has over 28 year’s experience retailing cars to the Auckland public More... He prides himself on doing what’s right, and is always available to discuss a vehicle purchase or solve a problem that may arise. The good thing about dealing with a privately owned company is that you are only ever a phone call away from the man that makes the decisions. This should give you strong peace of mind when purchasing your next car. Ian lives in Mellons Bay with his wife Rebecca, his children Jonathan, Alex, Samantha and Tommy. If you have any questions relating to our products and services then please don’t hesitate to contact Ian directly.

Matthew Adams

Branch Manager

Matt is our longest serving employee and second in command at Advantage Cars. Matt is Branch Manager of the busy Manukau Yard, having previously set up and Managed our Penrose Operation. Originally from Devon in the UK where his parents still live. More... He’s been in New Zealand for over 15 years and live in Kawa Kawa Bay with his wife Anna and young son Harry. Matt has had previous experience in the Motor Industry in the UK which is invaluable to him in his busy role. In his spare time he enjoys surfing on both the east and west coasts, as well as spending time with friends and family and fishing in the Hauraki Gulf. He also has a passion for British motor cars and own a Classic Jaguar.

Joel White

Assistant Branch Manager

Joel is Matts right hand man at the busy Manukau Yard. He is always willing to step in and help out having been with the company a number of years at both the Manukau and Penrose yards. More... Joel is a people person and I’m sure you will enjoy dealing with him. He lives in Papakura with his wife Laura and two active young sons. Joel is a family man through and through and is always willing to stand up and deliver what is promised.

David Hopkinson

Sales Consultant

David has been with us a number of years and is our Rock Star sales achiever at Manukau. David consistently sells a large number of vehicles every month as his customers love dealing with him. More... He is a genuine guy that will always put his customers first. He is more likely to be seen polishing his clients latest purchase in the showroom that walking the yard. The level of customer service you will receive from David will certainly make you happy. David comes to us from a military background as a distinguished soldier in the NZ Defence Force.

Penrose

John Abbott

Branch Manager

John is a veteran of the motor industry in Auckland. He prides himself on his customer service and is always available to meet the demands of a tricky deal. He runs a small but dedicated team at our Penrose Yard, having previously been Branch Manager at Manukau. More... John comes to us with a world of knowledge and an ability to guide the hardest of finance deals through many hurdles. If you have a tough finance situation then please don’t hesitate to give John a call. He lives out south with his wife Gaylene and enjoys tennis and many other activities to keep himself fit and active.

Darren Gibson

Assistant Branch Manager

Darren has been with the company many years, at both Manukau and the Penrose operation. Darren knows Advantage Cars inside and out and is always available to go the extra distance for his clients. More... He prides himself on his customer service and is always ready to deliver on what he promises. For the best customer service you can get, give Darren a call today.

Melissa Hedley–Cosgrave

Sales Consultant

Melissa is new to our team having joined us from a franchise yard in Otorohonga in the Waikato. It is fantastic to see young females joining our industry as sales achievers and Advantage Cars are proud to have Melissa on the team. More... She has a passion for vehicles and has an eye for detail when it comes to dealing with her clients. At Advantage Cars just over 30% of our clients are female that are purchasing vehicles for themselves. Melissa is there to give not only females but any of her customers her time and effort in helping you achieve the car you’ve dreamed of. Melissa lives locally and lists family and friends as her largest interests.

Rhys Bargh

Vehicle Buyer

Rhys has one simple role with Advantage Cars – To spend the Bosses money. Rhys is our buyer and sources all of our vehicles from far and wide. Whether it be locally from Lease companies or businesses, through to franchised dealer trade-ins or as far and wide as Japan and Australia. More... Rhys has his hand on the pulse and can some days price up to 20 cars a day in order to purchase the over 50 a month he needs. He is a veteran over the motor industry, having been a buyer for both of the largest auction houses in NZ. He live south will his wife and family, and spends his time off hunting, fishing and generally enjoying his lifestyle property. If you think you have a car that we may be interested in, then contact Rhys direct.

Manukau Phone: 09 263 0353 Phone: 09 263 0353 567 Great South Rd, Auckland
Penrose Phone: 09 579 8656 Phone: 09 579 8656 730 Great South Rd, Auckland
Dealership Hours
Monday 8.30am - 5.30pm
Tuesday 8.30am - 5.30pm
Wednesday 8.30am - 5.30pm
Thursday 8.30am - 5.30pm
Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm
Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm
(excl. some public holidays)

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