Ricky Howells is on his 2nd year apprenticeship


Gary Old is a qualified Auto technician with years of experience.


Isaiah Hemopo is on his 3rd year apprenticeship


Kevan Old is also an Auto technician and has been in the trade for 35 years. Specializing in Toyota vehicles.


Wendy Old works very hard in the office to keep everthing running smoothly. She also works with all the bookings and accounting.

About Us

Central Taranaki Automotive is a local business and is owned by Kevan & Wendy Old. We brought the business 6 years ago and have employed 3 other staff members. Kevan Old is an Auto technician and has been in the trade for 35 years specializing in Toyota vehicles. Gary Old is also an Auto technician, Isaiah Hemopo is in his 3rd year apprenticeship, Ricky Howells is in his 2nd year Apprenticeship,  We can repair almost everything that you could possibly break

To support our vision we are committed to:

Safeguarding the environment by preventing pollution and provide a sustainable solution wherever possible. Minimizing the negative impacts of our activities on the delivery of our services and our choice or use of resources. Reviewing our practices, procedures and services continually, to improve our performance within the guidelines of the Taranaki Regional Council. Maintaining up -to -date knowledge of and complying with relevant environment legislation and regulations. Seeing continual improvement and efficiency in all of our systems. Communication this policy to our employees, associates, suppliers and customers. Training and updating our staff on this policy and related environmental issues. Reviewing this policy and our delivery of it regularly along with our corporate objectives and developments in environmental issues.

  • Our Mission

    Our mission is to serve our customers by going above and beyond, to inspire and build the self-confidence of team members and to grow the business success with honesty and integrity.

  • Our Vision

    Our vision for the future is to continue growing the business, supporting our customers and being able to provide a professional automotive repair service.

  • History

    Central Taranaki Automotive is a local business and is owend by Kevan & Wendy Old who brought it about 6 years ago. Since then they have employed 3 other staff members. They are working hard to grow the business with honesty and integrity.

  • Enviromental Vision

    Our vision is to be a role model for sustainable business for the small and medium business sector, with a commitment to continual improvement.
    We look to be recognized in the market place as being environmentally conscious, by clearly demonstrating the actions we take.

  • Health & Safety Vision

    Our aim is that every employee goes home healthy and safe every day and works in an environment in compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. We promote a positive attitude towards safety within the team.

What others say about us

Fantastic friendly service. Loved the calendar, pen, lollies and the fact that you went to the effort to wash my car!!!!!! Definitely will be back. Thank you 

Sheryl Nimmo Customer

Best automotive shop in town. Always top service and friendly staff would highly recommend!

Sharna CaskeyCustomer

Thank you so much for helping me today when I was stranded in Stratford. You were so helpful and pleasant and really came to my rescue.

Clair Paula BoydenCustomer

Kevan, Wendy and their team are so easy to work with. I have been really happy with the service at Central Taranaki Automotive. I highly recommend them.

Rex ShortCustomer

I would just like to place on record, Norma’s and my gratitude to you for the support and assistance you have given us with the VW Golf saga over the past few months, that thankfully has now departed from us. After the bad experience of Norma breaking down with our grandchild on board, which effectively was “the last straw” with this car, we took your advice and have now purchased a Yaris which I know will serve Norma and her precious cargo well, in the years to come. I know that I have personally thanked you already, but felt I had to put my appreciation to you on record.

Stuart RobersonCustomer

Kevan is one of the most technically skilled mechanics I have found. No matter what the issue he will find a good solution in a timely matter and keep the customer well informed through the process. But it’s not just that, that keeps me going back to central automotive. Kevan is honest and trustworthy. He always offers options and costings for any work and you truly feel like he’s giving the  best value job that he can. Nothing is a problem and communication is fluent. In short, hes just a decent guy with a great local reputation and you always feel like the work he says you need is actually the truth. Thoroughly recommend Kevan and his team as a first call.

Nicole OliverCustomer