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Let's not beat around the bush. Reputations are earnt the hard way.

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The locals love the Toyota Hilux. It has been the regions top selling new vehicle for a very long time. There is a reason for that. We live in a demanding area, and the vehicles we need to use on the land need to be tough enough to cope. The Toyota Hilux has proved time and time again that it is, that is why the companies that rely on it keep coming back. Click here to learn more about the all new 2016 Toyota Hilux. 

Welcome to Bowater Toyota. The regions leading vehicle sales destination.

Written by Media Manager.

Bowater Toyota

Welcome to Bowater Toyota, where New Zealand's most popular brand of vehicle (Toyota) joins the Bowater Motor Group (BMG) in the regions leading dealership.
Bowater Toyota has now lead the field for years with consistant market leadership in new vehicle sales of commercial, passenger and overall. When it comes to building a relationship with the providers of one of your largest assets, whether you own your vehicle personally or for business use, it is shown time and time again that it pays to use the best - it is a reputation hard won for a reason!

Bowater Toyota has full franchise branches in Nelson, Richmond and Motueka - which means all Customer Service centres offer a wide range of new and used vehicles, a comprehensive parts and service department as well as local, knowledgeable staff. We are proud to be supporting our community and also Toyota philosophies of strong customer focused service in all areas. We are a family owned company spanning four generations supporting the Nelson and Tasman region.  Located in Nelson, Richmond and Motueka, we offer full service, parts, sales (new and used) and finance in all branches reflecting the quality and value that has made Toyota such a respected brand. 
We believe in giving you "Family Values and Value for Families" without compromising your desire to "Drive your Dream".

Whether you are just after a small part, service, used or new car, or the finance to help “Drive your Dream” we want to help you.

We look forward to helping you at one of our Customer Centres today!

 

Bowater Toyota - more than just a car dealership. In Fact we are the Country's Number 1 Toyota Showroom - for the 2nd year in a row!

dealer of the year 2015Tony Bowater (centre) on stage to collect the Dealer of the Year trophy for 2015. Click to enlarge.

It has been a huge year for Bowater Toyota.
Imagine the surprise felt by all at the Bowater Toyota table when Tony Bowater got the call to stage as winner of the 2015 Toyota Dealer of the Year at the annual awards held on Friday 19th February in Nelson at the Rutherford Hotel.

The surprise was justified. As reigning Dealer of the Year from 2014, and current holders of the much coveted Yokoi Cup, there was no expectation that the Bowater Toyota team COULD win it again, but there it was, on the big screen! Bowater Motor Group chairman Rodney Bowater and his wife Helen were lucky enough to be at the table as well, and could not help but be filled with pride. Imagine that. Toyota Dealer of the Year two years running, and awarded the prestigious title in our home town!

Bowater Toyota has had a fantastic last couple of years, with the entire dealership going from strength to strength as the top of the south has thrived in the face of some tougher times nationwide. Consistently Nelson and Tasman has been on the list of regions doing remarkably well, with business confidence on the increase and focal industries like tourism now in growth mode again. It was fitting then that Bowater Toyota did so well at this years 2015 Toyota Dealer Awards, in our hometown, in amongst a highly competitive environment of high achievers that have been part of a nationwide network leading the way in vehicle sales, service and after sales in New Zealand for almost 3 decades now.

Bowater Toyota CEO Tony Bowater was, in his words, "...very proud and overwhelmed with joy to represent us all and receive the 2015 Toyota Dealer of the Year award for the second year running". 

The second time around the award is infact even more significant. The team at Bowater Toyota not only climbed their way to the top of their game, but had the commitment to stay there - going over and above for their customers and the community.

Back in the showroom after the weekend's award ceremony we got to catch up with Tony and some of the team as they discussed being Dealer of the Year.

Back to back winners of Toyota Dealer of the Year

Tony Bowater was very proud of the team and humbled to receive this recognition on their behalf on Friday Feb 19th at the annual Toyota Dealer awards that were being held right here in Nelson. With the spotlight already shining on us, and being the reigning Toyota New Zealand Dealer of the Year, Tony went into the awards with no expectations, imagine the excitement of winning the ultimate award back to back!

Posted by Bowater Motor Group on Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Toyota New Zealand have put out a great overview of the annual 2015 Dealer Awards. Click here to read the press release.

Click here to read the full story on the historic first 2014 win, along with the other awards we also received at the annual presentations.

 

How good is the new 2016 Toyota Hilux? Just ask Nathan.

 
Thoughts from Nathan Fa'avae about the new Toyota Hilux

Nathan Fa'avae is a 4 time ARWS - Adventure Racing World Series World Champ. He trains hard and needs to get to the most extreme places to get the best practise in. To do this effectively he uses his Toyota Hilux. We caught up with him to hear his thoughts on the new generation Hilux.

Posted by Bowater Motor Group on Saturday, 2 July 2016

Nathan Fa'avae is a total legit World Champ. Let's quantify that. He is actually a 4 time Adventure Racing Series World Champion. He knows all about needing the best gear to help him endure extreme situations over extended periods of time. In short he knows what he needs to rely on and what will get him to where he needs to be. That is part of the reason why he chose a Toyota Hilux as his vehicle.

 

Choosing Bowater Toyota is as much about our history as it is about our future.

The purchase of the Toyota franchise in 1990 rationalised the Bowater Motor Group and also made us Nelson's largest vehicle company. We know that working within our community will make a difference, making a better tomorrow start today. We proudly support local organisations that are actively making a difference in our community.

A simple truth is that Bowater Toyota has been selling the most new vehicles in the region for many years now. By quite a margin.
The numbers for 2014 from NZTA on actual new vehicle registrations for the region tell us the cold hard truth with no room for marketing spin, or tall tales of legends and lunchboxes. Toyota are clear market leaders, and the Toyota Hilux a clear local favourite, proving that trust, experience and reputation will always prevail. Thank you again to all of our loyal customers that have supported us to be on top again.

 

Getting to know the team at Bowater Toyota in Nelson

Welcome to Bowater Toyota, a friendly, family owned business that is proud to be supplying New Zealand's favourite make of cars. Bowater Toyota is part of the larger Bowater Motor Group, a family company helping Nelson and Tasman drive it's dream since 1947, and now into it's 4th generation. Take a minute to get to know us.

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Our team of friendly sales specialists is devoted to helping you find the most suitable vehicle for your needs, and our large range of accessory options and finance packages will help you customise your own ideal Toyota experience.

You might also be surprised to learn that we service and repair ALL makes and models of vehicles - not just Toyota's. Your non-Toyota vehicle will get exactly the same exceptional service and treatment at a very competitive price. Read more about our service department by clicking here.

 

Our new Workshop technology makes your motoring a whole lot safer for the cost of a couple of pizzas!

Phil with the Safe-T-Stop printout 

We are always very excited when new technology comes along that can speed up the analysis of how your car performs on the road. We are committed to safer motoring and as such are committed to investing in new technology when it is available. 
We have recently installed the Safe-T-Stop system in our Bowater Toyota workshop in central Nelson, which means quick and instant testing on braking systems and maximum tyre efficiency, all for the very low price of $24.95.
The Safe T Stop test uses the latest in sensor technology and reports back to an analysis programme instantly, which then generates a printed report that you can keep for your records. 
To learn more click here.

 

Service Lite - a new service product to make it easier for older cars.

Toyota Service Lite has been created for owners of older Toyotas, who still want to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing their vehicle is being inspected and serviced by trained Toyota technicians. And all for the very competitive fixed price of just $185* for a petrol vehicle, or $235* for a diesel.

Toyota Service Lite includes all the major checks necessary to make sure your
vehicle is 100% roadworthy. And with our level of knowledge and expertise at your disposal, you simply can’t get a better job done for such a great price. To find out more about Service Lite click here, or on the menu to the right.

 

There has never been better buying.

Bowater Toyota has a comprehensive range of Toyota Signature Class, SBT and Toyota sourced cars on the yard, with new ones arriving every week. Some of these vehicles are a little different, like this Toyota Raum (pictured below), perfect for those looking for easy entry and exit, or a business vehicle with an edge and an air of individuality. Featuring a passenger side pillar-less entry with remote automatic sliding side door for easy access, and the ability to load larger cargo, like this 50 inch Plasma TV that just slides right in without having to drop or move the rear seats at all.
The Toyota Raum, usually priced around the $12-13,000 mark is just one of many quality used vehicles we have on special right now.

Quality Used Vehicles

We have priced these very competitively with a great many of them sitting between the $10,000 - $15,000 price range. There are a lot of very convincing reasons behind buying a used vehicle from Bowater Toyota. You can rest easy knowing that you wont be buying a lemon. These cars come through our stringent quality control process before they get on the yard, and many are backed by Toyota's comprehensive Warranty System, from a 12 month Power Train Warranty through to the Toyota Signature Class three year, unlimited kilometre, Full Mechanical Warranty.

 



Visit us at Bowater Toyota
CNR Rutherford & Halifax St, Nelson

Phone: 03 546 9269 or 0800 269 283
Opening hours:
New & Used Cars:
Monday - Friday 8am - 5.30pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm
Parts & Service:
Monday - Friday 7.30am - 5.30pm
Parts Only: Saturday 9am - 10.30am

 

10 Mcglashen Avenue, Richmond

Phone: (03) 544 1117 or 0800 269 283
Opening hours:
New & Used Cars / Parts:
Monday - Friday 8am - 5.00pm
Service:
Monday - Friday 7.30am - 5.30pm

 

258 High Street, Motueka

Phone: (03) 528 9600 or 0800 269 283
Opening hours:
New & Used Cars:
Monday - Friday 8am - 5.30pm

Parts & Service:
Monday - Friday 7.30am - 5.00pm

 

Postal Address
Bowater Toyota
PO Box 416
Nelson 7040

Meet the Bowater Toyota Team

Steve Webster - Sales

2017 toy stevew01Steve Webster moved here with his wife Gail and then two teenage daughters from London in the UK at the end of 2012. He came to Nelson after a varied career culminating in working for the NHS (National Health Service) as Technical Projects Manager. He joined us bringing with him an excitement for discovering a new lifestyle, making new friends and growing business networks in a brand new town.

He is an old fashioned kind of guy, with a love of old fashioned customer service - pop down for a coffee or tea and have a chat to Steve, he will get you into your dream vehicle easier than you ever thought. 
Click here to learn more about Steve, or to contact him directly.