Love for cars leads to vast parts col­lec­tion

The Press - - Advertising Feature | Wheels - But­ler Auto Mart is open seven days a week at 261 Stan­more Rd, Rich­mond, 407 Colombo St, Sy­den­ham, and 4 Bryn­ley St, Hornby. For de­tails, phone 03 389 8830 or find them on­line at but­ler­

Car parts come in a great va­ri­ety of shapes, sizes, ages and ori­gins but in Christchurch have one thing in com­mon: they are more than likely found at But­ler Auto Mart.

For nearly 45 years, But­ler Auto Mart has been amass­ing a col­lec­tion of parts through savvy net­work­ing and takeovers. To­day, it has more than 40,000 items at stores in Rich­mond, Sy­den­ham and Hornby.

Many parts are rare, all are new – even those made nearly 100 years ago – and in every case they are immaculately pre­served.

The sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of But­lers are now closely in­volved in run­ning But­ler Auto Mart af­ter founder Tony But­ler shared his pas­sion for the in­dus­try with chil­dren Maria, who works in ac­counts, and Ed­ward, who over­sees day-to-day op­er­a­tions in Hornby and Sy­den­ham.

The flag­ship store on Stan­more Rd is still Tony’s turf and home to the largest hold­ing of parts.

How­ever, re­cent ex­pan­sions across the city have been un­der the watch of Ed­ward But­ler.

‘‘All our stock can be ac­cessed through any of our stores and if we haven’t got it, it’s only a courier away,’’ Ed­ward says from the Colombo St store, which un­til two years ago was a ri­val car parts busi­ness.

The same year But­ler Auto Mart set up in Sy­den­ham it also re­opened a shop at its old haunt on Bryn­ley St, in Hornby, to meet de­mand from city’s south­west.

Staff are on hand at every store to help cus­tomers rang­ing from en­thu­si­asts in need of an orig­i­nal part for an Amer­i­can mus­cle car to peo­ple who just want to get from A to B with the least fuss.

‘‘We’ve got ex­pe­ri­enced staff who are ex­tremely help­ful,’’ Ed­ward says. ‘‘Any­thing that can break down in a car, we can find a re­place­ment for.’’

Hun­dreds of books of auto parts are held to help track down hard-to-find items, and the com­pany’s web­site lists a large num­ber of avail­able parts.

Pur­chases are es­pe­cially easy for mem­bers of the Capricorn and Ru­ralco co-op­er­a­tives, who can re­ceive monthly in­voices and dis­counts with pre­sen­ta­tion of their card.

At the Stan­more Rd head­quar­ters, a GAS petrol ser­vice fronts the busi­ness, and a hire depart­ment is on hand with more than 30 trail­ers for mov­ing ev­ery­thing from fur­ni­ture to cars.

We’ve got ex­pe­ri­enced staff who are ex­tremely help­ful. Any­thing that can break down in a car, we can find a re­place­ment for.

Ed­ward But­ler But­ler Auto Mart

But­ler Auto Mart sales as­sis­tant An­drew Tubb helps cus­tomers at the Colombo St store in Sy­den­ham ac­cess a col­lec­tion of more than 40,000 new ve­hi­cle parts.

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