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Meet the Team

Dan Chima
021 778 445 021 778 445

While he was once known for his ear-to-ear moustache, Dan is more commonly known for his breadth of knowledge on anything with wheels, from double-cab utes to premium SUV's and supercars (although he’ll be the first to say an Audi RS6 is really the only car anyone could ever need).

Focussing on stock acquisition and management for SSC, growing the business from the very beginning has been a labour of love for Dan and his customers are committed, numerous and come from all over New Zealand to deal with him.

What started out as a hobby quickly became a thriving business for Dan, who is constantly looking at ways to improve the vehicle buying process for both buyer and seller, alongside managing his other business interests and active family life.

Andrew Densem
027 435 1332 027 435 1332

When he’s not eagerly debating the investment values of classic Porsches, Andrew is taking care of our vehicle sales and brokerage. After five years experience in franchise dealerships and a love of building broad networks, Andrew has established a loyal customer base and prides himself on giving honest advice with an eye on the future.

Canterbury born and bred, he tells far too many dad jokes for a guy without any children of his own, and comes from a family of retailers, marketers, journalists and sales professionals.

Andrew can always find time if you want to talk cars, and enjoys the challenge of tracking down that “dead right” vehicle.

Yuri van Toor
021 032 4833 021 032 4833

Yuri brings with him a wealth of experience from every corner of the automotive industry - starting out spinning spanners as an apprentice mechanic, then workshop manager, parts manager right through to new vehicle sales roles and managing successful sales teams in a prominent Christchurch dealership.

Joining our team to take care of vehicle finance and insurance, Yuri works hard for our customers to make the process as easy and enjoyable as possible. With considerable experience and success in businesses of his own, attention to detail and clear lines of communication ensure repeat business from his well-established network of friends and clients.

Yuri's (long-suffering) wife Jess has developed an impressive tolerance for his impulsive and enthusiastic buying and selling of "toys" ranging from cars and motorbikes to boats and jet skis, so joining the team at SSC will undoubtedly continue the trend!

Today, Yuri's biggest passion by far is raising his two daughters Isla and Brooklyn, who share their dad's enthusiasm for cool cars and silly jokes.

Matt Southon
021 628 854 021 628 854

Having spent the last ten years involved in the panel and paint side of the industry, Matt has an eye for detail like few others and a clear understanding of what it takes to have our vehicles looking their best.

Keeping himself busy as our stock controller and after sales specialist, Matt works tirelessly with our suppliers and subcontractors on everything from servicing and bodywork to restoration projects and logistics.

Known in the local enthusiast car community for his ultra-clean, period correct RA28 Toyota Celica, Matt has had a hand in numerous modified car builds from high-powered street cars to drift cars and everything in between.

When not in the showroom, you'll find Matt out on his mountain bike or spending time with his wife Paige and their energetic fox terrier, Billy.