About Us

About Us

New Zealand Automotive Distributors purchases parts from reputable suppliers locally and worldwide. Just some of these countries include USA, Canada, Australia, UK, Europe,Dubai Japan, China, Korea and Malaysia. We’ve built these relationships up over time and have traveled to meet suppliers where we can. This gives us access to the leading brands in automotive replacement parts. Having a small pickup depot and small staff numbers allows us to offer our customers the best quality parts, at the best pricing in New Zealand and with our famous personalised service. Our philosophy is to specialise in the parts that we are good at and do it well. Most of the large parts companies try to offer every part available, this more often than not just leads to poor product knowledge and poor customer service two areas that NZAD strives to have excellence in. 


The Story

New Zealand Automotive Distributors Ltd was officially incorporated in early 2009 by director Darren Leckey. Darren started the business from the spare bedroom at home on a $200 computer busy listing products on Trademe while a website was built. As sales grew so did the amount of stock required and it steadily grew to take over a garage- at the end of 2011 it was apparent that bigger premises were needed so customers could collect items and the business moved to where it is today in Moselle Ave Henderson.

Completing his Degree in Commerce Majoring in Marketing and Management in 2009 found him right in the middle of the Global financial crisis and trying to find a graduate job was proving near impossible so this is when and how NZAD was formed.

While completing his degree , Darren had run a small home based workshop completing engine conversions and custom fabrication for a small client base. He has experience with the old V8’s and the New Japanese Import scene with abit of euro in there for good measure. It’s from this hands on work that he has identified a need for hard parts online in NZ.

Darren has been in the automotive field from a very young age and has a wide knowledge of parts and fitment. His passion for 4 wheels started when his father brought him back a Big Foot Power wheels ride on electric monster truck toy from Hong Kong when he was 3 years old, next a custom built pedal car, then petrol gokarts and off-roaders and the natural progression into fullsize cars and it is here that his passion has grown and lead him into the business he now runs.

Learning to weld at age 14 and becoming certified saw him decide after finishing school to take up a fabrication job at well known race car builder Racepro then leaving to work part time at Barkers Men’s Clothing. From there he moved onto work for retailer Appco Auto Parts but sought a change and he decided to enroll in a certificate in business at AUT which ended up turning into a Degree at the University of Auckland.

In true Westy style he can’t help himself with the garage full of projects ready and waiting for spare time which there seems to be less and less of with a fast growing business.

The end of 2011 and the start of 2012 was been a big growth period for NZAD with the business being moved to new premises in Henderson Auckland. Conveniently located just off Lincoln Road-Henderson. This new location allows for customers to collect their much needed parts and only takes 15 minutes from the city centre with eftpos onsite.

2013 All settled in, NZAD is busy building up stock and serving customers from Moselle Ave

2014 Darren had an accident that broke his wrist which forced him to take on an employee to help out which has worked out to be a really great addition to NZAD. Max is now the main sales person for NZAD which allows Darren to focus on ordering and developing relationships with overseas suppliers.

After a chance meeting at an Expo overseas Darren has secured the NZ Distribution of Opposite lock products including Bullbars and recovery gear- this is an exciting addition to the NZAD product lineup

2015 Full steam ahead for NZAD. Launching of this new website and much more of the range to Trademe. We are looking to launch the "Buy Local Campaign" to help keep NZ money in NZ helping NZ workers and businesses. 

"I work hard for my customers and my business. I work from when I wake until when I sleep-just ask the Mrs!. It is quite time consuming and hard work dealing with so many suppliers in different countries and trying to make it all work smoothly. It's been hard slog getting the business to where it is today and I really appreciate my customers- I get satisfaction in knowing I can help them solve problems and I love being able to find parts that others can't .



We use the parts we supply our customers on our family, friends and our own cars so you can always be assured you are buying quality. Most of the items we sell are what are termed as aftermarket items. These are parts that meet or exceed OEM quality parts


Testimonials/ Feedback

Here are but a few of the messages we receive from customers praising our work.

Great trade. These guys are on the ball, highly recommend. Thanks for the hassle free trade.

One word, Awesome :) One of the quickest transactions in TradeMe, parts arrived the following day from purchase. Recommend to all if you want a quick transaction :D

Fantastic service! Bought and paid in the afternoon, delivered the next morning. Could not ask for better. 10 out of 10, thanks Darren!

FAST.. if any quicker it would have been yesterday Thanks Ordered yesterday afternoon here next morning Awesome Trader AAA+++++

Thanks for the great trade. Excellent brakes now. Thanks also for the heads up on the mechanic that fitted them. AAAA+++++ Will be trading with you again!!!!!!!

Check out our Trademe feedback it just goes to show what we have accomplished in such a short time! No wonder people are trying to copy us!! http://www.trademe.co.nz/stores/nzad/feedback

We are always trying to better the way our business runs and serves customers, if you have an idea about the website or the way we do things please feel free to send us a quick email. Just click here sales@nzad.co.nz


Misson Statement

“Our mission is to be New Zealand’s largest and most preferred source for online car parts. We will do this through excellent customer service, knowledge and price”

Environment & Packaging

NZAD tries very hard to reduce the impact on the environment from waste by using recycled packaging and materials where we can. That's why your item will sometimes arrive in used cardboard boxes with used packaging material.

Please do your part at the other end by reusing, recycling or disposing of packaging and your used components properly Thank you.

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