About

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5000+

Towed Cars
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3

Team Members
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30

Years in CHCH
  • As a local with 22 years prior experience owning an Auto Electrical shop, I know CHCH & Canterbury back to front and my passion for cars extends to club level motorsport (Rally, Rally Sprints & Hillclimbs). I offer honest advice including a sharp attention to detail with both the transportation and communication process

    Chris Banks
    Owner
    Ashleys Tow Taxi

History

  • 1990

    Ashley’s Tow Taxi began operating in Christchurch in April 1990. The original founder, Merv Graver, saw the need to provide a slightly different type of towing service that was currently on offer. With a specially designed low loader trailer pulled by a Toyota Landcruiser, Merv’s Tow Taxi began providing a specialised tow and breakdown service to the motoring industry in the city. The trailers unique design enabled vehicles that were lowered and fitted with spoilers etc to be transported easily and without damage.

    The business outgrew the trusty Landcruiser and trailer rig and so now operate modern slide deck trucks. They have proved to be even better than the trailer with very low entry angles and good sized dimensions that enable operation in tight spaces.

  • 2002

    Peter Farr took over in December 2002. Peter has been in the Christchurch motor trade for forty odd years and is a qualified A Grade Automotive Engineer. He has been very fortunate to have on his staff some very capable and trade qualified operators to work with him continuing the tradition of Ashley’s Tow Taxi.

  • 2019

    Chris took the reins in late 2019, he is a Cantabrian and grew up on a family farm of crop & livestock with the knowledge of all things mechanical.

    As a qualified Auto Electrician, Chris started his first business Vantage Automotive & Auto Electrical, he then qualified as a carpenter in 2013 and worked in commercial building construction.

    Returning to the automotive industry is second nature to Chris because of his geographical knowledge of Christchurch & wider Canterbury as well as understanding the make & care vehicles.