Meet the Team


Dustin - Director

Working at prestige dealerships including Lamborghini, Bentley and Jaguar in London and Australia, as well as local workshops in Hamilton, has given Dustin a huge breadth of automotive knowledge and expertise. Dustin and Co-Director Darren worked together for a number of years prior to helping start Ultimate Automotive in 2006, where Dustin’s biggest priorities include organising and managing the team, providing customers with great customer service and helping with mechanical work. Dustin started his career in the automotive industry when he was 14, working for his uncle during school holidays. Since then, he has achieved an A-Grade Automotive Mechanic qualification, and completed factory training with Ford, Jaguar and Land Rover. After moving from his original home of Te Kuiti, Dustin settled in Hamilton, where he lives with his partner and stepson. When he’s not at the workshop, you’ll find him renovating their home or off snowboarding during the winter months.


Darren - Director and Mechanic

With over 24 years in the automotive industry, Darren is passionate about mechanical engineering and providing the best service and knowledge to his customers.
He takes particular care to ensure every vehicle leaving Ultimate Automotive is as safe and reliable as possible, and fully ready to be back onto the road after a top quality repair or service. Darren loves to keep up with the latest trends in automotive technology, and is always excited to learn about new changes and upgrades to different car models. As well as Darren’s wealth of experience he has also completed trade certificate and factory Ford training. Outside of motoring, Darren regularly spends time outdoors wakeboarding, fishing and camping with the family.


Doug - Workshop Manager

Doug started at Ultimate Automotive in 2007, six months after the business began, departing in 2010 but returning shortly after. Previously one of the senior technicians, Doug moved into the workshop manager roll in September 2015 and is now the main point of contact for customers, from talking with customers dropping their vehicles in for work, general enquiries or discussing repairs and maintenance. Doug has a wide knowledge and interest in the automotive industry. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and working on his project cars, with a passion for Holdens and other GM product.


Joe - Automotive Technician

A natural ability and interest in automotive mechanics led Joe down the path to his apprenticeship at Ultimate Automotive. Joe has been working in the industry since 2009 and enjoys learning something new every day on the job. He is always up for a new challenge, and recently worked on rebuilding a Subaru engine. In his spare time, he is a co-driver with his cousin in his Subaru WRX track car, and also loves to spend time gaming.


Dylan - Automotive Technician

Started at Ultimate Automotive in 2013 in a work experience role before gaining an apprenticeship. Dylan shows a natural aptitude for automotive, having grown up doing motocross and having a general interest in cars. Grew up in Paeroa and enjoys going back on a regular basis to see friends and family. Has a passion for hunting and fishing in the Coromandel. His favourite day of the year is Crate Day.



Murray - Automotive Technician

Murray joined Ultimate Automotive in 2015. He has been in the auto repair industry for over 30 years, over which he’s seen a lot of changes. He still has a passion to learn new skills and technical knowledge to deal with today’s vehicle fleet. In his spare time he likes to stay at his bach in the Coromandel and go fishing. Murray also enjoys motor bikes and driving his 1956 Ford Consul, and has a collection of Austin 7s.