About Cottrell & Ross - Panel Beating, Auto Refinishing and Car Repairs

Telephone: 09 438 4110
259 Port Rd, Port Whangarei, Whangarei 0110

Automotive, marine and light industrial panel & paint

About Us

Cottrell & Ross: a legacy of excellence

Cottrell & Ross have been providing Whangarei with expert panel and paint services for over 60 years; building up a large working knowledge of makes and models of vehicles, paint requirements and welding and finishing technologies. We keep our focus on the standard of our repairs and the quality of our customer service, taking great pride in our reputation for being friendly, down to earth and above all, honest.


Cottrell & Ross started out in the 1950’s as Bill Cottrell Car Painters, a family-run auto paint workshop. Bill Cottrell, the original owner, soon went into partnership with Clive Ross, a long-time employee, and together they successfully grew and evolved Cottrell & Ross into a thriving Whangarei business. Clive and his wife Carol eventually took over the running of the workshop and business, expanding the services and improving the workshop technology and equipment to an extremely high standard. History has now repeated, with Tim Wall – a dedicated employee of over 15 years – having purchased off Clive and Carol to continue the legacy of Cottrell & Ross. Tim and his wife Amy are both working full time in the business, with Clive still an active member of the team, giving a sense of continuity and ensuring the smooth transition of ownership.



A new vision for Cottrell & Ross: looking to the future

Tim and Amy’s vision for the future of Cottrell & Ross is vibrant, exciting, and completely in keeping with the original values of the company. Their overriding focus is on continuing the value of good honest work for a good honest price: this is at the core of every service completed at Cottrell & Ross. There have been a few changes however, including the reinforcement of the panel beating side of the business, and the strengthening of the Speedliner franchise: of which Cottrell & Ross are the proud Northland owners. Another passion which is becoming a large service offering is the restoration of classic and specialty vehicles: this is a true passion for Tim, and he is keen to continue growing this side of the business.




Cottrell & Ross services include:

  • Panel beating
  • Car painting & colour matching
  • Insurance repairs
  • Restoring classic & specialty vehicles
  • Boat painting




  • Commercial/fleet repairs & maintenance
  • Plastic welding
  • Rust repairs
  • Speedliner tuff deck spray coating