About Us

Towbar Express Ltd was established in 2002 to meet the need for well designed, well made, sharply priced towbars for the enormous range of imported and New Zealand new vehicles available in New Zealand. Prior to 2002, Smith’s Towbars, owned by Al Smith one of the company founders, provided a mobile fitting service, using New Zealand towbar manufacturers to supply products. The inability of other suppliers to meet delivery and range requirements resulted in the development of the LOCKON towbar range.

Our sharp prices are possible because we focus on making only genuine LOCKON Towbars. Our drive is to be exceptional in the one area, the manufacture and fitting of towbars. This has seen us grow to be the largest specialist supplier of aftermarket towbars in New Zealand, with the widest product range. We now provide thousands of towbars per year, via an agent network, throughout New Zealand. Staying independent of original vehicle manufacturers, allows us to offer you the best possible price, without the multiple levels and margins of OEM supply.

Based in Christchurch, we have both manufacture and retail operations at the one site in Waltham. In February 2013, an opportunity arose for us to open our own retail outlet in Te Aro, Wellington. All towbars remain manufactured at our base in Christchurch. For services in Wellington, the towbars are either sourced from stock or by overnight delivery from Christchurch. This allows us to offer the same one hour express fitting service for our Wellington customers

Committed to professional standards, we are members of the Motor Trade Association (MTA Assured). Our towbars are designed with both the load and the vehicle in mind. We manufacture towbars with extra gusseting for strength and spacer tubes to prevent chassis crush. Where suitable we use two bolt and pin type RHS removable tongues in the design, (reducing repair costs for you should someone run into the back of your car). These features are not seen, but delivering safety and value is our goal.

Our experienced team is available to answer any questions you may have concerning manufacture, fitting and auto electrical requirements.

Pick up the phone and talk with our friendly staff – it’s that easy!