In September 1984, a young Ford Motor Company Executive and graduate gave up a successful career with the manufacturer in Melbourne to purchase a small, family run motor vehicle dealership in Trinity Gardens, South Australia.

The dealership, Jarvis Ford, had only became available for sale due to its owner, Steve Jarvis, passing away from cancer at an early age. At the time of the sale, a promise was made to Steve Jarvis’ widow Rita that the Jarvis name would be kept and the business run with the utmost integrity.

Since 1984 when there was a staff of 43 operating from one location, the Jarvis Group has grown today to over 300 employees and nine dealership locations, with franchises for Ford, Toyota, Subaru, Skoda, Suzuki, Isuzu Ute and Stihl.

The Jarvis Group of Companies is one of the largest privately owned automotive groups in Australia. It is a Quality Assured business and a major supporter of the local community and charities, donating in excess of $1.5 million to a wide range of South Australian and South East Asian charities.

The promises made to Rita Jarvis have been kept.

Timeline of the history of the Jarvis Group:

1984

Jarvis Ford, 190 Portrush Road, Trinity Gardens is purchased

1990

Frontline Ford at 477 North East Road, Hillcrest is purchased and commences trading as Jarvis Ford

1996

A new dealership is built and opens at the major intersection of Main North and Grand Junction Roads at Gepps Cross and commences trading as Jarvis Ford, specialising in used vehicles

1997

Treloar Motors at 218 Kensington Road, Marryatville is purchased and commences trading as Jarvis Ford

2000

A new site is purchased at 1278 South Road, Clovelly Park and commences trading as Jarvis Used

2001

Jarvis is appointed as a Toyota Dealer and the Jarvis Used site at Clovelly Park is rebranded as Jarvis Toyota

2001

The Jarvis Gepps Cross site is expanded and doubles in size

2005

Further expansion occurs at Gepps Cross, with Jarvis 4x4 and Commercials commencing trading across the road from the main site

2006

United Motors is purchased and commences trading as Jarvis Subaru from the corner of Hindley Street and West Terrace in Adelaide’s CBD

2006

The Jarvis Ford Site on Kensington Road is rebranded as Jarvis Subaru Used Vehicles

2010

A new site purchased at 29 Main North Road, Medindie to house Jarvis Subaru’s new vehicle sales whilst a new dealership is built in Adelaide’s CBD

2011

Jarvis Subaru’s brand new premises open at 190 West Terrace, Adelaide

2012

Elbens at Angaston is purchased and commences trading as Jarvis Barossa, with franchises of Subaru, Suzuki, Isuzu Ute and Stihl Shop, with the additional franchise of Skoda being appointed later in the year

2014

Work commences on building a brand new site for Jarvis Barossa at Tanunda

2015

Jarvis Barossa relocates from Angaston and opens a brand new dealership at Murray Street, Tanunda


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