Owned by the Kingdon family, Kingdon Wessex is the South West’s leading commercial vehicle dealership offering sales of new and used DAF trucks supported by unrivalled service and parts backup across the region.
With many years of experience in both the heavy and light commercial vehicle sectors, Kingdon Wessex has built an enviable reputation for quality and customer service. We recognise the value that our customers place on the aftersales backup that we provide and we aim to deliver the best package available in the market.
Kingdon Wessex now employ over 150 staff across 4 locations comprising of 3 main service centres at Saltash in Cornwall, Heathfield near Newton Abbot in Devon and Taunton in Somerset plus a minor service centre at Camborne in Cornwall. With 55 technicians (including 7 Master technicians) we have the ability and equipment to service both the DAF range of vehicles as well as trailers and vehicles from other manufacturers.
Most urgent parts requirements can be delivered within hours from our stock of over 8,000 separate lines through our fleet of 24 parts vans delivering up to 5 times a day, Monday to Saturday, depending on location. Items that we don’t hold in stock can generally be delivered next day via DAF Parts Distribution centres.
"The above photo was taken in 1986 at the Royal Cornwall Show when I was the same age as my son is today. DAF UK was based at Marlow and was making progress with expanding sales in the UK but had a limited range 16 tonnes upwards and only 3 to 4 % of the UK market. In 1987 DAF merged with Leyland which gave us a product range from 7.5t to 38t and a market share of around 23%. We were appointed the franchise for Devon and Cornwall and subsequently purchased Taunton DAF which added Somerset to our territory. DAF have retained in excess of 30% of the UK market for several years.
The website shows the current team driving the business forward with new ideas and thinking and a determination to keep pace with the demands and challenges of modern day transport.
Although I have retired from the trading company and day to day running of the business it is excellent to see a great team ready to take the business forward for many years to come."
Nick Kingdon, Chairman Kingdon Holdings
Meet The Team
Henry Kingdon - Group Managing Director
Mike Harris - Group Finance Director
Ian Bone - Group Parts Director
Heather Crail - Group HR Manager
Gary Anderson - Group Truck Sales Manager
Gary Clarke - Assistant Group Parts Manager
Mark Tyrrell - Service Manager Heathfield
Mike Carwithen - Service Manager Saltash
Daren Hill - Service Manager Taunton