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Meet the team

Auto Advantage has a team of highly professional and experienced motor vehicle consultants and administrators waiting to help you buy a new or used car.

Every member of our team is dedicated to helping you get the right car at the very best possible price, saving you time, money and hassle.

Call us on 1300 653 119 today and speak to one of our team members.

Simon Duwner

General Manager

Simon is one of the region’s most experienced motor vehicle sales professionals with more than 20 years work in the industry. 

He was appointed as General Manager of Auto Advanatge in July 15 and leads a team of specialist Motor Vehicle Consultants and Administration professionals to service more than 1000 customers every year.

He has a specialised knowledge of a diverse range of new and used cars including Holden, Ford, Toyota and Nissan.

Throughout his career he also held management roles that have included the development of management and customer relations skills.

Simon is married and has two children.



Brendan Dooley
Motor Vehicle Consultant

Brendan has been in the car industry for the more than 30 years and with Auto Advantage since 2007.

Brendan is regarded as one of the Hunter's most experienced and knowledgeable motor vehicle consultants.

He lives with his wife and three boys and is a true country boy at heart. Brendan likes to get away to the family farm at every opportunity to ride motor bikes & the horses with his boys.

Although slightly worse for wear after too many years of rugby and league, Brendan still plays touch football to keep fit.


Khal Baitieh
Motor Vehicle Consultant

Khal joined Auto Advantage in November 2011.

He has nearly 20 years' industry experience and knowledge, and spent most of those years selling Toyota vehicles as well as brand new Audi vehicles.  Khal has held the positions of new car manager and fleet manager.

Khal enjoys spending his spare time with his wife and two boys, who at the ages of two and six, keep him just as busy away from the office.

Auto Advantage welcomes Khal to the motor vehicle team.


Rod McGrath

Motor Vehicle Consultant

Rod joined Auto Advantage in 2016 after working in the motor vehicle industry for more than 12 years. He has enjoyed working in a number of management roles in the car retail sector for makes including  Holden, Kia and Isuzu. Rod joined Auto Advantage because he was keen to work with an organisation that was committed to providing great customer service while helping people through the car buying process.

While Rod is passionate about customer experience, he also maintains a work-life balance through weekend road trips with his family. Rod grew-up at the foot of the Blue Mountains before moving to the Hunter about 14 years ago where he, his wife and two kids now proudly call home.





Lisa Don 
Lend Advantage Business Manager - Finance and Insurance

Lisa is a highly experienced sales representative having moved into financial and insurance more than eight years ago. 

She has worked for the past 12 years in the motor vehicle industry in the Hunter and has a demonstrated ability to win clients and foster strong and lasting relationships with fellow employees and customers

With access to more than eight lenders with a range of different financing options, Lend Advantage can tailor loans to suit the specific needs of customers. 

Lisa works with customers to understand their individual requirements, calculate borrowing capacity and provide a range of financing and insurance options.




Gail Burton
Office Manager

Despite her love of motor vehicles, Gail Burton did not think she would ever work in the car industry.

But when she learned of an administration position working with the Auto Advantage team, the one-time medical receptionist was interested.

Gail, her husband and two adult sons are keen muscle car enthusiasts that collectively own between six and nine cars.  As the only female in her immediate family she also remains the only Holden fan, while husband Peter and sons Josh and Jeffery are Ford fans.

Having spent most of her career working with medical specialists and general practices, Gail is now a valuable part of the Auto Advantage administration team.


Katherine Rees
Administration Assistant

Katherine joined Auto Advanatge in 2016.

A motor vehicle enthusiast with six years’ of industry experience, Katherine relocated from Sydney with her young daughter.

She enjoys the close-knit nature of the Auto Advantage team, and the opportunity to work for an organisation that helps people negotiate the car-buying process. 







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