Buying/Selling used car in New Zealand
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Dec 17, 2012 12:45 AM Last Post By: littlevampire
Dec 10, 2012 8:42 PM
Buying/Selling used car in New ZealandHey guys! Really excited about going New Zealand in Feb next year.
I am planning to spend 8 weeks there on both islands and if my work travel visa gets approved, i might extend another for another 4 weeks.
Initially, i considered Nakedbus as a form of travel around both islands but my friend who has been to NZ suggested that i buy a car as a lot of the places of interests are not so accessible by bus. So i am probably going to do so in Auckland. I intend to sell it when i get to the South Island, but which city/area is the best to sell the car in?
Also, i am looking to horse ride or get a job in the horse farm and ride/work at the same time. Is north or south island better?
Dec 10, 2012 9:03 PM
1Best to sell car in Christchurch or Queenstown :)
Dec 10, 2012 9:09 PM
2trademe.co.nz is a good place to do look and see what you will get for your money when you buy a car. Also a good way to buy/sell a car. There are also second had car markets in most major cities. Make sure you get an AA check (mechanic check) before you buy a car - they have them on site at the car markets.
Dec 10, 2012 9:12 PM
3thank you for the suggestions! Even if the car has a valid WOF and REG - i should do the mechanic check?
I am going to set aside 4 days in auckland to buy a car and 5 days in either Christchurch or Queenstown to sell it. Is that sufficient?
Dec 11, 2012 12:29 AM
4Work travel visa? Do you mean a Working Holiday visa? Not sure how much work thered be working with horses. Do you have any experience?
It only took me a couple of days each to buy my last 2 cars off Trade Me but I live in Auckland so was able to get around easily to look at any I thought suitable. Plus my husband knew what to look for so we didnt need to get a mechanical check done.I think buyings the easy part. Motor size and price were my main considerations.
Edited by: westwood
Dec 11, 2012 2:14 AM
5buying and selling a car takes as long as it takes, no guarantees. Obviously if you are prepared to buy anything that can be quick, and if you sell really cheaply that could also be quick. Don't expect to get anything like your money back.
you do know you can only have one working holiday visa - so is it worth using it just for four weeks work?
don't forget to investigate additional insurance (search these forums) and consider if you want breakdown cover.
Dec 11, 2012 2:23 AM
Dec 11, 2012 3:23 PM
Backpacker Board.co.nz website has a handy guide to buying a car to New Zealand as does Travellers Car Insurance.co.nz. Also check out Backpackerboard for work on horse farms - pretty much every week they have 1-4 positions listed...a lot of the time they are work for accommodation but sometimes paid. Driving a car is a great way to see the country as so much of it is not accessible by bus. Auckland has a big car fair every Sunday at the Ellerslie Race Track carfair.co.nz that could be a good place to try looking for a car.
Hope this helps.
Dec 11, 2012 8:14 PM
8Yep, definitely - will take up the additional insurance. It's a working holiday visa, that's right. I guess i might extend my trip a little depending also, depending on whether i land a slightly longer part time/temp job. Not sure how easy it would be in February for Auckland.
I've heard of some people reversing the trip - going from South to North instead as it might be easier to sell the car in Auckland - any thoughts on this?
Thanks for all the great input so far!
Dec 11, 2012 8:19 PM
Dec 11, 2012 8:23 PM
10I don't mind being an office temp in the city. I've read that fruit picking is tough so i will skip that. I wouldn't mind working with horses though. When exactly do the university students go back?
Ideally, i would work a few weeks first before embarking on the tour - then i won't have to worry about finding a job mid-trip (not counting the horse farm work, of course)
Dec 11, 2012 8:34 PM
114th March in Auckland. But if you only want to work for a few weeks, you might have trouble getting an employer take you on.
Dec 11, 2012 9:19 PM
Dec 11, 2012 11:19 PM
13These guys are our local horse trekking outfit.
They take on wwoofers to help with the horses. No pay, but you get accommodation and meals.
12 weeks is not a lot of time to travel around and try to make some money. Hope it works out for you.
Dec 16, 2012 6:42 AM
14I'm assuming that the 12 weeks is for travel and then the WHV is for a year right? Many horse studs in the Waikato in the triangle between Hamilton, Cambridge & Matamata. You don't say how experienced you are with what kind of horses though. Not sure they'd let an inexperienced rider loose on their $$$$ race-horses!
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