Used Car Deal Tips
for budget vacations New Zealand
A used car deal for budget vacations in
New Zealand becomes more viable with long term travelling plans.
For the duration of a maximum of twelve months travellers with
a valid overseas driver's licence or
an International Driving
Permit can drive in New Zealand. Afterwards it becomes
obligatory to sit the NZ driving test.
To stay safe and drive confidently on New Zealand roads read
up on safe
driving tips. Some rules are unique to our islands and found
Used car deal: private or licensed dealer
First, weigh up the pros and cons whether to
choose a car dealer or a private seller. Determine
exactly your budget and the type of transport you are looking for.
Used car dealer
- more expensive
- often a warranty comes for a limited time with
- some offer appraised cars, that have received
a mechanical check
Private car seller
- It should have:
- A Warrant of Fitness (WOF), less than twenty
eight days old (found in the right top corner of the front window )
- A valid license (often called registration, found in the
bottom corner of the windscreen)
- for diesel-cars compare the road user charges
(RUC) with the odometer found in the left corner
Note any unpaid fee is to be paid by the new owner!
Play an online jig
saw puzzle from NZ.
Find a private used car seller
TradeMe www.trademe.co.nz (New Zealand version of Ebay)
- Popular on and off-line are:
Trade and Exchange,
www.te.co.nz and www.autotrader.co.nz
- often cars for sale are positioned along
- Car fairs:
- Auckland's biggest one is Auckland
Car Fair at Ellerslie Racecourse, Greenlane, Auckland; held
every Sunday between 9am and 12am, www.carfair.co.nz
- Auckland City Car Fair at the
Corner of Halsey & Gaunt Street, Auckland City, Auckland; held
on Saturday between 9am and 1pm
Mobile: 021 932 287
PH: (09) 837 7817
- Travellers often sell and buy their vehicles
at the Backpacker’s Car Market,
www.backpackerscarmarket.co.nz, or on backpacker
- Buy back
To save the hassle when you plan to move on and to sell
your vehicle their are companies like www.kiwibuyback.co.nz who sell
and buy them back at an agreed price beforehand.
For your peace of mind
- A pre-inspection gives information on the
mechanical condition of the car. This service is available in centres
or mobile at most car fairs.
- The vehicle history report,
details how many owner, odometer readings at different times, ownership
details (stolen vehicle), and most importantly about finance owing.
Finance owing with the car as security affects automatically the new
owner. The lender may take the car if the loan remains unpaid. - This
report can be ordered by phone.
- AA buyersguide
offers information and services
from your New Zealand holidays.
Buying a used car
Once you found a second hand car
that fulfils your requirements it is a simple process to transfer the
ownership. Both seller and buyer sign the certificate of ownership. The
form can be picked up at any post office, AA Centre, or often is made
available by car fair
form returned to any post office or AA Centre inclusive a fee of around
$10 makes the change of ownership official.
After two to three weeks, the certificate of
ownership is in your mail. Evident is to provide a postal address where
you are at this time in New Zealand.
Other fees that go hand in hand with your car are
the licensing fee. This fee applies to every
car. The licensing fee adjusts to car, van, and motorcycle petrol or
diesel and is paid 3,6,9 or 12 months in advance. While road
user charges are
for diesel-cars only and are payable in advance per 1000km. All can be
paid at any post office or AA Centre.
Car insurance in New Zealand is
not obligatory, though highly recommended is third party insurance that
covers accidental damage on property like cars.
At the end when your used car deal
its services and you resold the car remember to record the transfer at
a post office. Otherwise, your name links
tickets and fines.