how to buy a used car nz

Buying a used car in New Zealand can be a cost-effective transport option if you’re planning on visiting for a few months or more.
Both the buyer and seller are required to notify the New Zealand Transport Agency immediately after a vehicle is bought and sold.
You can buy the car ‘as is where is’, but under this option you’ll need to drive the car directly from where you buy it to a garage or inspection station to get a warrant.
However, it is recommended that you get third party insurance at least so if you cause an accident, you are covered for any damage you cause to other cars.

– Ask about the history of the car such as when the car was last serviced or things recently changed such as the cam belt –if that goes you engine will be up s**t creek! If you’ve got some extra cash it might be worth getting a service to help the car last for the whole trip.
However you may find a cheap deal out of town which might not have been round New Zealand twenty times already! On arrival in one of these cities do a quick scout of the local area and visit places such as supermarkets & hostel noticeboards, local car shops and garages, outside hostels and hostel receptions.
Be wary of people putting oil thickener into their engine before selling it – it will keep the black smoke down until you drive it off!! Take it round the block then check the smoke levels again or come back at later time.
Dont pay any more than your wiling to lose! I sold my trusty nissan bluebird for $600 when I left nz and I bought it for $1200 although I heard that it was being sold six months later in Queenstown for $1800!! If you’re arrriving early summer with the intention of spending the summer and then selling at the end, be aware lots of other folks want to do the same.
– Take the car up a hill and check engine strength –there’s some big hills in NZ! Listen for ‘pinking’ a metal tapping noise as the engine strains to get up the hill; this is where the engine isn’t firing properly usually caused by bad timing.
There are a variety of ways to buy a backpacker’s car in New Zealand – notice boards (like this site) private ads in papers, roadside sales, car auctions, car fairs and obviously car dealers.
Travellers Car Insurance offer low cost insurance for backpackers who have bought a campervan, car or motorcycle and offer instant online quotes and sales for policies from 3-12 months.
Know the value of cars in New Zealand – do your research first – and don’t be persuaded to go above what you know is the market price by the market proprietor – they may not be acting in your best interest.
New Zealand imports many Japanese cars; the Japanese roadworthy requirements are so stringent that it may not be worth fixing a car that is only a few years old, so off it goes to NZ.
Due to natural disaster many of the Central Christchurch motor vehicle dealers and subsequent backpacker dealers have left the city centre and are now selling vehicles in the Addington and Hornby areas, which is a short bus ride from backpackers around the city.
Before you do this, remember: New Zealand has an excellent network of inexpensive hostels and campsites, and also one major crime problem: theft from cars.
That said, I’ve now owned four New Zealand cars bought and sold at these times, and never lost more than $200 each time.
Late model rental cars, vans, minibuses & 4WD station wagons for hire at Christchurch airport.
Many of these tips are true regardless of where you are looking to buy a car, but there are a few concerns specific to cars in New Zealand that you should be aware of.
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If you buy a car privately, both the seller and the buyer must independently notify Land Transport NZ of the change of ownership within seven days of the sale.
You will need to fill in a change of ownership section on the vehicle’s Certificate of Registration (which should be provided by the seller) and you will need to produce identification.
It’s a good idea to get a history check on the vehicle in case it is stolen or there are outstanding fines.
Check the safety ratings of the most common New Zealand-used passenger vehicles built between 1982-2006 at Land Transport NZ.
A history check will cost between $20-$30 and can be done online by providing the vehicle’s license plate number.
Do you have children or pets? Do you need to transport work equipment, large loads or tow a trailer? Where do you drive – in rural areas, take long trips or drive mostly around town? Consider the car’s body style, transmission type (automatic or manual), fuel consumption, engine size, safety and comfort features to find out what will best suit all your needs.
The VIR® is an important legal document that you should keep in a safe place with the rest of your vehicle’s documents.
The quickest and easiest way to notify us that you have bought or sold a vehicle is to do it online through our transaction centre.
If you’re buying a vehicle with personalised plates and you wish to have those plates, you’ll need to negotiate this separately with the seller and complete a transfer agreement.
Note: If your vehicle weighs 6000kg or over, you will also need to apply for a transport service licence (if you do not have one already).
Both the buyer and seller are required to notify us immediately when a vehicle is bought and sold.
This proof could be the receipted customer section of the Notice by person acquiring motor vehicle form (MR13B) issued by one of our licensing agents.
Follow these easy steps to avoid getting caught with other people’s unpaid licence fees and fines – whether you’re the seller or the buyer.
A vehicle with rust in the areas shown in the diagram will likely fail a warrant of fitness inspection and repairs will be costly.
How does the car drive up hill? This is a good time to check for blue exhaust smoke (from burning oil).
Under this option you’ll need to give the seller a written promise that you’ll only drive the car from where you buy it to a garage or inspection station to get a warrant.
This section offers some advice on the steps to take to reduce the chance of buying an unsafe vehicle and increasing your risks on the road.
One owner since import, in very good condition, selling because of upgrade after 4 years.
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Here’s our guide to your rights if a car deal goes wrong when buying privately or through a dealer, including how to take a claim to the Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal and Disputes Tribunal.
A dealer is required to attach to every motor vehicle displayed for sale a "consumer information notice" (CIN).
If the dealer offers an interest-free loan, check there are no extra hidden fees and that the asking price hasn’t been inflated.
Every vehicle sold by a dealer must have a warrant of fitness issued no more than one month before the date the vehicle is delivered to the buyer.
If you haggle hard to get a good discount and keep the car for at least 10 years, you will have the pleasure of buying a new car and you can ensure it is serviced regularly – so it should be reliable.
As part of the process of purchasing a vehicle both buyer and seller must complete change of ownership documentation.
A vehicle for sale by a dealer must have a current (less than one month old) warrant of fitness.
A dealer must complete and attach a CIN card to every motor vehicle displayed for sale.
A dealer must provide you with a vehicle sale agreement.
For buyers and sellers to get an idea of a fair market price (while taking the condition of the vehicle into account) get an AA Vehicle Valuation report.
To get an independent and unbiased opinion of the l condition of the vehicle get an AA Pre Purchase Inspection report.
You can choose to extend your third party cover to protect your vehicle if it’s lost or damaged through fire or theft.
Registration of ownership simply defines who is responsible for the vehicle, in particular for paying licensing fees and fines.
If you need to get a warrant of fitness (WoF) for the vehicle, the AA can help.
All cars sold by licensed motor vehicle dealers (LMVD) in New Zealand are covered by the consumer guarantees act for motor vehicles.
You will often be able to negotiate ten percent off the price of used cars with dealers – but if you have researched the market carefully, you will find these dealers have often inflated their prices expecting to ultimately give the discount.
A number of American cars aren’t available because cars in New Zealand are driven on the left side of the road – like Australia, the UK and Japan.
Used cars in New Zealand fall into two categories – Imports and “New Zealand New”.
In addition to the statutory guarantee, some dealers will also provide purchasers with a further 3 months / 5,000 kilometre mechanical warranty – if it’s not offered, ask for it to be included in the sale price.
You should be able to find companies that will rent you a car for $20 a day for such a long rental, which will include insurance and breakdown cover – this equates to $1800 for the 3 months.
You would be best to make sure your travel insurance contained 3rd party risk, as you will be seen by most Insurance companies as a "high risk" proposition.
Asa minimum, please get thuird party insurance, that will cover damage to some one elses property, but does not cover your vehicle.
A liitle googleing on car insurance companies in NZ might throw up some quotes if you feel you need insurance on an old banger.
Do the panels match properly? Is the paint color consistent on every panel? Has the whole car been repainted recently? If it has had a recent paint job, what is it covering? It could be covering cheap rust repair or panel work.
If you are not sure how to do this, have a qualified motor mechanic or your road service organization check it out.
Again, if you are not sure how to do this have a qualified motor mechanic or your road service organization check it out.
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