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Offline Zedd

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buying a car
« on: April 13, 2015, 11:38:04 am »
We were able to buy a car in Wellington with a 20% deposit down for a 3 year term because we have resident visas.  I noticed that second hand dealership cars are priced in roughly 3 price bands:
$5k - $7k - the "cheapies"
$8k - $10k - 2004 and upwards with reasonable mileage (< 150k km)
>$10 - popular cars (like Suzuki Swift) and others with lower mileage.

Dealerships that sell cars that are less than 5 years old and have mileage of less than 100k km charge upwards of  $17k.

What struck me was that it doesn't matter about the size of the car - it's what the customer is prepared to pay.

There's also trademe and online car auctions, but I wanted peace of mind with a maintenance guarantee of 2 years ($900 on top).

I'm glad that we sold our cars in SA and bought on this side - worth it!  Also, WOF on post 2000 cars is only required once a year whereas cars that are pre-2000 need WOF twice a year.
18 March 2013 - EOI submitted
3 April 2013 - EOI selected
10 May 2013 - ITA issued
23 July 2013 - ITA submitted
18 Sep 2014 - Resident visas approved
28 Feb 2015 - The chicken has landed!

Offline Seeker

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Re: buying a car
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2015, 10:20:04 am »
Thanks Zedd. It is this type of info that is often so valuable to know when you are trying to plan your way forward.

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Re: buying a car
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2015, 10:20:04 am »

Offline Katvis

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Re: buying a car
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2015, 09:42:57 am »
Hi everyone

I can recommend www.budgetcarsales.co.nz.  We came over on a work visa 3 weeks ago.  We landed the Sunday, took the train to Manakau station the Thursday, walked to the car dealership.  Michael, a guy from Malaysia came out and greeted us and helped us.  There are close to 400 vehicles one can choose from.  We got insurance and a 3 year mechanical warranty.  That evening he drove to our rental house to come and pick us up to show us around.

I can truly recommend them.