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Old Oct 30th 2006, 7:31 pm
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Default What car to buy in NZ?

Hi,

We are just doing some research and budgeting for purchasing a car when we arrrive in Auckland. We are looking at spending £3000. Can anyone offer advice on the types of car to go for and some advice on insurance and general motoring costs? Needs to be practical, not flashy, its just the pair of us so doesnt have to be that big, both over 25.


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Default Re: What car to buy in NZ?

Originally Posted by DiffordA
Hi,
We are just doing some research and budgeting for purchasing a car when we arrrive in Auckland. We are looking at spending £3000. Can anyone offer advice on the types of car to go for and some advice on insurance and general motoring costs? Needs to be practical, not flashy, its just the pair of us so doesnt have to be that big, both over 25.
Subaru Outback or Legacy estate. Sweet boxer engine.

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Default What car to buy in NZ?

I shall be selling a 1998 Ford Mondeo, Verona edition similar to a LX around early December.

Owned from new by me, regular service, passes WOF easily, 75K miles on the clock, 1.8l engine, obviously a UK import, reliable car starts first time every time.

Got one or two scrapes on the body work but otherwise perfect condition.

Manual, AC, stereo, juice green colour.

A perfect buy.

PM me if you want some more details.
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Default Re: What car to buy in NZ?

Originally Posted by Nice Guy
I shall be selling a 1998 Ford Mondeo, Verona edition similar to a LX around early December.

Owned from new by me, regular service, passes WOF easily, 75K miles on the clock, 1.8l engine, obviously a UK import, reliable car starts first time every time.

Got one or two scrapes on the body work but otherwise perfect condition.

Manual, AC, stereo, juice green colour.

A perfect buy.

PM me if you want some more details.
has it been used for airport lift giving?
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Default Re: What car to buy in NZ?

Originally Posted by DiffordA
Hi,

We are just doing some research and budgeting for purchasing a car when we arrrive in Auckland. We are looking at spending £3000. Can anyone offer advice on the types of car to go for and some advice on insurance and general motoring costs? Needs to be practical, not flashy, its just the pair of us so doesnt have to be that big, both over 25.


Thanks!
Most of the cars are Jap imports and there are loads to choose from as soon as you enter a lot they are are on you.You can get NZ new ones as well.We bought a Toyota from Albany Toyota from the under $10k lot and it was spotless when we got it.We also got it insured with a company that only insures Toyota too.Make sure you bring your no claims cert some companys need them also.
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Default Re: What car to buy in NZ?

3k English Pounds=aprox 10k Kiwi Dollars---Toyota/Honda--from a biggish dealer--no problems.

Your biggest problem is going to be driving it on Kiwi roads and horror's of horror's Kiwi Drivers(well not exactly drivers -Aimers)

Watch out for the Asian's--they are in a class of their own.
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3k English Pounds=aprox 10k Kiwi Dollars---Toyota/Honda--from a biggish dealer--no problems.

Your biggest problem is going to be driving it on Kiwi roads and horror's of horror's Kiwi Drivers(well not exactly drivers -Aimers)

Watch out for the Asian's--they are in a class of their own.
Err, not quite, the dollar has dropped back a fair bit. I make it $8500.
You should get a decent import for that. Look for anything up to about 12K and haggle. You should get a fair bit off. We managed to get 20% off when we did it.
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Err, not quite, the dollar has dropped back a fair bit. I make it $8500.
You should get a decent import for that. Look for anything up to about 12K and haggle. You should get a fair bit off. We managed to get 20% off when we did it.
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Most sincere apolgies--when I came here in 1981 it was 3 to 1-I still get caught in the time warp--but the driving and drivers are still the same(Asians since then are a added bonus)
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Most sincere apolgies--when I came here in 1981 it was 3 to 1-I still get caught in the time warp--but the driving and drivers are still the same(Asians since then are a added bonus)

Sounds like we will do ok for our £3K. Mad drivers arent an issue, I learnt to drive in Cyprus, no roads, no markings and no respect for property!!! WACKY RACERS!

I hear insurance is very reasonable, this true?
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Default What car to buy in NZ?

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has it been used for airport lift giving?
Still no takers!

I have assigned that onerous duty to my deputy and he is very much a Kiwi man.

He has nearly got in to punch-ups with others when they start knobbing NZ.

His motto is "If you don't like it, then go"

Rather succinct, don't you think?!?!?
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Default Re: What car to buy in NZ?

Originally Posted by Nice Guy
I shall be selling a 1998 Ford Mondeo, Verona edition similar to a LX around early December.

Owned from new by me, regular service, passes WOF easily, 75K miles on the clock, 1.8l engine, obviously a UK import, reliable car starts first time every time.

Got one or two scrapes on the body work but otherwise perfect condition.

Manual, AC, stereo, juice green colour.

A perfect buy.

PM me if you want some more details.
Thank you very much for the offer, it could have been a tempting offer for us but unfortunately we wont be over there until March time next year.

Thanks again though, and to everyone for their thoughts and suggestions!
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Default Re: What car to buy in NZ?

Whatever you do --steer well clear of UK imports.

Ice and snow are cleared from the British roads by salt/grit--you can achieve the same result over here by driving into the sea--whichever choice you make it will still rust the car. We do not have the salty roads--so just drive it up and down the beach.
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Originally Posted by Tooanfrom
Whatever you do --steer well clear of UK imports.

Ice and snow are cleared from the British roads by salt/grit--you can achieve the same result over here by driving into the sea--whichever choice you make it will still rust the car. We do not have the salty roads--so just drive it up and down the beach.
Thats good advice!
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