This is the last part in a series of posts on buying a campervan in New Zealand. Previous posts explain about car dealerships catering to locals and to travellers, popular websites, and car fairs and auctions. In this last post I’m writing about notice boards.
Depending on the season, you will find it well worth the effort to search local notice boards for cars. Visit your local iSite and get as many addresses of hostels and motels and off you go! Every motel and hostel has a notice board with all sorts of information, and if you are looking to buy a car at the end of the summer season or in early autumn, you will be spoilt for choice.
I think broadly speaking we can say that there are two bigger segments: backpackers or working holiday makers who travel the country for a few months, normally in the warmer season, and leave the country at the end of March or in April. And then there are also those who spend a whole year in the country, arriving at the start of summer and leaving at the end of spring, so January is also a time of the year where you’ll find lots of offers, but you’ll also face more competition from fellow prospective buyers as more people enter the country.
As you can see, there are quite a few options available if you’re car-hunting. From regular car dealers to those specialising in the backpacker market, to car fairs, auctions and online notice boards and trading sites, to good old fashioned notice boards at hostels and motels.
I hope this has been a useful little overview on options available. Feel free to contact me with any questions. I’ll be writing more on the practical aspects of travelling through New Zealand in my following posts.