Buying a car or campervan in New Zealand: car fairs and auctions (IV)

This is the fourth part in a series of posts on buying a car in New Zealand. The previous posts offer an overview on different sales channels and deal with car dealerships, both for locals and those targetting the travellers’ market. In this article we’ll explore yet another place to find a suitable vehicle – car fairs and auctions.

When you’re starting your trip through New Zealand, chances are you’ll either land in Christchurch or Auckland, the main markets for buying used cars. Having looked at car dealerships tailored to either locals or travellers, car fairs and auctions provide more of an overlap between those two segments. Depending on the season, you will find more or less  backpacker cars and vans on offer at car fairs.

Car fairs

In Auckland, you may want to check Ellerslie Car Fair. Details are as follows:

Ellerslie Racecourse
Main Gates: Green Lane East
Greenlane 1051
Tel: (09) 529 2233

The fair is open every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Follow this link to the fair’s website to get information on how it all works.

If you start out in Christchurch, visit Canterbury Car Fair:

Canterbury Car Fair
Addington Raceway
Wrights Road Entrance
Canterbury 8024

The fair takes place every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. There is no website, but this link to Yellow Pages provides basic details and a map.

Car auctions

Another option for buying a vehicle are Turners Car Auctions. These take place not only in Christchurch or Auckland, but several major cities all over New Zealand. You can take part in an auction online or go there in person. Turners’ website informs on when and where auctions take place in the respective cities. There are different auctions, depending on the type of vehicle (cars, utility vehicles, damaged, etc.) and the price range. All you need to know about buying a car at an auction can be found on Turners’ website:

A simple guide to buying a vehicle at Turners
Browse vehicles at Turners
Buyers’ fees at Turners

In my next article on buying a car in New Zealand, I’ll talk about the main online resources. In the meantime, thanks for reading, and feel free to ask questions or comment below.

Christina Hegele

About the author: Christina Hegele runs Sandal Road, a blog on her favourite destinations. It just so happened that 95% turned out to be about New Zealand. Follow Christina and her blog on Twitter, like her blog on Facebook, and subscribe to her Youtube channel. Alternatively, subscribe to her email newsletter at the top right of this blog.

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  1 comment for “Buying a car or campervan in New Zealand: car fairs and auctions (IV)

  1. Katharina Hermanns
    11 January, 2017 at 04:54

    Hey 🙂

    Does the car fair in Christchurch still exist? Do you know any other places in Christchurch where I could sell my Van?

    Thank you 🙂

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