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.
In Auckland, you may want to check Ellerslie Car Fair. Details are as follows:
Main Gates: Green Lane East
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
Wrights Road Entrance
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.
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:
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.