Car dealerships in Auckland

Old Sep 15, 20, 1:02 am
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Car dealerships in Auckland

Is there a specific area in Auckland known for car dealerships or are they distributed randomly? Need to buy a Ute early next year and wonít have long to search..
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Old Sep 15, 20, 1:06 am
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Looking for new or used?
https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/motors?cid=1&bof=C51EcQGY

Great South Rd has some dealers
https://goo.gl/maps/kQZvoAZ6HmEa9sXs9

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Old Sep 15, 20, 6:48 am
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Thanks for that. Probably used, 2 years old maybe. Weíre planning a 5 month trip with a lot of camping. Iím probably starting to plan in detail too early though!
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Old Sep 15, 20, 7:42 pm
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Thanks for that. Probably used, 2 years old maybe. We’re planning a 5 month trip with a lot of camping. I’m probably starting to plan in detail too early though!
Been to Kiwiland before?
Used utes have good resale value: a 2 year old ute will be $$$$$$. Selling may take time. Selling quickly at a low price could happen. Look at https://www.trademe.co.nz/ (The NZ ~ebay)
Unsure what you mean by "camping". Just stopping on the roadside, in a forest, on a beach or river side (= freedom camping ) is illegal in many places. Freedom camping is a problem is many places. Parking tickets are slapped on windscreens.
1000's of backpackers (mainly EU & UK) touring NZ in camper vans or people movers, of various age and quality. These have to be "self contained" (on board toilet)
NZ Government web site--> https://www.govt.nz/browse/recreatio...eedom-camping/

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https://www.backpackerboard.co.nz/no...campervans.php
https://backpackercar.co.nz/cars-forsale/
https://travelcarsnz.com/backpacker-campervans/
https://bpccars.co.nz/
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I would try to buy online in advance. Maybe you pay on arrival and inspection but otherwise that's it. You'll need time to get registration, insurance, etc sorted. Arriving without something already lined up could take up valuable camping time
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Old Sep 16, 20, 1:37 pm
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Been to Kiwiland before?
Used utes have good resale value: a 2 year old ute will be $$$$$$. Selling may take time. Selling quickly at a low price could happen. Look at https://www.trademe.co.nz/ (The NZ ~ebay)
Unsure what you mean by "camping". Just stopping on the roadside, in a forest, on a beach or river side (= freedom camping ) is illegal in many places. Freedom camping is a problem is many places. Parking tickets are slapped on windscreens.
1000's of backpackers (mainly EU & UK) touring NZ in camper vans or people movers, of various age and quality. These have to be "self contained" (on board toilet)
NZ Government web site--> https://www.govt.nz/browse/recreatio...eedom-camping/

sample
https://www.backpackerboard.co.nz/no...campervans.php
https://backpackercar.co.nz/cars-forsale/
https://travelcarsnz.com/backpacker-campervans/
https://bpccars.co.nz/
So, Iím budgeting $40k NZ for the vehicle, may try and sell it at the end of the trip or may put it into storage for a return trip after the next winter.
By camping I meant staying in a tent in campsites. Some off the beaten track DOC site and some commercial camp grounds. We did a 2 month trip in a campervan in 2017. It was an amazing experience but the campervan limited some of the places we could visit. For example I want to do the Rainbow road and stay at Lake Tennyson hence the need for a 4x4. Iím in my late 50s and retired. We are not camping to save money but because we like it.
Thank you for the links
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Old Sep 16, 20, 1:42 pm
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I would try to buy online in advance. Maybe you pay on arrival and inspection but otherwise that's it. You'll need time to get registration, insurance, etc sorted. Arriving without something already lined up could take up valuable camping time
I was planning to contact some dealers closer to the time to ascertain how long the purchase process could take but you make a good point. I said in my first post Ď early next yearí I meant to say early next autumn. We plan to arrive in Auckland end of September so we are at the very early planning stage and obviously all of it is Covid dependent!
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Old Sep 16, 20, 1:47 pm
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So, I’m budgeting $40k NZ for the vehicle, may try and sell it at the end of the trip or may put it into storage for a return trip after the next winter.
By camping I meant staying in a tent in campsites. Some off the beaten track DOC site and some commercial camp grounds. We did a 2 month trip in a campervan in 2017. It was an amazing experience but the campervan limited some of the places we could visit. For example I want to do the Rainbow road and stay at Lake Tennyson hence the need for a 4x4. I’m in my late 50s and retired. We are not camping to save money but because we like it.
Thank you for the links
OK That's good. For rego & insurance you will need a physical address (or some one who will hold your mail).
Rego transfer is easy (on line). Insurance may be harder to get .
Also there are international long haul flights into CHC, and AU trans Tasman flight into other NZ airports
Be aware NZ may not be open to general tourism in early - mid 2021.
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Old Sep 17, 20, 1:21 am
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Thatís a good point about the physical address, I had looked at the AA both for insurance and breakdown cover and I must have skipped over the address requirement in my enthusiasm! Something like Private Box may work for that?
This whole trip is very much at the amassing information stage, not even at planning yet but I had assumed we will fly DUB- DXB - AKL if thatís still an option after Covid. We have friends in Melbourne and will go home that route. And I take your point about NZ maybe not being ready for general tourism., we can but see.
I think we will have to spend more time in AKL at the start than I had originally envisioned. As well as finding/buying the vehicle I want to get a second battery, DC to DC charger and a solar panel installed ( mostly to run a fridge) At home Iíd fit that myself but without the tools and a location to work Iíll need to find an auto spark. Again, hopefully I can set that all up before arriving. Iím hoping 2 weeks might do it!!
Planning is part of the adventure!
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My NZ car rego is sent to a PO Box, but also has a physical address

Pre Covid-19
- EK used to fly DXB-SYD-CHC
- QR used to fly DOH-AKL (non stop)
- SQ SIN-CHC (and still does once a week)
- CX used to fly HKG-CHC (seasonal) and HKG-AKL
What it will be post Covid-19 is unknown - a big guess.
AKL is not the only international airport in NZ

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May interest you-
http://www.ironman4x4.co.nz/products
http://www.ironman4x4.co.nz/store-locator
Most people do not to that extreme. Just a normal 4WD ute will get you most places

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Old Sep 17, 20, 8:16 am
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From what I’ve read Private Box gives you a physical address as well as a box number. I may have misunderstood that though. Thanks for the links. I suspect that most of what we will do other than the Rainbow Road (if that happens) will require ground clearance rather than 4x4 but I like to be prepared!
Re the flights. The cheapest option for us is nearly always Emirates ex Dublin. With the right deal F is cheaper than BA J! Last time we flew into Wellington, via Melbourne and out of Christchurch. DUB - WLG was a long slog even up front! That may have been influenced by Xmas at home and NYE in WLG. The celebrations and the jet lag finished me for a week!
My thinking this time is 2fold: AKL would have the most vehicles to choose from and If the seasons are slow to warm up I would rather be camping up north in October!
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I would try to buy online in advance. Maybe you pay on arrival and inspection but otherwise that's it. You'll need time to get registration, insurance, etc sorted. Arriving without something already lined up could take up valuable camping time
I think I would be nervous of buying sight unseen. Iím hoping 2 weeks might get the vehicle bought and kitted out. Lots to do in and around AKL if we have to wait a bit.
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I think I would be nervous of buying sight unseen. I’m hoping 2 weeks might get the vehicle bought and kitted out. Lots to do in and around AKL if we have to wait a bit.
I mean have it lined up and final payment dependent on inspection... Worst case you lose your deposit but it's better than trying to get around to dealers without a vehicle and at the mercy of whatever happens to be at the lot.

Ideally you taxi from the airport to the dealer, do a final test drive and finalize payment. Then drive straight to get rego, etc. By the end of your first day you are all done with that mess. Then drop it at a 4WD shop to get it kitted for a couple days in AKL before you head out.

I say that because NZ isn't a big country. Even in the biggest city... the ideal vehicle just might not be there waiting for you on a lot when you arrive.
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I mean have it lined up and final payment dependent on inspection... Worst case you lose your deposit but it's better than trying to get around to dealers without a vehicle and at the mercy of whatever happens to be at the lot.

Ideally you taxi from the airport to the dealer, do a final test drive and finalize payment. Then drive straight to get rego, etc. By the end of your first day you are all done with that mess. Then drop it at a 4WD shop to get it kitted for a couple days in AKL before you head out.

I say that because NZ isn't a big country. Even in the biggest city... the ideal vehicle just might not be there waiting for you on a lot when you arrive.
I hear what you say. I don't plan to be too fussy, the right age, mileage, mechanically sound and that's about it. Hopefully I'll find something quickly. (My wife my be more fussy!!) I'm happy enough to spend a couple of weeks in Auckland. I'll contact some dealers closer to the time and see what they say.
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I'd be very surprised if you didn't have a lot of reasonable options within your mentioned budget in Auckland. Looking at TradeMe just now I see around 2500 results for SUV/Ute in Auckland in the NZ$20-$40k range. Limiting it to 2020-2018 vehicles still leaves you with ~850 choices.

It's the sort of thing you look at ~10 days before flight on TradeMe, pick out 2-3 most likely options and email the dealers saying you'd like to have a test drive on Day X. Explain that you're flying in, looking at a couple of options and buying the same day, will be paying cash, and need them to arrange rego and insurance on the same day and you're likely to get a lot of "Great - see you then!" responses. Reasonable chance the dealers may even offer to buy it back from you after the trip. Buy AA membership in Ireland and you get reciprocal benefits (I think...!) here in NZ with NZ AA.
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