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Thread: Buying a used car

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    Default Buying a used car

    We land in NZ in just over 6 weeks and one of the first things we have on our to-do list is to buy a car.

    We will be buying a used car probably around the $8-10k price.

    Does anyone out their have any tips or experiences related to buying a used car in NZ (ie things to avoid or look out for)?

    I have bought a number of used cars in the US and I was just looking for tips that are specific to how things work in NZ.

    Thanks

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    This has often been discussed on the forum before. Here are some old threads to give you some help. http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&i...i=&safe=images

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    we are going to go to Turners Auctions, you could check out their website, nationwide

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    We'll be moving a day after you!! I have no advise, but I will be checking in on the answers you get as I have the same question.
    Good luck with your move!

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    make sure if you buy privately that you check there is no finance outstanding on the vehicle. get the car checked over by a reputable garage and always haggle. if buying from a dealer then just haggle!

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    And watch out because if they think you are a pomme just of the plane they assume you have lots of money to spend lol...

    Not much different to car dealers anywhere in the world really

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tara Sage View Post
    And watch out because if they think you are a pomme just of the plane they assume you have lots of money to spend lol...

    Not much different to car dealers anywhere in the world really
    or estate agents!

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    Best bit of advice I can give..................
    Buy my VW Gold GTI

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    Georgebulldog, just saw where you are fromI am in Thatcham just down the road from Tadley, you will be pleased to know middle of school holidays and it's pouring down

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    I wouldn't bother with Turners, the one in Chch is not really an auction house and more of a dealership that drives its cars past a small rather bored audience. You can easily go an hour or more without anything selling and most of the same cars will come round the next day and so on.

    I reckon now is the time to buy from a dealer and to push a really hard deal. Some of these guys are starting to hurt and they need cashflow to pay the bills. I'd take 20% of their sticker price and call that my maximum.

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