Tag: Camper van

The End of the Road

Time to Say Goodbye

As we approached the end of our holiday, we knew it was time to say goodbye to our camper. We wanted to give ourselves plenty of time. We had read stories of people being unable to sell their campers and seen evidence of this on facebook with numerous vehicles being reposted or price dropped.

Giving ourselves just over a week, we put Cayley up for sale using several facebook pages and the website backpackerboard. By the next day we had several people lined up to view the camper van.  We sold her at asking price to the first viewers, agreeing to hand over the keys two days later us. This allowed us to make a few more memories and more importantly, hastily arrange new transport and accommodation!

Costs

By picking Cayley up in Christchurch and selling her in Auckland as well as the timings of when we bought/sold we managed to sell her for slightly more than we paid. Taking into account exchange rates at either end of the transactions, and the bit of money we put in to “upkeep” her, we ended up breaking even. Not bad, when considering a hire vehicle of similar quality would of set us back £5,000! Although we defiantly lucked out with how easy we found it to sell her, we would recommend this option for those who are staying out in New Zealand for a longer period of time.

Timings

We gave ourselves roughly a week at either end of our trip to buy and sell our camper. Although it took this long to sort out finding Cayley and all the faff with getting her sorted, selling her was a breeze. This isn’t always the case however, and you need to be prepared to make a loss if you are limited on time. There are numerous companies that will buy your camper from you, but this will often be a poor deal on your behalf – typically they will pay you half of what they can get selling it on to the next traveller!

Be prepared to spend some time showing your vehicle to other people, to be let down and disappointed – at least this way if all goes well you will be pleasantly surprised!

Buying a car or camper van in New Zealand

There are a few differences with buying vehicles than in the UK and it’s a pretty easy task, but with a few more steps.

Warrant of Fitness (WOF)

Vehicles in New Zealand must have a WOF. These are similar to Brits MOT, but less stringent.  Typically these last for either 3 or 6 months, although on newer vehicles this is 12 months. A valid WOF does not mean the vehicle is in good running order, it just checks that it is “safe”. When you buy a vehicle, the WOF should have been completed within one month of the sale.

For further details check out New Zealand Transport Agency website on the subject. Continue reading

Types of camper van in New Zealand

New Zealand is full of variety

New Zealand has a pretty unique market for camper vans due to the number of visitors they have. There are big motor homes with all the equipment and room to sleep 6, right down to a 25yr old estate car with the seats folded down and it’s important to realise that these vehicles are there to suit the demand. There are families out there looking for comfortable travel with home comforts, there are backpackers trying to do everything as cheaply as possible and there’s a whole range in between. Also there are different types of camping available to different vehicles. In New Zealand you can’t just rock up and sleep anywhere anymore. Continue reading

Cayley the Camper van

Preparing to buy a camper van

Our first big task after arriving was to find a camper. Before leaving the UK we did a fair bit of research. We looked at how long we were away for, how much travelling we wanted to do and what sort of budget we had for the trip. It was pretty easy for us to see that we wanted to travel via camper van; a few years ago we did a road trip in a big car and enjoyed travelling by road. It seems silly that we have our camper at home and have hardly used it. Continue reading

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