1. Car binders in hostels
It’s pretty old-school but most hostels have a “Cars For Sale” binder, as well as a corkboard where sellers can post ads for cars. Although the binders and corkboard are rarely up to date, this remains your best option to find a backpacker car in New Zealand. Seriously, we love these binders here!
Tip: Some hostels write the “posting” date on the top right corner of each ad. An ad that is over 2 weeks old is unlikely to still be valid.
2. Facebook Groups
Moving online now, there are many “backpackers in New Zealand” groups on Facebook where travellers exchanges tips and sell their cars before departure. Here’s a list of some of the groups we love, one of them being our very own Facebook group where cars are listed almost every day. Plus, we respond to your questions on a daily basis. You can also find travel buddies and show off your best pictures of New Zealand on the group while you are at it. Get some tips from our 15 Simple Tips to Kill It on Backpacking Facebook Groups.
3. Trade me
New Zealand’s largest auction website does it again… TradeMe has thousands of cars listed every day by locals and travellers alike. It is unlikely that you will find a car perfectly suited to your needs on it as the site is mostly used by New Zealanders, but the sheer amount of cars available makes it a safe bet if you are looking for a basic car or if you are planning to sell your own vehicle.
4. Other online boards
There are a few other online boards and forums where travellers post cars available in New Zealand. To be honest, most of then have only a handful of listings every month, so don’t waste too muchof your precious time trawling these websites. We recommend focusing more on the above instead.
5. Car fairs
Fairs can be tricky in New Zealand. This is usually where professional sellers come to unload their older cars to travellers looking for a bargain. We made sure to talk about car fairs extensively throughout our guide, but in short: buyers beware. We only recommend car fairs to travellers whoknow their way around an engine and will be able to spot potential issues with a vehicle.
Once you have found a car for sale in New Zealand …
When you find a car that seem to be a fit, make sure to follow our extensive step by step to buy a car in New Zealand so you can be sure that the ride you are about to buy will last: