SELLING YOUR CAR
Selling your car in New Zealand can be a quick & easy process. It really depends on the time of year it is and the price you are wanting to get. Most importantly, ensure you have completed the correct paperwork to be sure that you are not leaving the country still owning the vehicle!
POLICY LENGTHS ARE 3,6,9 & 12 MONTHS
TOP TIPS FOR SELLING A CAR
- Spring and early Summer (Oct through to Feb) is the peak season for travellers arriving to New Zealand.
- If you are selling over the New Zealand winter there will be fewer buyers so you may need to drop your price significantly.
- If you leave your car sale until the last week you are in the country you will be putting yourself under pressure. You could sell up to a few weeks in advance and negotiate with the buyer the date of car transfer.
- Get talking to other travellers. You never know if they are looking to buy a car.
- When selling, consider all of the options for advertising that are mentioned in our where to buy page. These include placing notices both up in backpackers on their noticeboards and online noticeboards on websites like www.backpackerboard.co.nz.
WRITE UP A DETAILED NOTICE
Include the following:
- Make, model, year of vehicle
- The kilometres on the odometer
- Registration & warrant of fitness expiration dates
- Manual or automatic
- If recent repairs or maintenance (brake pads, tyres etc.)
- Include an image or images of the vehicle
- Detail any extras you will include (maps, bedding, MP3 player)
- The price that you would like (ONO = or nearest offer)
- Your contact details
NOTIFICATION OF SALE (MR13B FORM)
It is extremely important that you notify the sale of the vehicle immediately because until this time, the vehicle will still be in your name, and you could be liable for any fines, parking tickets or other costs that could be incurred by the person you have sold the vehicle to.
We recommend that you wait for the buyer to show you proof that they’ve notified their acquisition before handing over the vehicle. This proof could be the receipted customer section of the Notice by the person acquiring motor vehicle form (MR13B) issued by the New Zealand Transport Agency and obtainable at post offices throughout the country.