Buying and selling a car

There’s a lot to consider when you’re buying or selling a vehicle - luckily you can count on the AA’s motoring experts for tips and advice.


1 February 2018

A hatch and an SUV may be more similar than you think

New Zealand roads are fast becoming flooded with SUVs (Sports Utilty Vehicles), while the classic hatchback takes a back seat in new car production.


3 January 2018

Pre purchase mechanical inspections

A comprehensive pre purchase inspection (PPI) is an incredibly valuable service to car buyers that shouldn’t be over looked. In a competitive used vehicle market like New Zealand, there are always dicey vehicles around that could catch people out. In-depth inspections can often uncover secrets of a vehicle’s past and protect your future investment.

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22 December 2017

In the market for a used luxury car?

A car speaks a lot about your lifestyle, choices, and your overall personality, so it’s important to choose a vehicle that not only suits your everyday needs, but suits you as well. Now the real dilemma… you can either buy a brand new sensible car that will meet those needs or a slightly used luxury vehicle that you’ve always dreamt of. Now who wouldn’t like a BMW, Audi or Mercedes-Benz tucked away nicely in their garage? Well we’re sure most of us would, but the big question is this: Is a used luxury a smart choice?

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8 December 2017

Buying on a budget

You can almost guarantee the lucky bugger(s) who win the lotto this weekend are going to buy a new car or three… If money were no object then most people know exactly what sort of car they would get. But sadly, for the majority of us, money is an object and the type of car we would like to buy is very different from the one we can actually afford to buy. Whether you are buying your first car, are strapped for cash or simply cannot justify the outlay for a new vehicle, here are a few tips to reduce the risk of buying a lemon.

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24 November 2017

Trade in or private sale. What’s the best for me?

Many years, many memories (some good and some bad), but you’ve finally decided it’s time to say goodbye to your pride and joy and move onwards and upwards. Do you decide to make life easy and trade in the vehicle, or perhaps you want the best bang for buck, and therefore decide to sell your car privately? Everyone’s different, whether it be your lifestyle requirements or financial obligations, but let’s explore both options and see what the best is for you.


17 November 2017

Taking delivery of your new car

After years of settling for used vehicles, accepting the dents, scratches and stains, you might just find yourself in the financial position for your first car fresh off the lot. You’ve never been a part of the new car club, so you’re excited, staring out the window, waiting for the dealer to show up with your new ride.

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13 November 2017

Hybrid vs Electric

If you're interested in buying a new car with a focus on the latest fuel-efficient technology, then you're probably trying to choose between a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or an electric vehicle. They all have their pros and cons and suit people differently, so which one is for you?

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27 October 2017

What to look for when buying a used motorhome

For many Kiwis, dusting off the old tent from last summer and setting off on an adventure is the highlight of the year.

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20 October 2017

Buying a fresh Japanese import

When it comes to buying a new set of wheels, many Kiwis look no further than the used import market. Offering a wide variety of makes and models from the likes of Singapore, Australia, United Kingdom and more commonly Japan, these vehicles often represent great value for money.

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11 October 2017

Finding a ute to suit

Choosing a ute isn’t an easy decision to make. In many ways, it’s tougher than picking out your average, everyday car. Not only do people want something big enough to carry their livestock, weekend gear or tools, they’re after a vehicle that’s reliable and functional enough to keep up with their heavy lifestyle demands. Farmers and tradies particularly put a lot of trust in their utes because it’s more than just their mode of transport – it’s their workhorse.

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