If you’ve found the car for you, it’s time to settle on a price and sign on the dotted line. There are a few more steps to go and then that car’s all yours.
It’s not a big part of Kiwi culture, but negotiating when buying a car will save you money and most car yards expect it. Use the detail in your VTNZ Pre-Purchase Assessment report to help you negotiate, especially if there are things that need immediate attention.
A dealer’s price is usually what they would hope to get: start 15% lower for a used car and 20% lower for a new model.
For any purchase, try to get 15 percent or so knocked off the ticket price. If you’re paying cash, you might be able to get more. The exception is if it’s a high-value trade-in offer, or it’s a “sale price” to start with, the ticket price probably won’t move very much – if at all. (Consumer NZ)
You can also get a professional car valuation from Red Book. This will give you the confidence that you’re paying the right price for a car, and may also help you with negotiations. Go to redbook.co.nz to get a Valuation Certificate for around $17.
Once the car is all yours, make sure you have taken care of the following:
You should have this organised so that the minute you drive off with your new car you’re insured. You’ll need to decide whether you just want third party or comprehensive insurance.
You can sign up for our free reminder service here and we’ll remind you when your WoF is due.
Your rego can be renewed online with the NZTA and they will pop it in the post to you, or we can sort it out at your local VTNZ branch on the spot. We can also line your rego due date up with your WoF due date so you can save time and sort them out at the same time.
We'll have you road ready in no time.